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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 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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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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We all did some crazy things in our youth

As a young Brummie lad, there was many a night where a “brilliant idea” turned into a total disaster and ended with waking up in a field/bush/stranger’s flat with only one shoe… But I bet most of you never did anything quite as crazy as Welshman, Brian Robson. Back in his youth, Brian was working in Australia, when he became …

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The Suez Canal has been all over the press this week.

Evergreen cargo ship, Ever Given, ran aground nearly a week ago – blocking the canal and causing a tailback of 367 vessels.   More than $9 billion of trade passes through the Suez Canal each day – and a reroute adds an extra 4 weeks onto the journey and takes ships down through perilous and hostile waters.   It really …

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The Rule of Three

They say bad luck comes in 3s… Now, I’m not superstitious, but I have noticed that there seems to be some truth in this… Your car breaks down, you sprain your ankle and you smash your phone screen all in a week. But it’s not only bad luck that subscribes to the rule of three… A few weeks ago an …

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