Back to School – Your Narrative

I recently had an interview with a headhunting agency and I was confident in my narrative which took me to the start of my career 17 years ago. However, I was not prepared for their request: "OK, so could you take us through your background to bring us up to speed on how you got... Continue Reading →

Delivering an Experience

About three years ago I had a fascinating conversation with a friend. Dropping the word brand and using the word experience. I was fighting for the former noting the latter was / should be an outcome of the former, but it did get me thinking about the experience. One common thing among all humans is... Continue Reading →

Setting the Culture from the Start

Defining the culture of a company from the start is part of a founder's normal daydreams. Images of happy, dedicated staff who see the company as part of their family but without the emotional baggage. This may even be visual with bean bags, art, ping-pong tables and what sort of socials and how often forming... Continue Reading →

Lessons Learnt 5: Integrity

This is not buzzword bingo Integrity can be boiled down to mean ‘being true to your word’. That’s fine, however, most of us don’t know what our ‘word’ is. Identifying your values can only come from identifying what is important to you and what impact you want to have. Noting that all great plans of... Continue Reading →

Lessons Learnt 4: Focus

Multi-tasking is the worst positive lie out there So, let’s clear up one thing here first and foremost – stop the gender stereotyping! Because either way multi-tasking can be a dangerous hobby. This is coming from someone who prided themselves on being able to be on the phone, cooking dinner, listening to an audio business... Continue Reading →

Lessons Learnt 3: Accountability

Not just something for the CV OK, so this really challenges us. I always thought I was accountable, I was very pro-active, I picked up loose ends and was happy to stand up at the end and take it. Yeah, of course, we all do, until it happens. When it really comes to the crunch... Continue Reading →

Lessons Learnt 2: Listening

Basically, the ability to communicate There are very few people I like to listen to. True raconteurs are a rare thing. Some of the greatest stories have been the dullest, the lady who got on a fast bus, the skier who missed the pole – but I was enraptured. But enough about the orators this... Continue Reading →

Lessons Learnt 1: Communication

Throughout my working career, I learn every day. This is the first in a series of lessons learnt that I have jotted down over time that has helped my performance and act as useful reminders. Why don’t they teach this in schools? The biggest challenge we face is the ability to communicate. This basic of... Continue Reading →

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