Monthly Archives: November 2012

What an awful day!

Sad woman looking through rainy window

Perhaps it’s a symptom of this time of year.  I’ve been hearing lots of people saying things like “It’s a grim day”, “What a grey day”, “It’s a sh%t&y day … again!”  You might think I’ve been talking to desperate people; people at the end of their luck, about to be put onto the streets, searching for their next meal.  But no, these are your everyday people – talking about the weather! They’re the kind of people that […]

Letting go of the baby

Baby being handed from one person to another

Owners of small to medium sized businesses often don’t have a clear idea of what will happen with the company when they eventually come to retire or simply want to pursue different interests.  Even when they do, they simply have trouble “letting go of the baby”. Will the company continue?  Is the company in a suitable state to be able to sell it or will it be the case of shutting the door and walking […]

Does your business run like clockwork?

Skeleton watch with cogs visible

The other day I heard someone exclaiming that “your people are your business”, “take away the people and there is no business”.  In the past I would have immediately agreed with this; however now I’d take a different view.  No I’m not discounting the claim – it simply doesn’t go far enough. It’s not just the people; it’s the relationships.  Take the analogy of a clock or a watch; one powered by clockwork as opposed to the […]

Do you feel fulfilled?

Business man feeling fulfilled

My birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks.  Looking at the latest figures from the UK’s Office of National Statistics, life expectancy is currently around 78 for a man and 82 for a woman.  Based on this I have about 9,500 days left; and as I’m almost 19,000 days old that puts me 2/3 of the way there!  Now some might say “Oh no. Only 9,500 days left?  That’s nothing!”  However, another way of looking […]

How confident are you? – an alternative perspective

Two hands - one with thumb up and one with thumb down

Self-confidence is an important factor in determining how you think, feel and behave.  Your level of self-confidence largely determines what you make happen in life and what you ultimately achieve, so improving your self-confidence is key to you living life to your full potential. There are a variety of ways to develop self-confidence, such as celebrating your achievements and reminding yourself that although you’re not everything you are going to be, thankfully you’re not what […]