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I don’t know about you but I love change.  There is no growth without change.  Evolution itself is the change of one form of life into another.  Change leads to growth, and inevitably there are casualties!  So as species evolve, others die. And that’s a bit like a business because as some businesses embrace change and grow, others fall by the wayside. Our business has changed out of all recognition over the last 2 years. 
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This week I am coaching at an event in London.  It’s a great crowd.  But I was reminded of the last time I was coaching at a similar event and there was a very angry man in the crowd.  We will call him Bob.  Now Bob had a problem.  And it wasn’t the problem he thought he had. The problem he thought he had was that he was not being listened to.  And he made
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This week has seen some interesting stuff happening in the American ‘parliament’, Congress. A proposed bill about immigration failed to get the support it needed.  That was not unexpected apparently and may not be very interesting news per se. What IS interesting is the part Donald Trump had to play in this.  The Republicans are divided as to how to tackle immigration and the conservatives who quite liked the legislation declared there was no point
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I’m Leaving You

No wait – don’t worry, I’m not leaving YOU.  I am referring to a conversation with a client this week.  He was talking about how he had lost a member of staff and was bemoaning the fact (in his opinion) that there seems to be no loyalty in business anymore. “How do I get people to stay more than 2 minutes Julie?”, he asked.  Well there is a trend in the ‘younger’ generations, Millenials for example,
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It can’t have escaped your notice this week that Donald Trump #POTUS and Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea, have historically met this week in Singapore.  Up until this point their ‘relationship’ has been a bit like The Clash of The Titans.  2 (self proclaimed) Gods, making lots of noise and sounding off about and against each other.  Who has the biggest sword.   This week they have made history.  It is the first time the
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If you had been with me and my family a couple of weeks ago, you would have been at the Arcelormittal Orbit in London. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, neither did I until a couple of weeks ago. Designed by sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is one of the most striking and enduring visual legacies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It offers
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There was a Forbes article earlier this year about trends in Leadership for 2018.  ”Is there anything new in Leadership?”, you might be asking, “Leadership is leadership, isn’t it?” Well, I think it is true to say that there are some fundamentals to good leadership that haven’t and probably will never change.  Things like – understanding and communicating what your vision and values are, and leading by example (which was one of the ‘trends’ on
gdpr
Yesterday I got off a plane from our business retreat in Rhodes (yes, we did do work as well as a bit of sunbathing).  Being on my own on the flight, I had anticipated that I would write my (very boring) GDPR emails to keep myself entertained or thought I might sleep all the way back to England. HOWEVER, little did I know that GDPR is finding its way into the most interesting of places.
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We are currently working abroad. In Rhodes, in fact. We had allocated time out for our regular planning week and this time we decided to remove ourselves from the normal day to day distractions of households, computer systems that go phut  (apparently we have the fastest broadband but it regularly goes so slow I could walk faster…) and the other normal business demands, so that we could fully concentrate on our business’s plans and focus
Brian
Yes – I did say the rule of Brian NOT the Rule of Brain (isn’t that a horror story?), or The Life of Brian.  And NO – I have not finally lost the plot.  Let me explain. We were with friends of ours at the weekend – and we were talking about an old friend called Brian.  We were talking about whether one of our friends should change their morning routine now that their child