My stuff and thoughts in the media
You’re missing the point if you make it all about money
Profit is not the sole point of business any more than breathing air is the singular point of being alive. We need to breath air, good clean abundant air, but it’s not what we’re here for. ?It’s the same with business, we need to make a profit, but it’s not the reason our business exists. YFS Magazine
Goal-setting confuses the hell out of me
For a while, maybe a year and a half, I started doing all the stuff I needed to do to make the BHAG come true in 10 years’ time. I joined Toastmasters and engaged a speaking coach. I started looking for opportunities to speak more and practice the craft. I took singing lessons and I put up my hand to sing a solo in my choir. Smallbusinessforum
Why all that matters in Business is Fun: Medium
Read any business book or listen to any of the business gurus and they’ll tell you that business must maximise shareholder value and that the only meaningful way to know if a business is great or not is in how much value is created for it’s shareholders. But in small business at least I believe we totally miss the boat by making Profit and Cash our ultimate aim and the ultimate measure of our success. Read the whole article in Medium here
Business Overwhelm and growth: NRMA ‘Hub’
Article and interview of myself in the NRMA online small business magazine by Julie Hamilton . How to move from stalled to growth again after languishing in a stuck place for a while.Read the whole article here
Crazy twists and turns through 30 years of business
Article in SavvySme about my own journey through business since arriving in Australia in 1984.
As I say at the end of the article: I am reminded of the philosopher who said: “Every time you think you can see you life laid out in front of you, like a map; You can be sure of one thing: It’s not your life you’re looking at”
I wish I could remember the philosopher’s name, because I’d love to know what else he’s had to say.
The KISS principles of building a business
My article about the simple principles of business… it’s actually a lot simpler than we think, on Business2Sell, read it here
Interview about all things business and Fun
Interview with Angela Jones from Access all areas FM in Melbourne in August 2015
The one thing you need
Article in Small Today July 2015 How working at Lifeline helped me understand resilience in business. I’ve certainly experienced my fair share of setbacks in business, most small business owners have at some stage. It’s led me to understand that one of the keys of business success is resilience.
Failure to plan is planning to fail…?
Article in Mortgage professionals magazine June 2015 about strategy. Failure to plan is planning to fail but why do so few business plans actually make a difference and why do most business plans live in a bottom drawer somewhere collecting dust? Follow this link to download the article
Planning is Guessing, so let’s do some guessing for next financial year
Article in Australian Business Women’s Network June 2015: Business plans or business planning isn’t actually about a document. It’s about ‘planning,’ the verb. A famous general once said: “No battle plan ever survives the first contact with the enemy,” and the same can be said for a business plan. Just like the general who can’t win the battle without planning, you can’t build a great business without planning.
Why I’m on a Mission to have more Fun
Interview with myself by Lisa Creffield in online Magazine Resilium April 2015 about what Fun in Business actually means and why I’m so excited about it and how I want to help small business owners to start thinking differently about what matters in business. Click here to read the whole Interview.
How to build a sustainable business by networking
Networking isn’t just good business… it’s good for you as a business owner and as a person too… call it therapy for business owners. Article in Inside Small Business Magazine… Read the whole article here.
Why Cash is more important than profit
What do you really need to know to put your retail business on a solid financial footing?
Many people think that profit and cash are the same thing and that brings a lot of small business owners unstuck. Read more in Australian Retailers magazine dec 2014
Why Fun is All That Matters in Your Business
What cavemen can teach you about your customers
Have you ever heard of the Amygdala? Maybe not, I only started hearing about it myself a few years ago and certainly not in the context of small business.
The Amygdala’s job is to keep us safe and it has done so admirably for millions of years. The problem is that it hasn’t really kept up with the times… it’s stuck in prehistoric caveman days, with big nasty things that hunt us and our survival being dependent on avoiding being killed and finding the right things to kill ourselves.
Why looking after yourself is more important than looking after your customers
Your time and your health are the most important assets of your business… they are, because anything else you buy, rent, hire or borrow more of. So isn’t it time to start to treat the most valuable resources of your business with greater respect? Article in Mortgage Professionals Australia and USA magazines July 2014
Overwhelm and the small business owner
Being in small business means that at any time there are 100 priorities screaming for your attention and you only ever have time for a few of them. What’s more, you don’t necessarily feel confdient you know how to decide which of the 100 is the most important and a lot of those things are not in your comfortzone… It’s not as much fun as you’d like… is it… In this article in Bodyshop news Oct 2014 I explain how to start to move out of overwhelm
Why cash is more important than profit
Article in Master Plumbers Magazine July 2014 about financial management. What are the principles of sound financial management in small business and what’s more important? Sales, Profit or Cash? Read more here, Page 45 and 46.
Why Fun in Business Matters
Why Fun in business is more important than Profit, customers, staff, quality and everything else. Circuit magazine April 2014
Don’t get overwhelmed by Overwhelm
Article about the overwhelm and stress of being a business owner and what to do about it in the August September 2014 issue of “The Australian Dairy Magazine”. Download the whole article here
It’s not what you sell it’s what you stand for
Article in Inside Small Business on why customers don’t care about your need to make money… Customers are very happy for you to make money… after you have looked after their needs first… The Purpose of business…Why does your business exist and why should anybody care?
Business plans that actually work
Why do so few businesses owners have a plan, or if they do, why do they so rarely look at it and how can we write a business plan that actually makes a difference to our business? Article in Australian Plumbing Magazine July 2014
Networking for your mental health
As a business owner, the stress never ends. You have clients, staff, suppliers, inspectors, assessors, OH&S, landlords, work-cover, tax, the bank, paperwork, marketing, IT, sales, quality assurance and the list goes on. You run around from crisis to crisis all day, and no one seems to be able to do anything without you. As a result, you never seem to get round to doing the stuff you really want to do. Download the whole article from Paint and Panel Magazine here Also on the magazine website here: http://www.paintandpanel.com.au/
Fun in Business in heels
Tell me about some of your most treasured memories since you started your business… Fun in business in Leaders in heels magazine. Read more here
How do you measure Fun in Business?
Why Fun in Business should be your Key Success Measure in your business, and how you can measure it every week., Enterprise Hub magazine April 2014
Maybe it’s time to chuck a sickie?
Article on the stress of being a business owner in Circuit Magazine April 2014
What does it take to make business itself Fun again?
Interview on The fortnightly Friday Forum by Adrienne McClean of The Speaker’s practice about Fun in Business and what it takes to build a business that sustains you for years to come.
Why Purpose in Business Counts.
Article in “Management Today” about the deeper Purpose of business and why we should care about it.
Why Fun in Business counts
Article in Australian Retail Association Magazine jan 2014 about Fun in business and why it matters more than anything else.
Get Involved in your Community
Article in “The Australian Plumber” about how getting involved in local business communities is good for your health and your business.
Time to chuck a sickie?
Article in “The On-time Plumber” national Magazine about making the business work for you, rather than the other way around.
Whack the mole
Running your business doesn’t have to be like a game of Whack the Mole. Blog on “Management Today” Jan 2014
Not all Ten Truths were created equal
The Problem with Goal setting
Article in SavvySME about why conventional goal setting fails more often than not.
The Battle of the Business Coaches
Interview in Nett Magazine article: Battle of the Coaches” What differences are there from business coach to business coach, does it matter who you engage and how do you choose between them?
The Ten Truths for Raising a Healthy Bouncy Business and the “Seduction of the Hammer”