The secret to building a successful business

Secret chest

We know that business life has got more demanding in recent years, as the pace of change gets ever greater and traditional models are disrupted. Companies need to be more agile, flexible, dynamic, responsive, creative, innovative and resilient to survive and grow. They often look to startups, where they perceive the qualities exist, and try […] Read More…

Where did coaching come from?

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“Where did coaching come from?” This was the question posed by Leni Wildflower at the beginning of her talk on ‘The Hidden History of Coaching’ that I attended last night. It hasn’t just appeared out of nowhere, nor has it developed from ‘a friendly chat’. It has, as she explained and has detailed in her […] Read More…

The virtues of blogging and shipping

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A few months ago I decided to start a new blog called After the Mothership, aimed at people who have finished a substantial corporate career and are having to adapt to life outside that environment. An irregular blogger for nearly 6 years, I had never got into a habit. Now I needed to build up […] Read More…

What’s in your overlaps?

Venn 1_Fotor

My love of Venn diagrams comes from my background in Product management. It’s sort of compulsory, it’s the way we think. Most of us don’t think about Venn diagrams in relation to ourselves but I did because of a James Altucher post, in which he talks about focus (see point II). The conventional wisdom is […] Read More…

Working on my Why

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If, like me,  you are a fan of Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why and his idea of the Golden Circle, you will be familiar with the concept of understanding your Why.  If you aren’t, then check out Simon’s hugely popular Ted talk or his Start with Why website. I have been using Simon’s online […] Read More…

Old enough to tie our own shoelaces

Shoelaces

I am very excited by the idea of self-managing organisations. The evidence is that they are more successful, more profitable, more innovative, more adaptable, more resilient than conventionally-structured ones. They are happier, more creative places for people to work and people have higher levels of engagement, a greater sense of belonging and purpose and higher […] Read More…

Our six core needs

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If you’ve ever worked in a cubicle farm, surrounded by beige and grey, starved of daylight and penned in like sheep, you’ll know that office design has an impact of how you feel and how you work. Now, Herman Miller, who hosted the excellent workshop “The Art and Science of Wellbeing” that I wrote about […] Read More…

The Art of Work

Sailing

This is my piece of art. Ok, it’s not Van Gogh but I enjoyed making it. It’s a picture of one of my ‘happy places’, sailing on the Norfolk Broads (you think this is bad, you should see the one I did of skiing..). The point is, it was the first time I had done painting […] Read More…

I don’t want to be happy

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There’s a lot of talk today about happiness in work. Organisations are urged to make their staff because happy people are more productive and happy businesses perform better. Individuals are told to follow their passion, to pursue happiness because they will be more successful doing something that makes them happy. There are any number of […] Read More…