Success and failure

I am looking forward to speaking at the LSE on Thursday on the subject “Success and Failure as an Entrepreneur are essential for Long-Term Career Success”. In the US this is an accepted wisdom. Unfortunately here in the UK, failure is still a taboo subject. Yet while success breeds conviction and belief, It is failure that really generates insight. Great entrepreneurs need both.

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Less is more

I am sitting in front of my desk this wet Sunday, wishing it was hot and I was at Queens watching the finals of the Aegon! In fact I am busily trying to manage 3 start-ups at once and preparing a speech for my Alma Mater, Eton, in a couple of weeks. As I sat and cogitated about words of wisdom for 17 year old potential entrepreneurs from Eton, I reflected on that critical piece

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10 things you should know about your business partner before you get into bed together!

People often ask me how you know if you’ve picked the right business partners. Of course the obvious answer is that you have no bloody idea, and even when you think you do, you can still get derailed by the most unexpected things! But there are certain questions that you should ask yourself. Then at least you have a damn good chance of not screwing it up. These are emotive questions. After all this will

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Time is on my side

I  have been meaning to write for days, but I have just been crushed by too many “To-do’s”. I am damned good at multi-tasking , but shit, I really hate the feeling that time is roaring by and I am not getting enough done.  It is a constant bloody worry. But I am not alone. Most entrepreneurs’ worry incessantly about this. The truth is that every entrepreneur worries too much about this. It’s not as mission critical

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Entrepreneurial Excitement

The excitement of seeing your new product or service fly is immense. It’s a powerful feeling. It’s the hit that every entrepreneur waits for. Well I have just had that same feeling seeing my book make it to No 22 in the WHSmith. It seems to be hitting a nerve and expressing things that many entrepreneurs feel. Let’s hope it keeps going!

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My first Book launch

I enjoyed my first Book Launch. It’s a novel experience and I don’t mean that as a joke. It’s genuinely a very unusual event. There you are signing copies of your beloved manuscript as if you’re some literary genius. I had mine on the 10th Floor of the offices of my publisher, Pearson, on the Strand. It was a wonderful sunny Autumnal evening with light streaming into the room and the view from the balconies

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The Power of Feedback

God, I love getting to the testing phase. All that planning, all those assumptions, the interpretation of customer needs, and then finally, it starts to come together. Finally a prospective customer tells you what they actually think and feel about what you have done. It’s no longer some hypothesis, however well researched. It’s an executable, a product or service that adds value to someone. Of course it’s never perfect at this first stage. In fact

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A little communication goes a long way

Twice in the last week I have been waiting for a business partner to do something and confirm that they will do it before the deadline. Twice they have failed to respond or communicate what they were planning to do until the very last moment. This is so bloody aggravating! In each case they have actually delivered but only after considerable amount of wasted emotional energy on my part trying to find out what was happening. It

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Have a little patience

This blog is all about surviving the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur. I won’t replicate any of the material from my book – Confessions of an Entrepreneur – instead I’ll just pick up other new topics that I encounter along the way. I am going to write it as I feel it. I am going to try to cover everyday emotional issues that I think other entrepreneurs will recognise. I’ll throw my tuppence at it and hope that I can give you

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