The business lesson I took away from the National Running Show

The business bit is towards the end of this post; however, you need to read it all to get the benefit. I was at the National Running Show in the NEC over the weekend of 22nd – 23rd January. I loved visiting the stands, meeting up with old friends, making new ones, discovering new productsContinue reading “The business lesson I took away from the National Running Show”

Think outside of the box to improve efficiency

Many people wake up inside a box (the house), pour cereals out of a box and, after they have had their breakfast, get into a small box (their car) and drive to another box (the office) where they spend most of the day at a desk, usually staring at a screen. They then get backContinue reading “Think outside of the box to improve efficiency”

By their deeds shall ye know them

The Government recently published a list of employers who have been found to have not being paying the minimum wage. There were 191 employers on that list, which was round 17 of National Minimum Wage Naming Scheme, there were similar numbers in previous rounds. There are quite a few household names on those lists; whenContinue reading “By their deeds shall ye know them”

What can you learn from a Cornish hedge?

When I was out running the other day, I saw a man taking a break from creating a Cornish Hedge, which is a stone structure despite the name. He had completed about half of it and there was a big jumble of stones in front of where the rest of the hedge would go. IContinue reading “What can you learn from a Cornish hedge?”

Business lessons from running

A brief introduction then I get to the business bit. A few weeks ago, I volunteered as support crew on the Endurancelife Classic Quarter, a race that takes runners from Lizard Point to Land’s End. So, from the most southerly point of the UK mainland to the most westerly; one quarter of the compass henceContinue reading “Business lessons from running”

Feedback the oxygen of success

Below is a copy of a blog post I wrote a few years ago about running. The principles about the benefits of getting feedback, particularly from someone outside of the situation, apply to businesses. If you are a sole trader, you may want to get the view of a mentor or business consultant. I wasContinue reading “Feedback the oxygen of success”