Work-Life Balance: Guilt and The Small Business Owner

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Work-Life Balance is a silly idea. For small business owners, your business is your life. So how do you go about creating a balance between two things that are largely one and the same?

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A Taste of My Own Medicine


What would you do if you had a sudden windfall in your business? Are you holding off on making an investment because you haven’t got the money yet? The question recently popped into my head while reading about an innovative new working capital loan provider for small business called Kabbage who are expanding into Australia.

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Reverse Mentoring

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I just read an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about “reverse mentoring”. The idea is to take on a mentor who is half your age to move forward. In respect of modern communications and use of social media, senior (and older) business people should acknowledge that they might be be wise and experienced but largely clueless about the developments in social media and new forms of communicating and marketing.

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Death is the Big Event — The Most Important Party in Your Life

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Recently I took part in a meeting to plan the most important event in my mother’s life… the end of it… did it feel weird?… you bet it did and also really powerful

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Small Business Can Change The World

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I’ve published a new book I’m launching a new Mission and I want your help to spread the word to all corners of the small business world… seriously get on board!

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Marketing and the Golden Rule of Business


We are all hungry for personal connection. That means that even though I am a business coach and can write all kinds of really clever things about business, people want to get to Know me, Like me and Trust me first and foremost.

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When Death Enters the Room Everything Changes

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The process of becoming more and more decrepit, becoming dependent on the goodness of others and slowly losing all capacity for making your own decisions about your own life… that scares the bejeesus out of me.

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Sales is about Giving rather than Getting


The Golden Rule: “All things being equal, people will do business with, and refer business to, those people they know, like and trust.” … If you diligently construct your reputation on the ‘The Golden Rule’ of sales, you will cultivate a flourishing reputation and the influence it generates will reach way beyond the people you meet.

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Nostalgia, Folk Festivals and Morris Dancing

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Morris dancing has nothing to do with fertility. It’s just about whimsical imitation of exotic cultures… The word Morris seems to derive from the word Moor

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Customer Feedback the Simple Way


Do you know if your customers truly love you? Are they advocates of your business or are they looking for the right opportunity to move on? What are you doing to find out?

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