Baffled by Business

Tips for Using Humour in Business

Using Humour in Business

In this era of abundant social media it seems that the line between what is appropriate and inappropriate to share or say is getting more blurred each moment. Now, I like a laugh and a joke as much as the next person, but what I find constantly astounding is the lack of attention people pay [...]

Chasing Mavericks in Business

Chasing Mavericks in Business

“This is about finding that one thing that sets you free. You need to believe in yourself or none of this matters."  This is the overall theme of a recent movie I have seen called “Chasing Mavericks” staring Gerard Butler as Frosty Hesson, who takes a young gun surfer Jay Moriarity under his wing. "What's [...]

The 80 20 Rule

The PARETO or 80/20 Rule - we have all heard about it but how many of us actually apply it on both a personal and business level? We’ve all been exposed to the 80/20 Principle at some point in our lives: The principle states, quite simply, that 20% of efforts lead to 80% of results. [...]

Time Management Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Of all the feedback I have received in the last 6 months at the Entrepreneurs Master Class, the most commonly asked for topic is ‘time management’.  And whether we run our own business or not this is a topic that resonates with most of us because time is something we never seem to have enough [...]

Mission Statement or Mantra?

As I facilitated my early morning session at the Entrepreneur’s Master class a few weeks ago I could hear a subtle yet obvious groan as “Establishing your Business Vision and Mission” was announced as the topic.  Had I not known what I was going to propose I would have probably shared their lack of enthusiasm [...]

What Are Your Core Values?

I was reminded the other day about the importance of remaining true to our personal and business values. While presenting at our inaugural Entrepreneur’s Master Class to a highly enthusiastic audience we discussed in depth the importance of being clear about core values in our businesses.  While many business experts consider a vision the most [...]

Starting a Business – Part 4 – Money and Marketing!

Make sure the business has the potential to start generating cash flow immediately. No matter what people say every worthwhile business option should have the capacity to do this. What is your financial vision? Will this business serve your primary aim? How much money do you need to live the way you wish? There are [...]

Starting a Business – Part 3 – Maximising Your Success

Mark Victor Hansen, author of 'The One Minute Millionaire' says that there are 5 kinds of leverage: Other people's Money, Experience, Ideas, Time and Effort He says that 'when the combined forces of mentoring, teamwork, networks, tools and systems is applied to a strong, long lever, miracles can happen in minutes'. Other people's experience - [...]

Starting a Business – Part 2 – What Are Your Options?

Let's discuss the first option, work for somebody. With this option you have to study or learn on the job to have knowledge or skill that you will exchange for someone else's money; If you stop exchanging your money or skill you will stop receiving money. Robert Kiyosaki, author of the well known 'Rich Dad, [...]

Starting a Business – Part 1 – Is it the Right Choice For You?

Before you even think about buying or starting a business there are 7 Important Questions you need to ask yourself if you want to make the best possible decision. Once you have considered these questions you will have enough information to decide whether the business you have in mind is the best one for you [...]