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Book – The Gift of the Gab by David Crystal

Book – The Gift of the Gab by David Crystal

The book I first came across when the author appeared at Birmingham Literature Festival a few years ago finally made it into my home. His talk is so full of good tips on being articulate that I decided there and then that I’ll buy the book later as a business tool. Not that I do […]

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Book: Ratner: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again

Book: Ratner: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again

I think many of us felt a little sorry when Gerald Ratner made that speech that lead to his eventual exit from his own father’s jewellery company. Especially when, as transpired, he’d said the same ‘crap’ joke at many speeches before. But this time, for whatever reason, the press went crazy and it cost him […]

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Film – The Founder

Film – The Founder

Watched on board ANA flight to Tokyo The priority order of films I see on a plane are: the ones I missed in the cinema world cinema any I want to see again. The Founder came and went before you can say ‘do you want fries with that?’ A phrase I don’t think I’ve ever […]

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Book – The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner

Book – The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner

Yes, I have been wanting to read this ever since I saw the film based on this true story back in 2006. The film is based on just the weeks where Gardner finds himself in lone care of his toddler son and homeless. The book is a full biography, from growing up fatherless in a […]

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Book: Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Book: Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Originally published on business blog I loved Bounce so have been anticipating this with some excitement. Matthew Syed undertakes all the research so we can just sit back and learn it all by reading his books. Bounce took the idea that just about anyone can be good at pretty much anything, it just takes practice. […]

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Book: Leadership by Alex Ferguson & Michael Moritz

Book: Leadership by Alex Ferguson & Michael Moritz

You cannot lead by following… Michael Moritz No chasing of money. Provide excellence in everything you do, the money will come in…Alex Ferguson   My job was to make everyone understand the impossible was possible. That’s the difference between leadership and management. Here are some snippets from the second best business book I have read, […]

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Why are young people encouraged to start a business?

Why are young people encouraged to start a business?

Why are young people so actively encouraged to start a business? I can think of one or two fine reasons; they find it difficult to find employment or are just uncomfortable being an employee, which I can identify with. But other than that, why are there so many (government-funded) organisations pushing young people into the […]

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Words only others can use to describe you

Words only others can use to describe you

I’ve been seeing a lot of these words in bios in recent years: Inspiring Top of the list as this is the word that inspired (ahem) this piece. When I see this on Twitter bios I always want to say ‘I’ll be the judge of that!’ A person may well be inspiring but it’s subjective. […]

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Book: Dot Complicated by Randi Zuckerberg

How to Make it Through Life Online in One Piece The surname reveals that Randi did indeed work with her brother during the start-up stages of Facebook. It’s not my favourite social platform so I’m surprised to find myself riveted during the first few chapters that chart its beginnings.  “We’re going to connect everybody” Randi talks about the […]

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5 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed

5 Tips To Get Your CV Noticed

As a former recruiter and hirer, I know that I spent no more than 20-30 seconds on a CV before I either rejected it or kept it in the ‘read’ folder. This is what made me keep hold of it: Call me Ensure all your contact details are on, most vitally email address and mobile […]

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