Advice and Articles

Cut out the Crap: Kaizen & The 7 Forms of Waste You Don’t Need In Your Startup

Kaizen is Japanese for “good change”. It’s a principle that is born from the lean philosophy and one that’s adopted by everyone from large manufacturers through to solo startups. If you’re in the early stages of startup and feeling insanely busy but not very productive, Kaizen may be just what you need. With a focus […]

Phone a Friend: Why Every Entrepreneur Needs An Accountability Partner

The great joy of entrepreneurship is that you are your own boss. You no longer have a CEO, CFO or COO breathing down your neck and micromanaging your day. Having no boss is the upside of being an entrepreneur, but if you lack accountability, it could also be the downside. Even the most sage of […]

Why entrepreneurs do what they do: Finding Meaning, Mantra and Mojo

“Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of livin’ is gone.” Ever wondered if your work will thrill you as your life goes on? You may achieve wealth, create an empire and leave a legacy but are you doing what fulfils you? Even the most exciting of startups will lose its shine if […]

Delegation is Not a Dirty Word

 “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” This could well be the motto for the entrepreneur. After all, it takes a certain type of person to create something from nothing. But as a business grows, so too does the workload. With only 24 hours in the day (not even an entrepreneur can disrupt […]

The 5Cs of Perfect Pricing

Getting customers to pay for what you are offering is one of the most problematic aspects of building up a new business. It’s all about setting your product or service at a price where both you and the customer are winning. Not an easy task. Price setting is like something out of that fairy tale […]

More Than ‘Never Give Up’

The key to finding your motivation is finding your why. Congratulations you’re an entrepreneur. You have no boss, you have no set hours of work, and hopefully you have no difficulty stayingmotivated. Starting your own business will be one of the most rewarding experiences, but for many, it can be one of the most challenging. The […]

The Balanced Scorecard: Striking the Perfect balance for Success 

Say you’re the leader of an expedition party about to set off into foreign lands. I imagine plotting your course on a map is one of the first things you’d do. And wouldn’t you also have a plan for when you should reach the halfway point and what time you need to return? Most likely, you’d also communicate what key landmarks and significant dangers the team would need to watch out for along the way. And what […]

Innovating using DMADV

An innovative spirit and a desire to disrupt the status quo is what drives most entrepreneurs on their quest for greatness. So, if innovation is the creation of something new or introducing something different, can we also say that a new process, product or service within an existing organisation is innovation? It’s a question that […]

Pitch Perfect: Creating an Investment Presentation that Excites and Inspires.

About to pitch your big idea to an investor? Just make sure you know your elevator pitch from your executive summary. A seasoned Silicon Valley venture capitalist was recently asked what were the biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs made when pitching to investors. Not surprisingly, the list was a long one. With a steady stream of […]

Mental Super Food: How Six Thinking Hats sharpens your brain

Entrepreneurs have that rare ability to challenge the status quo, shake things up and blaze trails. But what about the ability to challenge their own way of thinking? Whether it’s sprouting new ideas, challenging competitors or developing new technology, entrepreneurs have the brainpower to challenge their environment. But exceptional thinking lies in the ability to […]