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The problem with solving problems is that they can’t actually be seen as problems in the first place.  Instead, they need to be seen as puzzles.  That is unless you’re like your problems and don’t really want to solve them or believe that you can’t.  In which case they are problems and will remain so [...]

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Few people I know will forget 2011 and I wish that was because it was a year of successes and realised dreams.  Rather it was a year of harsh realities biting with really sharp teeth!  For me, it was the second year that I spent attempting to reinvent myself and my business in a world [...]

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Three weeks ago, I made the fatal mistake of telling myself that my top priority was to find time to write a blog. The only reason I’m doing it now is because I need to balance my quarterly tax return before the end of the month, which is today. I am, and always have been, [...]

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I didn’t manage to write a blog last week because I was buried under a pile of responses to the Clark, Doyle & Ward high speed rail influencer survey. Former Transport Minister Paul Clark, regeneration specialist Michael Ward and I met up six months ago and agreed that someone had to pull together the wide [...]

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I spent this afternoon in London’s St Pancras International train station dressed like an elephant.  Those who know me are aware of my love of both elephants and charitable volunteering. So when the Elephant Family asked its Twitter and Facebook followers to help collect money for the charity in London, I jumped at the chance. [...]

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For a long time, I never understood how important food was to my professional career advancement. I got into the habit of eating between meetings rather than taking time for lunch and most of my meals were served to me between two slices of bread by vendors or as canapés at evening receptions, usually accompanied [...]

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Working with the communities in the Thames Gateway was incredibly important to me.  I felt fortunate that I had achieved the career success I had with the help of a number of teachers, friends and colleagues along the way.  I believed it was my duty to use the position I’d achieved to help improve the [...]

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One of the first international clients I worked with was a huge fan of the Harvard Business Review.  During my time working with him I came across this article: Three questions you need to ask about your brand (HBR 2002), which has served me and many of my clients well over the years. In the [...]

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Until recently, the mere sight of a pack of dry-roasted KP nuts would send a shiver down my spine and stop me in my tracks. The smell of any kind of nuts would spark a reaction in me similar to hay fever. If I didn’t escape the aroma, or if (heaven forbid) I tasted or [...]

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Both paid and unpaid work opportunities are a rarity these days, especially if you don’t know anyone in the organisations that are recruiting.  In days gone by when we all relied on the postal system, candidates would have printed copies of their CV and sent them to every company and recruitment agencies known, adding a cover [...]

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