Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Are You Your Own Worst Enemy I remember when I was first starting out in business, a consultant said to me, “The best thing about your company is you, and the worst thing about your company is you.” I didn’t really understand what this meant at the time but over time it certainly made sense to me. Are you your own worst enemy? Do you know what your faults are and the potential impact that this could have on your business? It sounds … [Read more...]

Spare a Thought For Your Competition

Spare a Thought For Your Competition Letting people down affects everyone. Spare a thought for your competitors when you provide a service and let a customer down. You may just excuse your mistake and explain it away as a bad week in business, however the ripple effect of this is so much bigger. Let’s take Search Engine Optimisation as an example. An SEO consultant offers his services to an insurance company saying that he can get their … [Read more...]

Office First Impressions Last – Buy Second Hand Furniture

Office First Impressions Last - Buy Second Hand Furniture Everybody likes to work in a pleasant, warm environment. However people prefer to have a job over having an expensive office desk. What is sometimes seen as necessary expenditure for a start-up company is one of the causes of the culture that kills it. Take two companies: – expensive furniture, expensive chairs, expensive offices. People who came to work for boo … [Read more...]

Give Up The Don’t Give Up

For years I have lived by the mantra Don’t give Up. Keep pushing on, Don't take no for an answer, don’t be defeated, dream the impossible, Come on you beauty were all words I’d find myself saying subconsciously and passionately every day. This was naturally followed by a fist punch into the air. But one phrase beat them all, and that was Don’t Give Up. So much of the time people stop at the first hurdle when they feel deflated, … [Read more...]

Humility and Incompetence

Humility is refreshing, incompetence is not. It’s not often that people say sorry. It’s seen as a sign of weakness in many circles for people to acknowledge they have got something wrong. In a ‘survival of the proudest’ world that we live in, people feel justified to fight their corner, as opposed to own up and acknowledge their mistakes. When did you last experience someone being humble in the work place? It’s refreshing when it comes. But … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas for all the Successful People

It's Christmas day, and I'm stealing a moment to myself. All the prep for Christmas Dinner has been done. I've chopped the veg, given and opened some pressies, the girls are getting dressed and Chris is cooking up a storm. I am enjoying I am Kloot, before no doubt the Christmas Tunes come on, when the rest of the family arrive. This is the first year I've spent Christmas in Manchester and I must say it makes me feel differently about home. … [Read more...]