MDE 49: Uninspired by graduate schemes on offer he scratched his own itch, Rob Blythe of Instant Impact

Rob Blythe and his co-founder Felix Mitchell set up Instant Impact four years ago from a Starbucks coffee shop. They have grown their specialist recruitment company to 20 employees housed in an office in London and are on target to hit a turnover of £1 million this year. Meeting all their candidates face to face, and providing quirky guides to living in London as benefits for their candidates, the company is on a mission to help change the perception of the rather tarnished image of the...


MDE 24: Peter Bregman - Four Seconds to change your life

Those goals you’ve written for yourself? Screw them up and don’t bother, says Peter Bregman. Well, not quite, but he does think that goal setting can harm your performance. The author of Four Seconds, which is published this month, says that when we feel overwhelmed and stressed by our growing to-do list, our knee-jerk reaction is to work longer hours and pack more into the hours we are already working. He says in the book, “We multitask, dash from meeting to meeting, sneak emails under...


MDE 22: Creating Your Personal Boardroom with Zella King

When Zella King had a meeting cancelled before Christmas she took the opportunity to, in her words, “eat my own dog food”. That is, she spent the time reassessing her own personal boardroom. The author of Who is in your Personal Boardroom? sent four emails to “people I had lost touch with that I considered to be in my personal boardroom." Two of the emails led to incredibly useful conversations and one led to the introduction of someone else who now has their own seat in her boardroom....


MDE 17: Michelle Evans, from Microsoft to nurturing aspiring entrepreneurs

Business coach and marketing strategist Michelle Evans helps entrepreneurs gain clarity, confidence and a solid client-attraction profit plan. She spent 16 years working in very senior global marketing positions at companies including leading banks, dotcoms and Microsoft. But she left behind a six-figure salary to start up on her own. Her aim is to help you do the same. Michelle started her professional life in marketing. At the age of 26 she was hired to lead marketing and investor relations...


MDE 14: Helping people convert their purpose and passion into pay, Shannon Houde founder of Walk of Life Consulting

 PODCAST: In this episode of Mission Driven Entrepreneurs I interview Shannon Houde who left a stellar career in corporate America, NGOs and sustainability to go after her mission of getting the right people into the right jobs to advance their careers and create a more sustainable world. Looking at her background she is perfectly placed to advise people on the very world she has worked in for many years. Her partnerships with leading recruitment companies in the UK and USA also give her first...