The Blog

Ash’s musings, thoughts and observations on being a business owner (and having more fun when you’re not working)…

Rise Above: Turning Weaknesses Into Strengths

You’re a leader. You’re human. You try to be the best you can be, but, like everyone else, you have your failings. That’s just the way it is. It’s not, however, the way it’s got to be. Not by a long shot. A good leader (that’s you) will acknowledge their weaknesses and rise above them. […]

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Are you self-sabotaging your inner maverick?

I remember having a conversation with Kay early in our relationship that has stuck with me. It was one of those conversations in passing.  One that you don’t think much of at the time but becomes a bit of a cornerstone of the way your relationship then evolves.   It was less of a conversation than […]

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You’re Busy, But Are You Productive?

Do you know something I can’t stand in business? It’s the concept of ‘busy’. People say it and, in the process, convey the impression they’re successful, they’re effective. They might be successful, yes, but if I ask them what they’re working on and they can’t tell me exactly what they’ve been doing — or what […]

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Success Is What You Make It

What does success mean to you? Find out how to set goals and learn to achieve on your own terms, not someone else’s, in my latest business coaching blog post.

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It’s All in the Asking

When a problem arises in business, we dive in and scramble around, looking for a solution. We ask what the problem is; we identify it; we find a solution; we implement it. That’s how it works. At least, that’s how it should work, but you see, business isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes, a solution that should […]

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Focus: Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work

You’ve seen the job descriptions. Maybe you’ve written them yourself and used phrases like ‘fast-paced environment’ and ‘must be able to prioritise tasks’ etc. Then you see that familiar phrase: Must be able to multitask The advert specifies this in the mistaken belief that the person they hire will be more productive. The thing is, […]

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Forget the new, make progress instead

I appreciate that it’s March as you read this. Yet, as I write this article, I’m surrounded by the most beautiful snow filled landscape that is smothering the orchard with whiteness.   We’ve passed the 21st January which according to “experts” is also known as Blue Monday. The day in the year that is said to […]

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Dog Walks And Planning Thoughts

We’ve been seeing much more of our dog recently.   I say our dog, he’s Kay’s dog. When she and her husband separated.  They decided Rodney, (the dog’s name, not her ex-husband) should live with Kay’s parents. He’s not great alone and he’s not a fan of being in the car either. That’s the thing with […]

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4 Mottos I Live By

Take responsibility Do the work Act fast Play through the fear   Having a motto, or mantra, can be very beneficial. Whether to keep you on track towards your goal or to remind you who you want to be. These short, memorable sentences are a great way to motivate yourself. And you can also change […]

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Find motivation in your new normal

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.” – John Dryden   This is one of my favourite quotes at the moment.   Probably because it’s a topic that’s been coming up in my Masterminds a lot lately. Like many business owners, I have some clients who really struggle to motivate themselves through […]

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