Dominic Irvine
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Dragons - All Smoke and Fire

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2014 | (13:16)

It's a flaming mess

In their infinite arrogant wisdom, the "Dragons" in the latest series of BBC2's well-known entrepreneurial roasting session Dragon's Den recently turned down Richard and Lynn Bye's request for investment in their cycling apparel business "Fat Lad At The Back", otherwise known as "FLAB".

The Byes...

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Mental Toughness

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (14:45)

Man up!
The deluge from the cloud burst meant the streets had become streams. As I ground my way slowly up the steep hill 150 miles in with 50 to go on a long training bike ride, a driver overtook me. The wave of water from the wheels, taller...

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Albert Einstein and Thomas Jefferson were both wrong!

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (12:32)

It's amazing how many people have a view on greatness and so few have ever achieved it. Amazon will sell you '3,500' books with greatness in the title. As a business we spend our days helping people raise their performance for the benefit of the business and themselves. What we've...

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What Would You Tell 15-Year-Olds

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (16:57)

I was invited to speak to 60 15-year-old children about my career and how I had got to where I was today (cue stifling yawn). The more I thought about it, the more I realised that quite frankly, whilst it might be vaguely interesting, it wouldn't be much use. Instead,...

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Cycling Insights - Lessons from Business Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (08:39)

I looked at my beer glass, relishing the 'Ice cold in Alex' moment having just cycled 565km from Paris to Geneva in 2.5 days. I listened to the banter and laughter of my fellow cyclists - mostly a group of senior business executives from some of the world's best known...

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Ey Up Boss! Yorkshire's Tour de France

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2014 | (15:46)

What is it about Yorkshire that inspired 2.5million people to turn out and watch two days of the Tour de France? And, can this same spirit be bottled so that organisations can inspire and motivate their employees?

Tour de France officials were astonished at the high levels of support and...

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Discretionary Effort - Insights From the Business of Cycling

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2014 | (16:25)

The security team faced a choice, overtake the hapless cyclist at the back to get behind their man or watch as the gap between the two riders grew. Having an armed security team is not a requirement for many of us when out riding our bikes, but if you are...

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Coffee Loyalty Cards - The Stamp of Success

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2014 | (12:04)

"Do you have a loyalty card?" the Barista asked as I paid for my double espresso. My card was duly stamped - only two more coffees before I could claim a free brew. Most people in the queue had a loyalty card too. And so I got to thinking.

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The Power of Goals - An Insight From a Failure

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (14:59)

A recent attempt at breaking a 50 year old cycling record led to some useful insights on goal setting applicable to individual, team and business goals.

"Will everyone shut the f**k up and do exactly what I say" shouted the medic on the team. What followed was instant silence. My...

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False Certainty

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2014 | (14:24)

Shocked, stunned and not a little amazed

I was incredulous. The account relayed to me of a conversation with a friend with whom I had once worked had me flabbergasted. I had absolutely no recollection of the event described and the account was so diametrically opposed to my core values...

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Challenge the Way You Think

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (09:41)

The company wanted to run a development programme - but money was tight. They needed to keep the accommodation costs as low as possible. Whilst we understood this, we didn't want to create a 'cheap-skate' feel to the event. How then to proceed? We needed good accommodation but at budget...

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Stand Up for Better Meetings

(0) Comments | Posted 21 February 2014 | (17:10)

Stand up for better meetings

Not so smart

It's not as if we didn't notice: The 'smart' phone vibrated on the table as each message arrived. The sequence was always the same - a furtive glance at the message followed by some exaggerated nodding to pretend he was listening to...

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The Madness of Forced Ranking

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (14:57)

Summing the parts
They had come together to break a record - and they almost achieved it. The John O'Groats to Land's End non-stop tandem challenge was something they were doing in their own time - voluntarily, they had sacrificed holiday, incurred some costs, and along the way suffered...

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Feedback for Starters

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (09:06)

Ken Blanchard wrote "feedback is the food of champions". This eloquent summary of the power of feedback makes it difficult to understand why organisations do not invest more heavily in creating an environment rich in high quality feedback. Feedback is the starter, main course and dessert of high performance. We...

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Virtually Successful

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (11:07)

Working hard towards failure
In 2012 I nearly lost my business, it wasn't through a lack of work - to the contrary - we were very busy, it was due to a failure to find a way of working effectively. We had abandoned our offices as no-one was ever...

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Goodwill Hunting - 10 Tips for a More Engaged Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (10:53)

1: Recognise the problem

What are you engaging people for? Engagement as a quest has lost its way; it has become separated from its original purpose, becoming an end in itself rather than a means to an end. Engagement needs a business focus, currently engagement seems to be for the...

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Teambuilding Events - Doing the Right Thing

(1) Comments | Posted 11 November 2013 | (10:17)

We feel privileged - really lucky, in 2012 one of the authors of this article got to be part of a team that enabled two cyclists to ride non-stop on a tandem for just under 60 hours covering almost 1400km and on the way getting remarkably close to breaking a...

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Innovate Your Way to Success - Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2013 | (12:08)

After reading part 1 of this blog you will understand that I am an advocate of innovation being a habit in your business. You'll also know I'm into failing - lots. Being innovative means coming up with ideas that, in the first instance, will fail. From these failures I will...

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Innovate Your Way to Success - Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted 5 July 2013 | (15:47)

Have no doubt - innovation is the key to future success.

There is no escaping the need to innovate, changes in technology, consumer trends and what the competition is doing, mean you cannot afford to stand still. You need to be innovative in all aspects of your business, from...

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Extreme Networking

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2013 | (21:55)

Come and suffer
It's not exactly a great starting recipe for success. I'd like you to come along, give up two days, spend several hundred pounds and probably spend most of the latter part of the time uncomfortable, sore and tired, oh and by the way, do it with...

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