Is collaboration killing your team’s creativity?

"Collaboration", "teamwork", "brainstorming". These words have become synonymous with today's working culture. The shift toward working environments that are based on face-to-face interaction has increased in recent years. It's something I've witnessed during my five-year tenure as a business and technology consultant. But what if, in the race to develop new ideas and produce higher quality... Continue Reading →

Stop procrastinating! Try this instead…

When was the last time you put something off that you really ought to have done? Procrastination is something we all do. But did you know, by procrastinating you are risking more than just a deadline? People who put things off are more likely to experience greater stress, worry and guilt. It's even linked to being... Continue Reading →

5 time management tips for busy entrepreneurs

Did you know, the best part of being your own boss is also the worst? I'm referring to time management. On one hand, you get to decide when you wake up, when you go to the gym and when it's time to call it a day. That's great. On the other hand, you have to... Continue Reading →

The “difference” between a startup and an SME (small medium enterprise)

Are we comparing apples to oranges or has the term "startup" simply been bastardised by the media and fair-weather founders, not wanting to face the realities of running a business? A recent post by fellow blogger, Jozsef Torsan, got me thinking about the difference between a startup and a small to medium sized enterprise. Curious as... Continue Reading →

The problem with today’s “start-up” culture…

At a recent startup demo event, the event sponsor, who I won't name, boasted that their "members have been bought by Google, Facebook, Oracle and others" and "have raised over $1 billion dollars in funding". I assume it was an attempt to gather new members from the audience for the coworking spaces they offer. Not... Continue Reading →

Here’s why a young, beach-bound retirement isn’t the answer

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” - Pablo Picasso How does the idea of amassing a fortune to retire aged 30 and sit on a beach for the rest of your years sound? This is an idea Chris Guillebeau poses in his book The... Continue Reading →

Why you need to quit doing your own grocery shopping (and how)

It’s been a long, busy day. I’m tired, I’m hungry and I’d rather be anywhere else than in my local supermarket; heaving a shopping basket in my hand. Once again my lack of preparation meant that I’d picked up more than I’d probably need (I’d always been a sucker for an impulse buy!). What’s more,... Continue Reading →

Want a new business idea? Here’s why you need to stop trying to think of one

“Why do so many founders build things no one wants? Because they begin by trying to think of start-up ideas” - Paul Graham (co-founder, Y-Combinator). It was March 2016 and I was armed with two "great" new business ideas, which I'd dreamt up whilst sat on a beach in the Philippines reading Tim Ferris' The Four... Continue Reading →

5 methods I used (and still am using) to manage my fear of failure

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" - Vincent van Gogh I was on my way to being an entrepreneur. My finances were in order, as discussed in a previous post. Now all I needed was a million pound business idea, right? Wrong. If only it were that simple. As with... Continue Reading →

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