Personal Stories

Postcard from Morocco – keeping business simple

keeping business simpleI’ve recently returned from a two week holiday in Morocco. Before you think of sun and sand, we are a hyperactive family and we love the variety of doing something different every day.

We persuaded our 13 and 10 year old children to climb the highest mountain in north Africa, Jebel Toubkal at 4167 metres, though we hadn’t banked on camping in a snowstorm. We also made it to the… Continue reading →

Be a Stepping Stone for a Graduate

stepping stone for a graduateWhy would a graduate join your company when can you offer no career progression? Sure, you can offer a fantastic variety of work and give them massive responsibility. But then what?

I’ve discussed the idea of a small business being the first stepping stone for a graduate in their career. Universities and graduates are very much in favour. I believe it should be a key part of their marketing message… Continue reading →

5 Project Failures and What I’ve Learnt

project failuresSo many projects set up with good intentions end up not delivering the full benefits. Mine included. I’ve had a host of project failures to my name.

I figure it’s fine to make a mistake, but I should learn from it. Which is why I thought it worth sharing 5 project failures I’ve made and what I’ve learnt from those mistakes.

1. Wrong scope

I’d been at a client for… Continue reading →

Running a Business is like Riding a Bike

Running a Business is like Riding a Bike

I recently went on a “Stop Crashing for Beginners” Mountain Biking course. I’d been out with a group of friends and had to get off and push when others rode on through. Strength and stamina didn’t help here. I lacked the skill.

The course was run by Ed Oxley who taught me how to position myself when descending a steep slope. Importantly this meant I wasn’t about to be propelled… Continue reading →

How Unwanted Baggage Dragged my Company into Receivership

company into receivership
Have you been through the pain of putting a company into receivership? It leaves an indelible mark on employees, shareholders, suppliers, customers not to mention the indirect effect on families and the local community.

Five months I worked for Praxis Tailoring in 2000 before recommending, as Finance Director, we call in the receivers. Six months before my first child, was due.

Why join at all?

Well there was a fresh… Continue reading →