What Comes First for Successful Enterprises?

In October 2017 I was lucky enough to be invited to join as an external advisor on the Spark Social Enterprise Safari held in Belgium. My background is someone who has worked as a business coach and consultant in the social enterprise space for 10+ years and runs their own […]

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Investing in Talent

Ever played Fantasy Football? Well, whether you’re interested in soccer or not, bear with me on this one.  Imagine that you’ve just signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for £100 million. OK, if you’re really not into the beautiful game, it might be easier to think of David Beckham in […]

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The Four Horsemen of Social Enterprise

It may sound a bit over-dramatic to refer to the big issues facing social enterprises as “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” but, having spoken to hundreds of social enterprises in the last few years, I feel justified in doing so. These four evils can scythe down everything in their […]

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The Value of Values

Before I took up running I used to play proper grassroots Sunday League football back in the day. I may not look it, but I’m a sportsman through and through (or I’d like to think I am). Every Sunday, before the match, our so-called manager would pin up the team […]

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Why Clarity is Key

“Right, turn right. No, left. OK, go to the end of this road and do a U-turn and then go round the roundabout at the end. No, better turn left before then and squiggle through the windy bit of road in front of you. Ignore the tree in front of […]

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Riding the White Waters with Talent Dynamics

Imagine yourself strapped in to a rubber dinghy hurtling at top speed down a perilously rocky canyon, jagged walls to the sides, slabs of granite inches from your face, tons of water cascading over your head and the constant fear of capsizing into the torrent. Pretty exhilarating stuff. As long […]

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Running, Learning and Kipling

Since my last blog a few weeks ago, the miles and my training programme have certainly been cranking up. One more big run at 22 miles and then I can enjoy the taper (alternatively known as legitimately doing little exercise!). Since my football rant the big news is that Newcastle […]

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Running (Your Organisation) with Purpose

So, somehow my brother-in-law persuaded me to run a marathon this year. Beer and bravado probably had something to do with it. Now, I’m not built like your traditional runner but I’m really enjoying some serious mileage each week. Apart from the physical challenge there’s the mental aspect of cranking […]

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Top 5 Tips for Gaining Confidence in Numbers

In one of my earlier blogs I referred to one of the biggest barriers to getting on top of the numbers in the business as being around confidence. There are a lot of very talented CEOs working in the Social Enterprise and charity space that shut down and run a […]

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Cash Will Always Be King

The thought of working with figures and managing your cashflow is probably not the thing that gets a social entrepreneur out of bed in the morning! However, having a grip on your numbers is likely to keep your enterprise in business. Dun & Bradstreet state that 90% of company failures […]

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Peer Power – the value of Leadership Groups

What is the value and relevance to social enterprises of Peer to Peer Leadership Groups? In the commercial world they are well established; members can pay in excess of £10k a year to be part of one. So, how can they work in our sector? Firstly, let’s look at what […]

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Work on your Business, Not in it

What you need to do is start working ON your business NOT IN it. This is a growing catchphrase used by business coaches and consultants who are trying to help CEOs scale their social enterprises. Hands up, I’m guilty as charged here as well! When you work with CEOs and […]

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