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Big Hairy Goals

How often do you look at your big hairy audacious goals? Most business owners have goals. Daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals… You probably have yearly goals too. But where do you want to be in 5 years time? What about 10 years? Do your goals for this week or month actually tie in with that big, long-term vision? I’ve …

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What A Scorcher

There’s something you need to know about the British. We like to talk about the weather. In fact, we’re a little bit famous for it. The weather forms a core part of every Brit’s small talk repertoire. “Bloody boiling today isn’t it mate?” “Raining again I see” “Did you see the weather forecast for the weekend?” If it’s hot, we’re …

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It’s coming home

This week the bubble burst here in the UK. After weeks of excitement, hope and anticipation, on Sunday night the England football team fought valiantly but finally admitted defeat in a penalty shoot-out in the European Championship Final. Pubs all across the UK were filled with cheers and tears as we let go of the hope that after 55 years …

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What The Romans Taught Me About Business

If you know me, you’ll know I love football, beer and business. But did you know that I’m a bit of a history buff too? I love a good historical tale and I think there’s a lot to be learned from history’s greatest leaders. Everyone knows a little about the Romans. How they conquered the western world and brought straight …

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Who’s Been A Naughty Boy…

Never underestimate the power of social media. Here in the UK, it’s been no big secret that our government are a little, shall we say…incongruent. They say one thing, then do another. The funny thing is, they forget that it’s the people here that really hold the power. Now, don’t worry – this isn’t just a political whinge… there’s an …

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I was chatting to an American friend of mine a few days ago

“How are you doing?” I asked. “Fine,” He replied. “Well, fine apart from the cicadas.” Now, I don’t know about you. But I had no idea what cicadas were. I’d never heard of them. But my New York buddy explained. Cicadas are small, locust type bugs that sweep the Eastern states in the USA and only make an appearance once …

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The New Normal

A phrase that’s been thrown around a lot here in the UK. While much of the world has moved on and started to get back to normal, we seem to be dragging our heels a little. In fact, just this last week our promised “freedom day” where all restrictions would be lifted has been bumped back by another month. That …

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I was wrong

I’m a bit old fashioned when it comes to business. I believe that nothing builds relationships better than sitting down together in person, enjoying a pint together and having a good old chin wag. But when the pandemic hit the UK and we went into lockdown, I begrudgingly moved to online meetings. I’ll be honest – it’s been ok. Once …

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Think you’re easily sold? I bet I’m worse.

I’ll buy anything. A slick pitch, a good offer and that’s all it takes. My hand is in my wallet and I’m handing over the cash faster than my wife can say “Are you serious?” Sometimes it works out well – like the hot tub that kept us going through the last 12 months of lockdown – and sometimes not …

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Birthday Blues

Well, that’s it. I’ve gone and done it… I’ve finally reached the ripe old age of 50 – I’m officially half a century old. In my culture here in the UK, age isn’t celebrated like in some. It’s feared. There’s a real attitude of getting older being a really negative thing… but I see things a little differently. I might …

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