The miracle morning routine myth

I’ve read a lot of articles recently about the miracle morning routines of successful people including prime ministers, CEOs, bloggers and even Gandhi himself. It normally goes something like this: It’s 4am and the alarm goes off, signalling the start of another wholesome and productive day. It’s nice and quiet, the perfect time to get [...]

We can’t all be leaders, we need a few managers too

We’ve all seen the memes. The manager administers; the leader innovates. Managers give answers; leaders ask questions. Managers focus on the bad; leaders emphasise the good.   The same old story – leaders are great, but managers are apparently terrible because they do this and that. The manager is a copy; the leader is an [...]

Taking life, and business, one quarter at a time

Some companies operate on the calendar year, some on the financial year, others again on different foreign financial calendars, but it seems at any one time, a good portion of the economy is paralysed by budget planning. I’ve lost count of the number of people who can’t make a decision, or plan something they want [...]

Tear down all this talk of “paywalls”

Have you heard? Amazon has a paywall around its books, you have to pay to get them! ITunes has a paywall around its songs, you have to pay to get them! Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it’? So why call it a ‘paywall’ when you’re a publisher The answer is, you shouldn’t. It’s not a wall, it’s [...]

Truth can hurt, but denial will hurt you more

I’ve got some negative feedback in my time, and I can tell you I don’t enjoy it. I get that sick feeling as I read down the email that begins with “I was very disappointed…” or the phone call that begins with “I’m not happy…” Many entrepreneurs are in business, at least in part, because [...]

Growth is life

I was talking to another business friend recently, let’s call him Kevin, who, exhausted by a few years of successful growth, was looking to put a hold on growth for a while, just tread water and maintain position rather than pursue further growth. This got me thinking, can this be done? Can you choose not [...]

A thousand tiny course corrections

A lot of publishing companies are doing it tough and I've seen a few recently rolling out bold new strategic plans to tackle the shifting market. Everyone needs a plan of course, but the problem with planning is if you make the wrong plan, and can’t adapt quickly enough, that plan is going to weigh [...]

Failing – not all it’s cracked up to be

There are a lot of motivational articles and images out there at the moment that look at the careers of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, and extrapolate their experiences as advice for all budding entrepreneurs – but perhaps some of this advice should be taken with a grain of salt. I’m constantly being [...]

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