The Blog

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

Fight your fears: let your training take over

One of the things I love about this time of year is all the sport that we are surrounded with.  Given my background it’s not surprising that I feel this way and I do enjoy getting caught up in the excitement and passion of the various competition that are taking place.  We’ve got the (women’s) football […]

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The Heat Is On: How to Cope With Pressure

This heatwave has got me thinking about how we cope under pressure. It’s not very pleasant working in this heat (unless you’re lucky enough to have air con) but we can’t change it, so we have to learn to cope. This goes for any kind of unpleasant circumstances in business. ‘With great power, comes great […]

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It’s Not the Flow, But You’ve Got to Go With It

A business isn’t something you can just wing. It takes careful planning to succeed. Yet despite your very best efforts, business and life will throw curveballs at you. They’ll throw you off course and try to pull you down. You’ve got to roll with these punches, adapt and mobilise because it’s how you react to […]

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How Much Are You Worth And Are You Charging It?

If you read my article last month, you’ll be aware that it was written amongst the build up to our wedding and my stag – do, the location of which was a mystery at that point.  I eventually found out amongst various shenanigans that the trip was to be to Budapest.  This surfaced about 40 […]

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Things Happen, But We Need to Deal With Them

Name me someone who’s never felt frustrated. You can’t. It’s impossible. We all get frustrated at some point, either in business or in life. A payment doesn’t come in on time. A service provider lets you down. A washing machine goes on the blink. A flight is delayed. Things like this happen all the time […]

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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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How are you feeling, really?

This past week was ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’. Mental health is such an important message to me because I have suffered from depression. It may seem hard to believe, because people tend to only see the happy, jolly Ash. However, as it is with many people who suffer from a mental health issue, even I […]

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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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