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Examples of simplicity in business

Simplicity is so hard. I spend hours convincing clients that less is more. Videos need to be shorter not longer. Corporate messages need to be one sentence, not one paragraph. It’s not about how much detail you can add, it’s about how much you can take away. Thermomostats can be made simpler… who’d have thought […]

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Why I say "It's not a rehearsal"

I was invited to a conference in New York this coming weekend, which is a lovely thing – however just not practical for me at this moment… The conference is the first of its kind dedicated to patients and doctors dealing with a disease I’m rather close to – something called Hairy Cell Leukaemia. Because […]

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17 things I've learnt between Christmas and Easter 2013

Since 7th January 2013 when I started back at work after Christmas, a LOT has happened. Not all of it good, but mostly. I’ve learnt, rediscovered and been reminded of a lot of things. 79 days is a very long time in business these days – at a guess I’d reckon it’s the equivalent of […]

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It's OK to stay small

Last week, I arranged a few drinks with some friends. In a brewery. Yes, we went to the absolute source of the beer and tasted it, whilst new batches were being fermented all around us. Of course, it was a great night – we learnt a huge amount about how to make beer, agreed and […]

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Philippe Dubost interview – how to get 1 million web visits in 8 days

Chances are you’ve possibly heard of Philippe Dubost. A couple of weeks ago, he was taking the Internet by storm, pretty much from nowhere. Philippe was looking for a job, was sick of having to fire off his CV and be another ‘number’ on someone’s desk, and so he decided to go about things differently… […]

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Stop worrying about what other people might think

A colleague of mine, Ian Brodie, writes a good email story. I’d thoroughly recommend checking him out. He sent an email out late last week telling a story which really hit home. I care passionately about what people think about me and the things I’m associated with, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with […]

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Do the right thing

It’s been a strange week for me. So many different things have happened which I won’t bore you with. At 8pm on Monday I got a phonecall which changed my week somewhat. One of my biggest clients of our video production business, 2e2, was going into administration the next day. It was likely 100s of […]

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10 ways to get a business adrenaline rush

I bore myself (and others probably) by saying that ‘It’s not a rehearsal’ Sometimes it’s hard to make every day at work exciting, exhilarating or downright inspiring, however, if you work for yourself (doing what you enjoy and having complete control over your time and resources) means that you can have a damn good try. […]

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Do you just belong?

Saw this poem pinned up the other day on a sports club noticeboard and it resonated with me… Do you stand on the sidelines looking in or do you participate and get involved? It’s too easy to just watch from afar. Sure, it’s hard putting your head above the parapet – there are trolls and […]

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10 things I learnt by watching a top comedian at work

Up close and personal with Dara O’Briain Recently, I was fortunate enough to see a work in progress and I learnt a lot. Myself, my wife and 58 others crammed into the most gorgeous, tiny theatre on Monday evening to watch a work in progress – it was a warm up gig for one of […]

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