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[25 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

Lifestyle Saturday
I have too much stuff! Stuff which I could probably do without, but stuff which I am loathe to dispose of. In comparison to my childhood days, I am probably living that life of luxury that I once dreamed off. I have material goods which we never could have imagined in the past. And no, I do not own the yacht in this picture!

So, how should I rationalise all my stuff, and focus on what I really need? Let me tell you how I do it. I imagine that …

getting things done »

[8 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

Traditional businesses have three divisions . . . Operations, Finance and Marketing.
Drucker’s classic model includes the CEO (a visionary) and the MD (a strategist). In the 1970s some business gurus came up with the idea of a fourth division which they called “Soft Systems”. We now call it HR. My personal view is that “Soft Systems” is two divisions and that there are seven in total.

Even though CEO and MD are not really “divisions” they command special attention. At Proactive we have an OM (an Operations Manual) divided into seven …

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[8 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]

One of the most influential books I have ever read is “The E-Myth”. The book sets out Michael Gerber’s advice for all small businesses and was written when E meant “Entrepreneur” and not “Electronic”. I am grateful to Dean Martin of Beyond Excellence who first drew the book to my attention. The sub title says it all . . .
Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It!
I highly recommend it. Gerber is the first person to tell you that chapter 1 can be tough going and …

on the bridge »

[7 Feb 2009 | One Comment | ]

Why would I give you seven blogs in one?
The human brain craves order . . . that’s why! We like things to be neat and tidy. Given a choice between total and utter chaos or strict discipline, we would all choose strict discipline!
You disagree? OK, let me put it this way . . . given the choice between a smart, clean, purposeful hotel with uniformed staff, or a grotty, litter strewn one with rude, unkempt and wayward staff, which one would you genuinely prefer to stay in?
This blog is organised …