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What’s Your Big Skill? – 3 Tests

I used to watch a man with an impressive title work a room full of clients. He could get round the room of fifty or so people in considerably less than an hour. He would approach a small group of people and stick out his hand, identify himself and say “what do you do?” Great […]

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Five Great Wee Questions

Apparently yesterday was the most depressing day of the year, according to Dr Arnalls from Cardiff University. He has a formula to work it out based on the weather, debt, money, failed resolutions etc etc. Hmmm. I assume Cardiff won’t be asking for the full £9,000 per annum fees for this sort of tosh. I’m […]

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Sharpen the Saw

I said in my last Pearl of 2010 that I was going to take off the first week in January to “sharpen the saw” as Stephen Covey recommends in “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. He talks about a man spending all day struggling to fell trees with a blunt saw. When asked why […]

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Presentation Skills

Death by Powerpoint has entered the language. It’s a shame really because it makes people self-conscious about using PP and even more self conscious about presenting in general. Here are eight quick steps to help you structure your presentations for effectiveness. They will help increase your confidence as well. 1. What’s the desired outcome..? What […]

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The 7 Habits Still Ring True

It’s not often I re-read a book. In fact the only book I have re-read is Roald Dalh’s Danny The Champion of the World. But I have just finished re-reading Stephen Covey’s masterful The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The worst thing about this book is the title. It sounds like just another quick-fix, […]

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Are We More Connected Than Ever?

A quick one this week as I’m on hols. An interesting thing happened after last week’s post. You might recall I mentioned Grapple Mobile who seem close to selling their business for £15m after 7 months in business  – see here I thought they exemplified some best practice in terms of business strategy execution. Well […]

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£15m in 7 months?

A great story in yesterday’s Sunday Times… One Jamie True, who is 35 and nauseatingly good looking, and his 24 year old CEO Alistair Crane, are set to sell their company, Grapple Mobile, for more than £15m. They have received many unsolicited bids. The company was set up 7 months ago. They make Apps (mobile […]

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9 Hard Questions for Your Business

I read the Economist and in August it gets noticeably lighter…I mean in weight, not tone. And so it is with Pearls. You will find that the next few Pearls will  be shorter than normal. I like to think of them as leaner and firmer, but still approachable. Here goes… Jim Collins says, in Good […]

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Cocker Spaniels and the Long Tail

I was in the supermarket the other day having been sent there for sushi by my six-year old when, not for the first time, I was amazed by the sheer variety of magazines on display. One that jumped out at me was Total Carp – that’s not a misspelling; it’s apparently “The UK’s Biggest Selling […]

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Is It Time To Fire Yourself Out Of A Cannon?

There’s two guys. Each is standing on a box and holding one end of the same rope. The rope is ten feet off the ground. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to get over the rope. How do you do it? (You cannot tickle them to get them to lower the rope.) […]

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