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Purpose, learning and freedom

(Or - why I chose to work here) I'm 4 months into a new job. The culture was a big draw for me. When we talk about our culture we’re talking about a shared way of doing things. Is it is the glue that helps us to collaborate and…

Be One Team

I wasn’t planning on jumping into the lake. Standing on the shore afterwards, I was surprised how warm I felt. It was a cold October day and it was drizzling. My feet were grounded on the stony shore and the icy rush that I had felt only a minute…

Tactics to get a good deal

At some point in life, you're going to need to negotiate. Whether it's buying a used car, a house, agreeing a salary for a new job, buying (or selling) software or agreeing terms with an investor, negotiation will come your way whether you like it or not. There are a…

Good business

As a teenager I couldn't quite get my head around business terminology. Words like operations, marketing, supply chain and procurement meant nothing to me. It seemed that business was complicated. My Mum was a Pharmacist and my Dad an Electrical Engineer. I could understand what they did but no-one really…

Uncertainty and Risk

The practical difference between the two categories, risk and uncertainty, is that in the former the distribution of the outcome in a group of instances is known (either through calculation a priori or from statistics of past experience), while in the case of uncertainty this is not true, the reason…

Onboarding new team members - tactics for startups

Think back to what it feels like to start a new job. You have a lot to take in. I've had some fantastic experiences joining new teams. I've also had some poor experiences. The good experiences didn't happen by accident. Someone took care to make sure I had the tools…

Agents of Purpose

This is a blog post I recently wrote for TechCityUK where I am a Scale Coach on their 2016 Upscale programme. "Whenever there is an execution of purpose, there must be an agent" – Adoniram Judson Adoniram Judson was not a Chief Operating Officer of a scale-up. He was instead a…

Daddy, Please Can You Build Me a Zoo?

It turns out that we all have different ways in which we innovate. If you can identify your default style you can use it to your advantage by putting yourself into situations where that style is most useful. And if you're an entrepreneur or work with entrepreneurs, you're going to…

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