In the countdown to Groundhog Day on February 2 – immortalised by the iconic movie in which Bill Murray is trapped in a time loop– are you in danger of falling into your own groundhog day insanity at work?         Like the proverbial hamster on a wheel, are you working non-stop, getting nowhere fast and […]

Apprehensive, scared and excited are just some of the words to describe those about to take over the reins of the family business – of which there are around 4.5 million in the UK.    While seeking the same key business performance and profitability goals as every other company in today’s tough climate, family businesses face […]

Before reading our economic forecast which sees more storm clouds looming on a dark horizon, take a few moments to celebrate your business success. Congratulate yourself and your team on surviving one of the worst economic and business periods in recent times. Then when you’ve read the predictions from respected behavioural economist Roger Martin-Fagg – […]

Picture the iconic in the Star Wars movie, The Empire Strikes Back when Yoda asks Luke to harness the power of his mind to retrieve his sunken and disabled spaceship form a bog. Luke thinks this is impossible. Sure, he’s moved stones around this way – but a spaceship is completely different. Or is it? […]

Setting the right tempo and pace for your business is just as important today as it was back in 1912 when Amundsen beat Scott in the race to the South Pole. In his book Great By Choice Jim Collins dramatically demonstrates how setting the right pace – a daily 20 Mile March differentiates success and […]

The most important ‘happiness moments’ are centred around the family, but how can you improve your personal happiness score? According to What If? Forum members – who completed a two day retreat on the Queen’s estate in the Forest of Bowland – spending time with the family when the business is going well; preparing a […]

This is the question my team of business owners and leaders will be exploring today as part of their annual retreat. In a safe confidential environment they will address all aspects of the issue and look at the different ways in which they can each improve their own happiness. We all know happiness has a big role […]

As best-selling author and speaker Jon Gordon said in a recent blog about the value of developing positive relationships with the people you lead: any hard-charging leader can create success in the short term, but it would take a positive leader with a people and process-driven approach to build a successful organisation for the long […]

With the January sales in full flow – brace yourself for the most vicious retail battle for years. In the jungle warfare in which ailing high streets’ New Year sales do battle with internet shopping, standing out from the crowd and breaking with tradition is key to success. A great blog via Open Forum highlighted […]