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Tracy Island Debate–A Valuable Lesson

By Nancy Radford | May 3, 2015

  The Background (All names changed to avoid embarrassment). In 1992, there was a surge of demand for Thunderbirds Tracy Island which meant all the parents rushed about to buy their kids one. Except us as we didn’t have much cash at the time.   Of course, Henry, the rich kid in the class, had parents…

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Enterprising Surprise

By Nancy Radford | April 9, 2015

If entrepreneurs had initials behind their names, they would be: GID, MIH, DIN, GFI (Get it done, Make it happen, Do it now and Go for it!) .                                                      …

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Procrastination: 5 Reasons we don’t get round to doing things & How to Get Going

By Nancy Radford | January 30, 2015

Procrastination: 5 Reasons We Don’t Get Round to Doing Things Merriam-Webster defines procrastination as  “to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done”. So if it should be done, why don’t we do it? There are 5 reasons for procrastination which this post looks at:  one which is used most frequently, two which we use when…

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Third Culture Kid: Where are you from, really?

By Nancy Radford | January 23, 2015

  When someone asks: “where are you from?” I reply “do you mean where was I born, where did I grow up, where do I live now or where do I call home?” They don’t usually want the whole story so I’ve abbreviated it to “I was born in the USA, brought up in India…

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It’s never too late

By Nancy Radford | January 7, 2015

It is never too late to be what you might have been. George Eliot How often do we say.. …if only I’d ………(studied more at school, worked harder, taken that chance) I might have………. (gone to university, got a great job, landed a fantastic customer, been famous) And then move on with regret? In my…

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Small Change, Big Difference

By Nancy Radford | January 3, 2015

Small Change, Big Difference In business and in life we often concentrate on the big projects, the big customers, the “cash cows”. We look for the instant hit, the impressive entrance, the present that they’ll love, the comment they’ll all remember….but research shows that what people value most is consistency and authenticity. Change is scary…

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Putting it right when it all goes wrong

By Nancy Radford | October 1, 2014

What is the best way of putting it right when it all goes wrong? Smiley’s Clinic in Minneapolis took guidance from Jeffrey Liker’s The Toyota Way in developing the “Smileyota Way”. Dr Tim Ramer summarises it as: Patient First Remove the Blame Make it Visible Make it Better Make it Fun. This works everywhere if you…

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Why understanding others is good for your business

By Nancy Radford | September 24, 2014

According to one of the most well-known businessmen in history, understanding others is vital. If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own. Henry Ford When so many adverts are…

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Most Human Conflicts Can Be Solved

By Nancy Radford | June 30, 2014

Most Human Conflicts Can Be Solved “I remain convinced that most human conflicts can be solved through genuine dialogue conducted with a spirit of openness and reconciliation”   His Holiness the Dalai Lama Seems an amazing thing to say…until you start thinking about conflicts. Think of history, your own family, work…how much conflict could have…

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