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What is a Mastermind Group?

A question I often ask people when they come to me for help is “What is the number one reason you are not as successful in business as you’d like to be?” Typical answers include not enough money, not enough time and don’t know how. By far the biggest response is around people. And even then, when we dig into why money, time and knowledge are an issue, we come back again to people. Surround Yourself with Remarkable People Jim …

Dante Rossetti and the Old Man

One of the things I find really powerful in helping my clients think big about business and be more successful is to have a cause greater than yourself. Sure, you may have gone into business wanting to make good money. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. If you really want to make good money and help lots of people in doing it then you need to think about what you do as something beyond your own immediate needs. Let …

90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge (Part 2)

So you’ve started your 90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge. You’ve set some clear goals and broken them down into manageable chunks. That’s great but the road to success is not paved purely on good intentions. If you want to hit that target you’ll need to take consistent, persistent action. That’s what this post is all about. Change is Messy Successfully completing anything worth doing requires effort. It’s easy when you start getting going because you’re energised and enthused. But that enthusiasm …

90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge (Part 1)

Start the 90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge Get Real About Business is all about what works. And that means results. If you want to get good results you need to take enough of the right actions. It’s so easy to set out with great intentions but making them happen is the challenge. An exercise I often ask my clients to do when they join my business coaching programmes is to set their 90-Day Client Enrolment Challenge. One reason so many small …

7 Rookie Mistakes in Outsourcing

At some point in time you’re going to want to get an extra pair of hands in your business. You sure as heck can’t do it all, and sometimes it doesn’t make sense to employ people directly. You just want the work done with the least fuss possible and with great results. Unfortunately, results from outsourcing work can vary considerably and are not only costly, but can lead to a damaged reputation with your customers and a lot of work …

Raising Your Standards

Raising Your Standards Setting goals makes sense. If you don’t know what your target is, how are you going to hit it? And if you don’t raise the bar high enough, you’re not likely to live up to your potential. But have you ever noticed how often people fail at their goals? Take New Year resolutions. How often have you made a New Year resolution and succeeded? If you even got past the 15 January, you will have beaten 95% …

Get Real About Business on Phoenix FM

Get Real About Business on Phoenix FM Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a radio station? I certainly did. Yesterday, on 22 July, I had a fantastic opportunity to find out. Phoenix FM had invited me to the Scott Ross show to be interviewed about business coaching and I had a feeling they were going to put me to the test. I’d actually been recommended by Ches Moulton for interview. Ches runs an evening blues radio slot …

Andy Murray on Business

What Can Andy Murray Teach Us About Business? Was you there? Did you see it on TV? Did you see the game Andy Murray played when he won Wimbledon 2013? I don’t mean the game on the court. Yes, that was fantastic, but I mean the inner game he played. Even if you’re not interested in tennis there is still a lot we could all learn from top tennis athletes for increasing your chances of success and creating a winning …

It’s All About The Decision

The first step in growing a successful business is making a decision to do so. It sounds so obvious, but just think about that for a moment. The first step to achieving anything is to make a decision to do so. Often when people start a business they immediately focus on what services or products they’re going to provide, how to get clients, how to make money and how to market their business before they are fully committed. Then, when …

Silent Brainstorming

Do you ever find when you try to generate ideas and suggestions in your team that it’s the same people that dominate the conversation? Their suggestions may be good (or not), but are you getting all you can from the team? Are some people not offering valuable ideas and input because either they’re not confident that their ideas are any good, or they’re worried about other people rejecting them? In this article, I’ll be looking at what prevents people from …