10 Questions to Ask Yourself before you Start your own Business

It is generally agreed that we need more business start-ups. Small businesses are engines for economic growth, innovation and employment. We need more entrepreneurial activity and that means more individuals taking the dangerous, difficult and courageous decision to start their own business. How do you go about starting a new business? Well obviously you need a good idea. Once you have one I recommend... Read More--


Three Simple Steps to Boost your Self-Esteem

Try these three actions to increase your confidence Life can be a tough journey. Everyone gets down from time to time. For some people it is a minor blip but others slip into a trough of depression from which they struggle to emerge. Whatever state you are in it is good to give your self-esteem and confidence an occasional boost. Here are three simple things you can do to re-energise your batteries. 1.... Read More--


The Six Best Ways to become Rich

We tend to assume that if we work hard and save money then one day we will end up wealthy. This is wishful thinking. We are more likely to end up with some modest but useful savings. If you want to accumulate serious wealth then there a number of approaches you can use and some are much more effective than others. The best ways are as follows: 1.  Start your own business and eventually sell it. ... Read More--


How to Think what Nobody Else Thinks

How can you think of things that no-one else thinks of? The answer is by deliberately taking a different approach to the issue from everyone else. There are dominant ideas in every field. The innovative thinker purposefully challenges those dominant ideas in order to conceive new possibilities. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who discovered Vitamin C, said, ‘Genius is seeing what everyone... Read More--


Make Email your Servant not your Master

Let’s be clear. Your email is not your work; it is simply a tool to help you do your work. But like any tool it can be ineffective or even dangerous when used wrongly. Here is how to make email your servant not your master. 1. Check your email inbox at set intervals. Do not have your email on and active in front of you all the time. For most people it is better to check email no more than three... Read More--


Trust your Intuition

MBA students are taught to treat business in a rational, scientific way. They analyse situations, develop financial models, critically examine management decisions and logically examine different scenarios. When they emerge from the hallowed halls of academia they are often surprised to find that businesses run much less on logic and much more on emotion. It is not cold, intelligent analysis that drives... Read More--


Eight Resolutions that will Guarantee a More Interesting Life

Variety may be the spice of life but many people find themselves in a rut where there is little variety and no spice. If you want a varied, challenging and innovative year ahead then try these resolutions: 1. Set yourself a secret assignment at work.  Pick a big challenge that is not in your current job objectives and make it your personal goal to achieve it. Chose something that will surprise and... Read More--


Seven Simple Steps to Boost your Creativity at Work

It is easy to get into a rut at work.  The longer you have been doing the job the greater the tendency to keep doing things the way you have always done them.  That is easy and straightforward – and boring.  In almost every job there are opportunities for creativity and innovation – sometimes they are small procedural improvements and sometimes they are big risky innovations.  How can you put... Read More--


Seven Habits of Highly Ineffective People

Some people are effective and get things done, others are ineffective and fail. The key difference between the two groups is not talent or luck. It is what they choose to do and choose not to do. Here are seven of the key habits of ineffective people. 1. They drift. Ineffective people drift though life with no clear goals. They approach each day in a haphazard way without any priorities. They do not... Read More--


You can Choose to be Successful

If you watch TV you might be led to believe that success depends on extraordinary luck or on extraordinary talent. Contestants on game shows win large amounts of money on lucky guesses. The winner of X factor has a remarkable voice and is loved by the public. You need a beautiful face and an impossibly slim figure to become a leading actor or supermodel. The top football players earn astronomic... Read More--