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Ash’s thoughts, thinkings and ideas on being more productive in your business (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Are you letting your environment affect your business?

I’m still playing golf.   Yes, it’s a bit cold although not too bad for the time of year.   Yes, it’s very wet and conditions are not conducive to smacking the ball long distances.  It’s not great for hitting cute shots from the rough either.      The environment becomes all-consuming at times.   It […]

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Stop Beating Yourself Up (Nobody Else Does)

This Wednesday was World Mental Health Day and it got me thinking about the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat others and the gap in between.   One weekend last month I was really lucky and played a lot of golf.   I played 9 holes on the Friday night, 18 Saturday, […]

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Are You Catering For Your Customer’s Needs?

On the 27th of May earlier this year, I proposed to Kay.      We were in her favourite place in the UK, Holkham Bay on the North Norfolk Coast.  Josie and I planned the whole event together and when we asked the question, it was from us, rather than just me.       The only […]

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Stop Being Your Own Critic And Start Being Supportive

We are our harshest critics.   There’s no one else in the world who will find fault as often and as discriminately as we do to our selves.   It’s good to look back on what we’ve done and learn from our mistakes but there’s a fine line between being critical and being cruel.   Next […]

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‘The Right Choice’ Is Just A Story We Tell Ourselves

I sometimes get stuck when making minor purchases. Sometimes for weeks.   If I don’t find a notebook or a pair of shoes that feels right, I’ll step back and gather more information.    I’ll look at reviews.  I ask the advice of friends who seem less intimidated by the prospect of notebook or shoe shopping.  Mostly I […]

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The things I HATE in business!

I recently found myself watching an episode of room 101 on YouTube.   It was because I was watching highlights of England’s magnificent victory over Sweden to reach the Semi-Finals of The World Cup. I suspect YouTube may have recommended the episode as it’s hosted by Frank Skinner.  Frank who with David Baddiel and the […]

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Amateur Vs Pro

“Let me try that…”   “Wow, that feels nice, I mean really nice.  I think I’ll give it a proper go today and see if I can put a decent score in”    I’m standing in the club shop of a Silves golf club in the Algarve, Portugal.  I’ve just spent five days playing golf on some beautiful […]

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5 tips for couples in business

Running a business is really tough, making a marriage work can also be very challenging. When you combine the two by running a business with your significant other it can be double the trouble. However, if done right you’ll have an incredible bond with your other half and the recipe for a successful life together.Here’s […]

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You don’t have to be an A* student to have an A* business

  It’s that time of term when Josie gets her school report. About a week ago, as I wrote this at the start of April, I get an email from the school with the standard covering letter.   How things have changed! I remember getting mine as a letter in the post. I’d fill with […]

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Put down the newspaper, close your emails and have a real conversation

The London Underground is a funny place, especially at rush hour.   It’s full of people, head down rushing from place to place, minding their own business, and not talking to each other. Smiling at someone gets you a frown and trying to start a conversation sets off the “oh no, he’s a nutter” alarm […]

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