Practice the art of STFU

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Tip for start ups looking for investment.  This is one thing that seems simple, but it’s really quite a skill set and one many people don’t have down pat.  It will help you with all manner of negotiations – securing funding, commercial partnerships, employing people, pitching (to anyone!). I was taught this very early on...
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Busy doesn’t breed success

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When I do guest lectures, etc., I’m always asked about how many hours I work.  There’s a perception that in order to build a company, you have to hand over the rest of your life and all of your working hours.  They’re always surprised by my answer… I don’t work stupid hours.  Not any more. ...
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Pick Me Ups

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Need a little inspiration or encouragement?  The internet is full of it, but it’s much better when someone helps find it for you! Here are some of my favourites… Brene Brown “The Power of Vulnerability” – great lessons for business leaders and parents. Simon Sinek on “Leadership” and inspiring leadership. Winnie The Pooh – because...
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More: Expect More. Want More. Be More.

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I have this tattooed on my wrist. For me, it’s about striving to be innovative, boundary pushing. Expect more, want more. Not to be confused with “more consumption” (though it can get you into trouble occasionally), but more from yourself.  How can I be better? It’s my personal ethos. Life is just too short to...
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MIUAYGA – the art form for the new age

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If you’ve ever been a founder or CEO of a tech start-up you’ll know that a persistent line of questioning from peers when presenting at forums or conferences pertains to the “traits” required to succeed. Success is often seen as a “silver bullet” that if we can just grab hold of an understanding long enough,...
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Prosumers – the new influence

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Recently I spoke at the Deloitte Fast 50 event and was delighted to see content marketing and social conversations high on the agenda for companies in attendance. Perhaps this was just the nature of motivated growth-oriented businesses, but it still felt like a shift in thinking from the previous year. The ‘Influencer Economy’ is in full swing...
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A little Thursday morning philosophy

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I’m a feeling a little philosophical this morning, for reasons that I’ll leave aside for now and enlighten you on later. But I did want to share with you one of my personal guiding thoughts. I assume everyone has these? I really don’t know, but I find it useful for navigating through tough situations –...
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Drama is the new black

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Having just finished #lightboxing the first season of Orange is the New Black, bingeing on all of Homeland, House of Cards and 24, I’ve decided that drama is, in fact, the new black. Or at least in my household. You’d think with the sheer amount of tension and pressure I’m under with having a start-up...
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#lightboxing like a boss

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Hallelujah, the TV gods were listening.  You’d hope so given how frequently I’ve banged on about this one. It feels like asking Santa for the same gift, year after year – surely there was no room for misinterpretation.  I’ve been so good too! Also, it’s not like I’ve been alone in my request, literally thousands...
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Dear John

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Dear John, Don’t worry; I’m not breaking up with you.  But I am concerned about the state of our relationship, enough to take time out of my day to put all my thoughts on paper. Typically I don’t wade into political discussion.  I generally abhor those who push their views on the rest of the...
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