Forging the business

I met with Stephen Lunn recently, an artist who has been part of the family-run business since 1974. The renowned foundry itself operating for over a century. During our conversation, I asked Stephen whether he had any business advice, something he may wish to share? Stephen thought for a minute before offering the following tips, genuine ‘goldContinue reading “Forging the business”

I see you!

I was interested to learn recently that, according to a recent Deloitte survey, 59% of consumers say they have  increased their usage of local services and retailers. (< link) With this shift towards local business offering greater support to the surrounding economies, it certainly seems good business sense to play a proactive role in supporting community-level enterpriseContinue reading “I see you!”

To-do, or not …

I know, it’s tough keeping the ‘to-do’ list in check during these distracting times, let alone the ‘bigger picture.’ although that should always be top of the list … where do I wish to go and how am I going to get there? The humble to-do list will keep us on track for the more straight-forwardContinue reading “To-do, or not …”

So, what do you see?

‘Bob, what’s on your mind? You look puzzled.’ ‘How do you see the community of the future Charlie?’ It was a question I wasn’t prepared for although I wanted to give the answer some consideration. After all, the past few months had been a roller coaster. Until recently Bob had a steady, well-paid job inContinue reading “So, what do you see?”

familiar paths

Isn’t it great, especially during the current times of uncertainty, when old friends get in touch? I hadn’t heard from Alastair for a bit until he picked up the landline and called me: ‘Charlie, I was wondering whether you can help me …’ Alastair and I have been friends since we worked together on his firstContinue reading “familiar paths”

Right time, right place.

Johannes (Hans) is a friend of mine. I’ve known him my entire career. We’d met during his reign as a celebrated owner of the local patisserie, Hans had one and all visiting for a weekend treat, or brunch stop. That was in my old home town of Sydney, Hans lived there for around 18 yearsContinue reading “Right time, right place.”

set up the win

So the world keeps spinning, stories are told, published, people hear and some even listen. The mainstream ‘news’ can be misleading, divisive, rabble-rousing.  So, who do we listen to?I find it helps to stay mindful, understanding that ‘news’ is designed to sell. No-one wants to hear what a fantastic holiday you’ve had, although if theContinue reading “set up the win”

Let’s move forward.

Join us as we move forward in conversation this week, working with the confidence we have in our business, the offer while highlighting the skills and ability to drive on, with purpose … Like to join us this Wednesday, 13th January  (12.30 until 13.45) Perhaps the morning suits you?  Thursday, 14th  (8 – 9.15 am)Continue reading “Let’s move forward.”

Let’s go and see … Thursday morn’.

What’s it going to take, to move on? Clarity? Always useful. Budgets? Not essential. How about a road map, some direction? Better still … ‘Anyone have a crystal ball?’ I hear you say With a distinct message of ‘back to business,’ we’re discussing the best way forward this week. What’s on the other side? WhereContinue reading “Let’s go and see … Thursday morn’.”