Structure can be sexy

A start-up needs to be able to adapt to change quickly. It needs to be able to do this so it can get ahead of competitors – whether big or small. This agility, as a company scales, usually goes one of two ways. It could scale too quickly, launching new products or services all the…

Wellbeing

Veganuary, Dry January – I’m sure you have heard so many initiatives flying about…some you may have adopted, others laughed at. I think my favourite is Fat January – those rebelling against the healthy January concept but still conforming to the trend of 30 days of behaviour change. I’m a hypocrite. At the end of…

Gratitude

Before I go to bed every night I thank the universe for all the great things that happened that day. I also thank the universe for tomorrow – if I have a presentation I always say thank you for it going well – it works (I’m not talking about higher spirits here either!) I wouldn’t…

Adventures

Have you ever thought about turning challenges into adventures? I didn’t until this week – it’s #UpSkill month at work and I tuned into an awesome inspirational speaker Alastair Humphreys – one of many sessions held to help us #UpSkill at NatWest. The presentation wasn’t necessarily about upskilling but more turning challenges into adventures and…

Positivity

One of the Entrepreneurs I work with told me that in her investment exit plan it involves her and the hubbie moving back to the USA – she’s starting to get tired of the UK. I asked why – not because I took it personally but because I was genuinely interested as to why someone…

Let your chimp make friends

My Chimp is called Emma and she can be a right pain in the bum sometimes. She always speaks out of turn and reacts far too emotionally in situations that need an element of level headedness. No I haven’t lost the plot, I simply read The Chimp Paradox and it’s been life changing. The Chimp…

Consider swapping a Master’s for a Start-Up

When telling my Entrepreneurial journey, or my experience of it so far, I always compare my first two companies like doing a Master’s because I learnt so much and they cost me as much. I’m absolutely not advising you not to do a Master’s but do consider other options out there where you could learn…

What are you currently learning?

Travel back in time for a second and imagine yourself as a baby – you can’t talk, you can’t walk and you can’t feed yourself. Yet, over time you learn all those skills because you have to – it’s how you are going to survive. So, why is it that we don’t put that level of self…

We’re biologically different…

A few months ago, I read a report from the Centre for Entrepreneurs called ‘Shattering Stereotypes: Women in Entrepreneurship’ – it was a really interesting read and it got me thinking. The report stated that women need a different level of service to men when in business. I’m not waving my feminist wand here but…

The Entrepreneurial Rollercoaster

Starting a business is hard. In fact it’s really hard and it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Within my role at Entrepreneurial Spark I Enable a large number of Entrepreneurs on a monthly basis and one of the common themes I see crop up time and time again is trying to cope with the emotional…