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Energy tracking and how to achieve more, with less stress

Energy tracking and how to achieve more, with less stress

Our work culture is not working for us anymore! For the past thirty years, our obsession with doing more in less time has exponentially increased. The access to the first home computers and the World Wide Web has opened us to an endless stream of technology to make us...

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How our fears can be our greatest strengths

How our fears can be our greatest strengths

Back in 2017 ... those pre-covid days of being able to attend conferences with hundreds of other people! ... I had spent an incredible weekend at the One Woman Conference. There were 400+ women at this event and I had the honour of being invited up on the stage as one...

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How to start your week off right

How to start your week off right

There's absolutely no doubt, that what you do on a Monday morning sets the tone for the rest of the week. And often the weeks proceeding. I've learned the hard way. If I start my week faffing about and scrolling through social feeds, the rest of my week will follow in...

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Comfort and growth can’t co-exist: a one year reflection

Comfort and growth can’t co-exist: a one year reflection

This time last year, life, as we knew it, changed. As I sit here and reflect over the past year, and of course acknowledge the trauma that happened to so many, I am also in awe by how many people have shifted and grown their businesses. Comfort and growth can't...

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Why health is the number one investment in your business

Why health is the number one investment in your business

Fatigue, stress and hormone imbalances have become serious problems for many business owners, particularly those of us in our 40’s, 50’s and beyond. And it’s caused many to pull back and play small to protect themselves. When we feel exhausted, we can talk ourselves...

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Dancing with life and letting hope fuel your 2021

Dancing with life and letting hope fuel your 2021

Earlier this year, at the start of our first lockdown, I wrote about the dangers of blind hope. A friend introduced me to the Stockdale Paradox, which seemed fitting at the time. We were all in full crisis management, dealing with school closures, businesses shutting...

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3 simple ways of preventing a volcanic eruption

3 simple ways of preventing a volcanic eruption

Many of us are really great at crisis management. In an emergency, our flight-or-fight instincts kick in and we just know what the right thing to do is in that moment. I look back to March of this year, and I saw myself and many others rise to the occasion to deal...

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What does doing less look like?

What does doing less look like?

What does doing less look like? This was a question that someone asked me this week (thanks Linda!). I write and talk a lot about the idea of doing less; my sign-off tag is Do Less, Be More, Play Bigger.  And I get that it can sound like a little abstract. Images of...

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Trusting the process: coachy smug or good business advice?

Trusting the process: coachy smug or good business advice?

Has anyone ever said to you 'trust the process'? I used to hate this phase; I felt it was such a 'coachy' thing to say and it irritated the pants off me when anyone tried to use it with me. It's often said in the context of someone working hard, trying to get...

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If this then that [Impact Report August 2020]

If this then that [Impact Report August 2020]

If I make X each month, then I’ll give X to charity. This is what I used to believe; that I had to make enough in order to give enough. But this ‘if this then that’ thinking messed with me. In my first few years of business, it didn’t even occur to me that I could use...

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Wintering in a heatwave

Wintering in a heatwave

The heat has been vicious here over the past few days. Having been a teenage sun worshipper, I have now become a version of Patsy; floating around the house in my beach kaftan, sighing, “I like it hot, but not this hot.” To make matters a little hotter, we are having...

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It’s growth, Jim, but not how we know it

It’s growth, Jim, but not how we know it

One thing you may not know about me is that I am an economics nerd. I took Economics A Level at school, which was the nearest thing I could study to business due to the limited range of topics on offer. Even back in 1987, the growth models taught just seemed to be...

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How I decided on which Impact Project to support

How I decided on which Impact Project to support

Last year I decided to align my business so it can become a real force for good and, in particular, in how I can contribute towards the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. (You can read about these SDGs here if you want to know more...

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Is the bird song louder?

Is the bird song louder?

As I write this, it’s the end of the fourth week of lockdown here in the UK. And the question over whether the bird song is louder than previous years is one that I’ve been pondering on for the past few days. I took a break from my hour exercise today and sat on the...

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Pricing decisions – should you be discounting right now?

Pricing decisions – should you be discounting right now?

There’s a lot of fear and worry around right now. I get it. There’s no doubt many small businesses are being hit hard right now.  And it’s influencing pricing decisions.  I’m seeing a lot of people making free offers or discounting their products and programmes as a...

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The Stockdale Paradox – why optimism may kill your business

The Stockdale Paradox – why optimism may kill your business

I know that none of us could ever have imagined our current status quo. Some of you are now at home with children, others have now found your previously quiet workspaces occupied by spouses. We all have friends and family who we know are vulnerable, so there's no...

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Why going virtual doesn’t mean you have to drop your prices

Why going virtual doesn’t mean you have to drop your prices

We are about to go through one of the most intensely disruptive phases of how we do business. As I write this, countries across the globe have shut their borders and here in the UK, we are realistic about what’s going to happen over the coming days.  With the prospect...

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