Risk and the dogsbody

“Chief, cook and bottle washer. Risk taker, dogsbody, that’s me, Charlie …” That’s just the way it goes when you are working as a sole trader Ben, we start and go forward with ‘the plan,’ right? Look at it this way … Every big business started as a smaller business. There is always a timeContinue reading “Risk and the dogsbody”

Don’t mention Vicar

The conversation was going nicely until I mentioned the Vicar. My colleague Helen has a well established stained glass business when the conversation naturally turned to business referral. ‘Would you like an introduction to the Vicar, Helen?’ ‘No.’ Came her curt reply, the ecclesiastic world is not my market, I prefer to provide my servicesContinue reading “Don’t mention Vicar”

… share the wear

‘Charlie, I need to change suppliers, these have let me down yet again – why can’t they get it right …’ Delivery problem Ben? ‘I need to change ’em Charlie, they don’t share the vision.’ Hey, let’s not alienate ourselves from colleagues, our team, that’s not what successful leadership is about … who is itContinue reading “… share the wear”

You. The Individual

It’s been 12 weeks since Ben asked me to help with his individual ‘offer.’ He has worked hard in the transition from back-room support act to become Managing Director of the family firm, the organisation that had earned his mum and dad a reputable business, a healthy clientele and a good living. We had justContinue reading “You. The Individual”

What’s the plan?

Ok, here’s the plan. It’s Monday morning and Ben was feeling just a little apprehensive with this first day of being officially ‘unemployed.’ Now I don’t know about but first thing in the morning tea needs to make an appearance before I’m ready to go. My colleague was no different, we chatted and I soonContinue reading “What’s the plan?”

Change, get out of your way.

Is the glass half empty or half full? Are you a positive influence or one of negativity? Do you sugarcoat things or get straight to the point? Much has been said about the best way of approaching business development or implementation of change, it can be stressful for many. Each of us have our goalsContinue reading “Change, get out of your way.”

Time for coffee?

Breakfast was over, I had grabbed a coffee and was about to head toward the office when the ‘phone rang. Now the other hand was busy. On the other end of the line was Tricia. Tricia had recently started a physiotherapy business and returned from holiday with what is recognised as a seasonal ‘gripe’ –Continue reading “Time for coffee?”

Compass due north?

It can be tough at the top … just ask any owner/manager. During the busy times there are simply not enough hours in the day, we’re pretty much stretched just coping, ‘making hay’ when we’re busy and when those quieter times arrive? We take the opportunity to ‘kick back’ don’t we? We embrace the ‘downContinue reading “Compass due north?”

The one golden nugget

What do you get reading about elite performers … about their drive, their discipline? It’s different feelings for each of us as we hear how others set out to achieve ‘best in their field’ status – learning more about themselves as they work at reaching those goals. It’s great to hear of their dedication, theirContinue reading “The one golden nugget”