Who is your Jedi Nit? The power of meeting someone who has done what you want to do

The founders of Infusionsoft recently interviewed Pamela Slim, champion of small businesses growth and the author of ‘Body of Work’. In the interview she talked about her “Jedi Knights”. These are the people she admired and sought to learn from as she built her career. This got me thinking about how important it is to seek out and learn from people who are at the top of their game in the field you’re in (or want to get into). When my son was 5 years old, his class was asked to draw...


65: Managing professional relationships - How to spot a ‘Taker' and why 'Giving' wins (but only if you avoid the pitfalls)

Okay, I admit it. I have a bad Amazon habit. I buy books and (most of the time!) read them - but often I don't properly reflect on what I've learned. I zealously highlight passages that I want to reflect on, and I might remember some of the key themes, but generally the learning points get crushed under the weight of another book being added to my groaning bookshelf. So I thought I would address this by actually writing down some of the key things I have learned when the reading books I...


64: The things mentally strong people don't do when job seeking - with bestselling author Amy Morin

Amy Morin is the a bestselling Author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do and in our interview we discuss how relevant her book is to people job searching or changing careers. A trained psychotherapist, Amy originally wrote an article on "the 13 things mentally strong people don't do" as a letter to herself. She had been through a series of losses.  At 23 years old her mother died suddenly, and then 3 years later she lost her husband.  In the process of dealing with her loss and...


Money: fixing the biggest obstacle to making a career change

The biggest obstacle to making a career change The other day a piece of research from the Nationwide Building Society floated across my screen. What’s the single biggest barrier to doing the things we want to do? Money. Okay, maybe that’s not a massive revelation. If we all had more money we’d have nicer stuff, go on more exotic holidays, all that kind of thing. But I don’t think it’s strictly true that money itself is the problem. It’s not always money that stops us from pursuing...


63: Bringing London-inspired coffeeshops & bars to Harrogate - Tim Bosworth of Hoxton North

Tim describes his journey to setting up the successful and stylish Hoxton North coffee shop and bar as a series of moments. When Tim was six, he was told to tie someone else's shoe laces and that was the moment he thought "No way! I don't want to do that!"  - starting him down a path of "not being told what do" that he's seldom strayed from! At 11 his father passed away and he made the decision then that he must provide. Another death in the family, his elder sister aged 27, fuelled in him...


62: How we'll work, live and learn in the future - David Price, author of 'Open'

David Price is a learning futurist who explores how digital technologies are impacting the ways we live and learn in the 21st century.  David has a portfolio career and is involved in lecturing, training and speaking. He works with companies to help them create a learning culture that will appeal to a younger generation who want to work for purpose driven organisations and continually develop themselves. We discuss how there is a government led obsession with standardised testing in education...


61: How to get more energy & have brilliant brainpower - Rebecca Hirst, from Glorious Wellness

Do you want high energy to work on your business or do well in your job? I know I do! So with a strong personal interest I interviewed Rebecca Hirst who recently gave up her highflying corporate career to set up a consultancy to ensure people are operating with peak energy. After many years in advertising, working on clients such as McDonalds, P&G and United Airlines Rebecca moved 'client side' to a role at Kimberly Clark, working on Kleenex. Following on from this was a role as...


60: Double your win rate for proposals and tenders - Scott Keyser, bid winning expert

I admit it: completing tenders, especially when procurement are involved, is not my favourite activity! If you're growing a business then it's likely you'll have to get involved in "tendering" for business at some point. There's definitely an art to it, and understanding the process could make or break your business in the early stages. For the last big tender we had I employed a bid specialist to help, as I knew that without some outside input and accountability our tender would be done last...


The essential guide to preparing for a successful interview

If you’re changing jobs, or going for that internal promotion, it’s likely the process will involve at least one interview. If just the mention of the ‘i’-word is already starting to stress you out, you’re not alone! How many of us have sat there in an interview tongue-tied with nerves, or mentally kicked ourselves on the way home, thinking about all the important things we forgot to mention? For most jobs, the interview is THE key part of the hiring process. Your CV may be great, you...


59: From corporate job to running a sustainable urban farming business with 7 figure backing in just 3 years - Kate Hofman of GrowUp

"I listen to your podcast, please can you interview my neighbour?" This was how I was introduced to Kate Hofman who with her co-founder has set up an innovative aquaponics business. For those of you not in the know aquaponics is basically a system whereby you grow fish and plants together. The waste from the fish provides nutrients to grow the plants which in turn cleans the water. This system ticks many boxes from an environmental point of view, having high conversion rates of inputs to...