Management

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 [...]

We’re not going to listen to you!

The other day I got some communication from one large company or other that had a few significant errors that I needed to correct. I went to reply but of course the email had been sent from a ‘do not reply’ address, so I had to go hunting for other details. Sometimes these emails tell [...]

Why distress rates suck!

My publishing training was a bit unorthodox, in that it began when I found myself charged with running a publishing company without any experience. In the early days – and perhaps even now – there were a lot of long-held industry practices that didn’t make all that much sense to me. It was only a [...]

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