Like you, we have quite a few areas of interest, so we post everything under one or more of these main labels: Personal Development, Business Development (startup and marketing), Intelligence (emotional, spiritual, etc.), News, Fun, Newsletter (chat about things we've emailed). Enjoy, and keep in touch!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

I started this blog while running the coaching business Finding True North, which I've now retired from. So this blog is looking for a new purpose!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Seven ways to beat the recession

Maybe we’re coming out of the recession in the U.K., maybe we’re not. Either way the commercial environment is still challenging for small businesses and even as some sectors start to expand again others will lag behind. This is an important time both to “hang on in there” and to invest in encouraging and developing staff ready for the more solid growth that will come.
  1. Here are seven steps for you and your staff to take together.
  2. Focus on the things you can influence, not on those you can't control.
  3. See where you want to get to, not what you want to escape from.
  4. Review your marketing: seek to serve market sectors that are themselves growing well.
  5. Take time to work out the small "stepping stones" you need to take to get there, and the resources you need.
  6. Don't be a martyr: seek out friends and professional advisers who can help.
  7. Value your achievements.
  8. Spend time with other people who have the same attitude and approach.
To explore these further contact me.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Latest on government grants

From time to time grants are available in the UK, funded by the EC or UK government, to support the development of businesses and charities. The offer changes from time to time, and I seek to keep this page up to date with grants that may be of help to those I am in contact with.

Currently the grant programmes focus on small to medium sized businesses that want to achieve high growth (say 20% per year in turnover or staff). This applies whether they are existing businesses or start-ups. While funds are not available for "charities", some are available for "social enterprise". For a charity to be considered as a social enterprise, this is about the purpose of the charity and whether any surplus is ploughed back into the work.

Find more information on our Finding True North website.

Growth Accelerator

I'm now working as a coach and trainer with the government's GrowthAccelerator to help businesses and start-ups move into growth.

"GrowthAccelerator is a new service that will help England's brightest growing businesses achieve their ambitions with rapid, sustainable growth. GrowthAccelerator's network of world-class growth experts work side by side with leaders of high-growth potential SMEs to provide them with the know-how and ability to achieve sustainable growth. The service will help discover the real issues that could be holding businesses back, define the right growth plan and open doors to world class business experts and networks. Whatever these businesses need to speed and sustain growth, GrowthAccelerator will help drive them forward."

More info here.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Redundancy Support

I've been asked to join the Redundancy Support Service provided by the Chartered Management Institute for their members.The CMI seek to develop leadership excellence among their 90,000 members and this extended service provides support for members facing redundancy.

A part of my work that I enjoy is supporting people whose jobs have been made redundant: particularly in situations where they are looking not just to find a similar job to their previous one, but want to review their career direction in the light of their strengths and interests.

I'm pleased that this appointment both recognises the quality of service I provide, and presents new opportunities to support people in developing their careers.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Coaching gets high profile

I'm enjoying watching the London 2012 Olympics on t.v., and a highlight yesterday was watching Gemma Gibbons win her silver medal in the Judo. In the finals in particular, there was much talk about how Gemma's American combatant had been "rescued" by her athletics coach. Coaches seem to be getting quite a high profile, and perhaps that is because a good coach can make a big difference to an athlete's performance.

This isn't just true for sport. Coaches can also make a big difference in helping people to thrive, find their vocation, excel in leadership, and develop their businesses. That's our passion at Finding True North.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Finding True North Code of Ethics

We've updated our Code of Ethics and made it values-based.

At Finding True North we see that ethics flow from our values and character – from who we are. This summary introduces you to the core of the way we run our business as well as the way we work with clients.

Read all about it here.