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[21 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Imagine a big horizontal stone flywheel rotating on its spindle with a significant momentum.

But the thing is, it’s going in the wrong direction! Your job is to make it go in the opposite direction with the same degree of momentum.
That’s not going to be easy! Whatever task you are faced with, slow it down slowly, make it stop, start it moving slowly in the right direction. Build up …

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[11 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]

Lifestyle Saturday
How it works, I don’t know, but we all go through phases of strong self discipline and we are all subjected to episodes of bureaucracy!
On the health front, both have been apparent this week. My family has been astonished at my self discipline and my ability to ignore the chocolate bars that have been in our kitchen for the past week (and more). And, I am astonished by the perpetual bureaucracy of the Government and its NHS directives. The handling of the current Pig Flu issue appears to them …

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[22 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

More Profit in Less Time – The Wednesday Tip
I’ve blogged about the hedgehog theory before, and it’s always worth visiting Jim Collin’s story again. If you want to know more about the ancient fable of the hedgehog and the fox click here.
Today, I want to focus on the “hot wired for” element of Jim Collin’s model. So, what are you hot wired for? What do you find incredibly simple and easy, yet others don’t? In fact it’s so natural to you, that you cannot fully understand why anybody else should …

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[1 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

More Profit in Less Time – The Wednesday Tip
Is your business making enough money? Do you know which services or goods give you your best profit margins? And, do you concentrate on those?
The profit generator is one of three elements in the hedgehog theory put forward by Jim Collins. If you know which bit of your business creates more profit than the rest, then doesn’t it make sense to concentrate on that bit? I looked at my business a few years ago and listed all of the things we did. …

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[15 Mar 2009 | 2 Comments | ]

There are two ways to look at the current economic downturn and this week The Economist mentions both. You can think “it’s gonna be bad and I’m gonna suffer” or you can think “”it’s gonna be bad and I’m gonna find the opportunities”.
According to The Economist, unemployment is going to go up big time. Businesses are failing and people are being laid off. In this weeks Economist supplement on entrepreneurship, the message is that no matter what the circumstances, some people just have it, and are going to succeed. How …

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[14 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

How many of you have a “to do” list? Yes, I thought so! And, how many of you have a “not to do” list? A what?
The thing which characterises great businesses, and distinguishes them from good businesses, is the stuff that they don’t do . . . the stuff that they have conscientiously decided not to do. Since going paperless, we have continued to send out traditional letters in one or two cases. We have conscientiously decided not to do that any longer. We still operate a hybrid system to …