The “how” section of my blog is full of delicious and useful tips on how to run a successful business, all gleaned from my experience of running my own businesses, and the hundreds of different companies I’ve helped to grow over the years.  Get stuck in…

The myth of hard work

Many people believe that one of the keys to success in business is to work really, really hard. There is a compelling idea that if you put in the hours, you’ll be successful. However, in my experience of working with hundreds of businesses, this simply isn’t true.

How to handle someone being horrible to you online

Some of you will know already that a couple of weeks ago I got severely panned on an online group in response to an article I wrote about networking. I thought I’d talk about what it felt like and how I handled it.

How To Respond To Feedback

The conventional wisdom in business about feedback is that it’s very important and you must always listen to it and act upon it. Which is all very well and good, but like all conventional wisdom can be a little simplistic. This isn’t my experience of how the real business world works.

Key Success Factors in Business

This article is based on a talk I gave to some budding entrepreneurs at Sussex University’s Enterprise Thursday meeting last week. I called it Key Success Factors in Business but really it’s called Some Things I’ve Noticed Which Really Work. The students liked it, so I figured you might as well.

The 10 Minute Team Meeting

I like to share some of my bag of tips and tricks which I use with my clients, so here’s one which I suggest regularly.

Doing a Pomodoro

I’ve noticed something about the way that I work. If I can concentrate on what I’m doing, I can get a whole day’s worth of work done in about an hour. Millions of items (well, about 3 or 4) can be ticked off the to do list when I’m in the zone. But if I’m not focussed, my productivity drops dramatically, and my day disappears. So I’ve been trying a new time management technique – the pomodoro technique.