Closure through Open Disclosure: Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right.

Many years ago, I remember walking into the playroom to find two of my daughters screaming at one another – my younger daughter was in tears. Using a firm, but much lower tone than theirs, I requested both of them to stop screaming. They did. At just seven and six years of age at the time, these little arguments were a regular occurrence. I bent down to their level and asked both girls what had happened. I was abruptly met with more ear piercing screeches of: “She did…” “No, she did..!” “NO, I DIDN’T…!” Again, lowering my voice even further to almost a whisper, yet remaining stern,Read More…

Branding and Buy In: Business (and Buyer) Beware – and Be Aware.

As an an entrepreneur now for almost 16 years, one of the most important elements of my work has been building brands that resonate, not just with local customers and staff, but with global audiences too. People can often think a brand is just a name for a product or service, but it is so much more than that. It is the perception of a brand that actually matters most. I particularly liked an article by Jerry McLaughlin, which stated: Put simply, your “brand” is what your prospect thinks of when he or she hears your brand name.  It’s everything the public thinks it knows about your name brand offering—bothRead More…

Being a “Carent” – a Parent and a Carer Combined

As a parent we will all at some time have to deal with the coughs, colds, vomiting bugs and the many cuts and bruises that our children will entail as they grow up. We will have to deal with our crying child as they get their first vaccinations – retracting with a pain in our own tummies as we hate to see them in pain. Even the smallest illness will stress a parent out to no end – never mind the sleepless nights, and GP visits – it is just horrible when our children are unwell. But when a child isRead More…

When life gives you lemons, taste them – and learn.

We can change our attitude any day of the year, not just in the New Year. On this day, the beginning of 2017, I reflect on a mantra I use often: “Everything happens for a reason”.   While it is easy to say this when calm has been restored, it can be a real challenge to trust in this when we are in the eye of the storm. People can often see entrepreneurs as a little “crazy”. “Who do they think they are thinking they can change the world?” “That’ll never work!” “Why can’t they get a job like everyone else?”Read More…