What’s on your mind?

I love what I do, my job. I enjoy helping friends move ahead in business through the fraternity. People like to do business with real people. It’s also one of the reasons why I’m enjoying the publishing industry a whole lot more these days. People are making themselves a much more accessible. Real people. It’sContinue reading “What’s on your mind?”

Bringing up baby

So, I was told Ben was quitting, yep, he’d had enough. It was time for him to take the foot off the gas and leave ‘the baby.’ He was to walk away from the business of ten years. I asked him what had happened that would make him ‘throw in the towel?’ I simply couldn’t see theContinue reading “Bringing up baby”

You, want to help me?

Yes Ian, I know someone who can help you with that … My friend had expressed a need for a specific kind of business support. With my offer being anything but extraordinary, I was somewhat taken aback with the reply: You do? But, why would you want to help me? I quickly explained that helpingContinue reading “You, want to help me?”

Our fair weather friend(s)

  “Hey, c’mon we’ll be late for kick-off!” It’s Saturday morning and I’d called by to collect one or two lads for the local rugby meet, the regular transport being unable to support us this time around … As the boys clamoured into the back of the wagon, there was the usual hubbub, high spiritsContinue reading “Our fair weather friend(s)”

Innovation

In my business, I get plenty of questions. Mostly these focus on the difference. Innovation and how they can increase the level of business. It’s something I ask myself on a daily basis. How about you? If we’re not ‘on top of our game’ it’s very easy for business these days to find that they’veContinue reading “Innovation”

Ready for the harvest

‘Busy connecting, that’s me Charlie … it’s looking good.’ Ben and I had been discussing his latest steps toward independence from business with mum and dad and now the conversation has moved to the new found sales network. With finance and the accountant now in place, Ben was happy to visualise how he could moveContinue reading “Ready for the harvest”

Refer or not?

Would you refer me? It makes all the difference. I like the fact that amongst my network colleagues there are those who are prepared to go the extra mile. It makes me feel very lucky and grateful for the resource we have. Not only does it qualify who I could refer but I learn to understandContinue reading “Refer or not?”

Vision through friends

The coffee was cold, cake a memory and as I prepared to leave the office the mobile sprang to life with text: ‘Just sent you an email, come back to me!’ The number was familiar although ‘nothing current.’ Being curious, I did of course proceed as instructed and checked ‘mail’ anyway. Hey Charlie, it’s JackieContinue reading “Vision through friends”

Meerkat vs Coyote

I put the telephone down from Hans, I’d not spoken with him for a while. It was a rewarding conversation – one of those times you pick up just where you left off as if it were yesterday. A sign of real friendship don’t you think? Hans called to tell me of (amongst other things)Continue reading “Meerkat vs Coyote”

Coming in for landing …

If you can get them, try holidays next year; they really work! Occasionally the challenge can be coming back to ‘biz’ don’t you think? If we’re not on the ball, the best-laid plans are soon scuppered by the unexpected. It was 7.30am and the first tea and sticky bun were already a distant memory as Continue reading “Coming in for landing …”