When I was much younger, I used to find it irksome when friends, particularly young folk, would make sweeping and definitive statements like ‘I always do…’ or ‘I never….’ It doesn’t matter what the specific action was. I used to...



Traditionally New Year is a good time to set goals and plans for the coming year. Birthdays and holidays provide other great opportunities, because it encourages us to stop, reflect and judge whether we are still on course to make...


What If?

One of the great things about what I do is that I get to see many different businesses, so I get to not only recognise patterns but also to contrast different styles and approaches. One of the perennial challenges for...


Take a break

It is strange how patterns seem to emerge and, like taps on the shoulder, it is worth taking notice of them. Over the last 10 days or so I have noticed quite a few clients and contacts all commenting on...


Chance to reset

If you are preparing to reopen your business after lockdown, or even if you are already open now is a great opportunity to make things different, an opportunity to reset. Often the best time to make a change is when...


If You’re Not Fast

I was on a fascinating CEO summit yesterday. Guest speakers were some of (in my opinion) the leading business thought leaders of the day. They included Jim Collins; ‘Good to Great’ and ‘Turning the Flywheel’; Verne Harnish; ‘Scaling Up’ and...


Looking Forward

As we begin to think about the future and coming out of lockdown I think there is one incontrovertible fact. No matter what the bounce back (bounce forward) looks like, business post Covid will be more difficult than it was...


Passion, Risk and Courage

I recently came upon this quote from Joan Of Arc: ‘I know this now. Everyman gives his life to what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing and so...


Stack the Deck

Every Monday morning the incidence of heart attacks spikes across the western world. A high proportion of the population admit to poor sleep on a Sunday night. The reason? The anxiety caused by returning to the workplace. So right now...


Waiting for the Rugby Ball to Bounce

Anyone who has ever played or even watched the game of rugby knows that it is best not to let the ball bounce. Because of its odd shape it is very difficult to predict where it will bounce to. That...


A Win; Win On Steroids.

I have always loved the concept of win; win and I teach it a lot. I learned Jim Rohn’s definition which is that a win; win is never a compromise. For a win; win to be possible, party A has...


Don’t even think about bouncing back

Sooner or later the restrictions brought on by Covid19 will begin to ease and I hear constant references to bouncing back. Don’t even think about bouncing back. This is more than a crisis, it is an opportunity; an opportunity to...

- Paul Alsop - Yarm Computers

"Having attended his 90 Day Planning Seminar I would have no hesitation in recommending it unconditionally. The lessons learnt in this seminar have already made my Co-Directors and myself look at the business from a different angle and began a slightly modified approach to the way we operate."

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