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…

Change and uncertainty

As human beings we often find change challenging – it might be because our lizard brain goes into fight, flight or freeze mode when there’s an inkling of uncertainty, or maybe it’s because our security might be at risk which according to Maslow will impact the rest of our needs or it might just be…

Take time to celebrate

I enable a large number of Entrepreneurs in my role at Entrepreneurial Spark and time and time again I have to remind them to celebrate even the smallest of milestones. When you run your own company you are pulled in a number of directions – you have to make key decisions everyday whilst being thrown…

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…

We can all be visionaries

Visioning is my favourite topic to teach Entrepreneurs here in the Milton Keynes Entrepreneurial Spark Accelerator Hub. Why? Because it gives clarity, focus and ultimately a final destination to aim for. Visioning is a snapshot of the success of a project at a particular time in the future. It’s essentially the destination you are aiming…