Qualifications Are Only Paper
After delivering a workshop to a Middle East customer, I was walking back through the lobby, speaking to one of the delegates. The delegate was very well educated (Bachelors and Masters qualifications) and, as we walked and talked, they kindly went to open the door for me. He pushed the door and it wouldn’t open. […]More Info
There are going to be times in our personal and professional lives when we feel like we have lost control – and this sensation has so many negative effects on us. This sense of loss means that we become angry, confused and even bitter – all stemming from a sense of helplessness. The first thing […]More Info
Take The High Growth Test
I’ve worked with enough innovative companies over the past 10 years to find 9 strong indicators of success. Here’s what they did to succeed – feel free to test your company against them. Many successful high growth companies had disruptive solutions that changed the way their customers did business. They created advantage for market leaders, […]More Info
Get The Balance Right
If you had sat me down two years ago and told me that I would be part of a business that trains Nigerians in Business and Enterprise, I would have not only been amazed at the radical difference from my life at the time, but I would have seriously wondered about your sanity :). From […]More Info
Why do we do what we do?
I am a lucky person, when I think about it: I have good health, I have a loving family; I live in a western European country with a commitment to a welfare state; I live in a democracy. The list is quite endless. So when I am asked by people “why do you do what […]More Info
Looking for the benefit
I love my job. I love how I can work with people and, over time, see them change and grow – to see their outlook on life shift. Knowing that I have a direct impact on that happening is fantastic. One of my key goals in Intensive Fostering is to ensure each child has appropriate […]More Info
“You have Intrapreneurylococcus”
I used to hear voices inside my head telling me to do things differently than anyone else in my proximity at work. It didn’t go away regardless of what I tried to do. I finally gave in and went to see a “brain doctor”. He told me “You’re fine. You have Intrapreneurylococcus ”. Now, my […]More Info
Innovation Nation: Britain’s Best Kept Secret
Over many years successive UK Government policies have stuffed the economy full of great inventions. But no matter how much money you throw at them, there simply isn’t enough commercial experience around to make all but a few successful. The UK has more highly innovative companies, per head of population, than any other country. Think […]More Info
Can you tell me why?
I can be pretty precise about the date where I started to ‘do what I do’. Before June 30th 1997, I was an aggressive money-driven salesman who’s sole interest was getting deals. I was in a long-term relationship but I was still far more interested in my work. In fact, I used to play a […]More Info
What motivates me?
If someone had told me, ten years’ ago, that I would be heading up a school unit in North Africa, I would have laughed! I moved from being a business manager at a special state school in the UK to being a foundation stage head teacher in Egypt but it wasn’t an easy transition. Originally, […]More Info