The same three things

I must have mentioned this over and over again this morning. I was with Simon, a photographer living in the middle of Northumberland, blissfully miles from anywhere and talking to him about developing, or rather redeveloping his business. I have mentioned him before as he is someone I have the pleasure of being involved with … Continue reading The same three things

Rural problems

Over the last year Justin and I have been working with a small number of rural businesses to help them develop. We struggled with what rural meant in this context. Is a rural business one that is based in an area with few homes or other buildings and a low population density? Or is it … Continue reading Rural problems

This is the well we drink from

  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not condoning either of the activities that I am going to talk about in this blog but rather want to use them to highlight how funny people are.  We are fickle and apply different rules depending upon the situation.  We then go on to justify how right … Continue reading This is the well we drink from

Unfolding plans 151 – Employee engagement and culture

This week is flying by.  It’s day four of National customer Service Week already.  I’m still wearing my Institute of Customer Service badge (with pride) even though I’ve changed jackets since yesterday.  Today’s theme is employee engagement and culture which is perfect as we’re having our second day of our Lean Start-Up training.  The group … Continue reading Unfolding plans 151 – Employee engagement and culture

Unfolding plans 132 – more jobs or fewer jobs

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.  That’s what I have often been told.  We’ve been telling a story about the North East and the technical industry. It is about the number of jobs that the sector carries.  We’ve been saying that there are thirty thousand jobs and two thousand … Continue reading Unfolding plans 132 – more jobs or fewer jobs

Unfolding plans 130 – Lean start up

Lean start up sounded an interesting concept.  Justin, one of my colleagues at Dynamo was telling me about it.  In essence I took it to be a way of shaping your business ideas before you get too bogged down in business plans and financing.  It is a way of making sure that your idea has … Continue reading Unfolding plans 130 – Lean start up