By taking risks, being open to change, and allowing flexibility to be an integral part of my life, I've discovered secrets that have enabled positive changes. For instance, through being open, I have invited new and often inspiring individuals into my sphere. Also, I've been able to broaden my view of what I'm capable of.
Let us not blame only the super-rich for tax avoidance, plenty of averagely wealthy people are getting away with a lower tax bill too. Government should be cracking down heavily on loss-making schemes like the one attempted by Moyles. The amount of prosecution and punishment is still too low.
When the FTSE 100 has only four female chief executives there's a question that has to be asked: Why are more women not pushing themselves forward for more senior roles? My work as a corporate coach suggests the answer is primarily a lack of confidence.
Despite regular reports that flexible workers are more productive and committed, the practice is still regularly presented as one of the biggest issues in the workplace, with managers too often looking at it as a problem to be solved rather than as a problem solving tool.
There is a natural way to remind us how to be happy - through meditation - the superfood for the mind. It's been around for thousands of years, has no negative side effects and our brain power is enhanced and not ruined. There are countless scientific studies showing the huge benefits of meditation for the mind, the body and our general wellbeing.
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 sequ...
The story of the rise-and-fall of jailed stockbroker Jordan Belfort has sparked controversy from almost every corner of the globe. With the mainstay of the film being immoral financiers targeting the weak and vulnerable to fund a life of ridiculous debauchery, it's no great surprise.
With a lot of our rail infrastructure and most of Somerset under water, not to mention water levels continuing to rise across Britain it is fair to say we are in the midst of a national crisis. He might not be in the top ten list of people I love in retail, but when former Tesco CEO Terry Leahy spoke about the occasional difficulties brands have - from local service problems to major outage and inconvenience - his catchphrase was "never waste a good crisis". It stuck with me and comes to mind now; not least because I love a paradox. The idea of a major problem being an opportunity is a tough one for executives to grasp whilst it's all happening.
Apart from 2014 being the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the year Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games, and that Scotland plays host to the Ryder Cup, the vote on Scottish independence is also being held 100 years after the outbreak of the First World War.
The public debate evaluating the true usefulness of an MBA is a cacophony that only grows louder the further you wade into it. Yet what I found from my own wading is that you cannot know what is right for 'everyone' - you can only (ever) know what's right for you.
For many of us there are only rare moments in which we do not think at all; when we are engaged in sports or indulged in a concert, for example. Besides these moments, the rational mind dominates the scene, one thought after another, until we fall asleep at night. In worst cases it even persists and keeps us from falling asleep.
I have been blogging now for over a decade. In fact, I have watched blogs mutate from the original form of 'web-logging' that was just like keeping an online diary to the present-day where most people get their news about the world from blogs.
The fact that a company with a mere 32 engineers in its workforce can be valued at $19bn - more than Twitter when it went public - is extraordinary. But it is a clear guide to the power that digital media tools hold.
I've always been competitive. I was a keen sportsperson and loved the feeling winning gave me - even when we played family games around the kitchen table, I hated losing. I've taken this competitive spirit into my life as an entrepreneur...
While I certainly don't agree with exploiting graduates and other interns I'm not convinced the whole concept of companies having to pay graduates minimum wage across the board - especially when it comes to micro businesses and small businesses - is a good one.
These positive market conditions are leading many executives to consider what they can do with more and seriously consider the ways in which to future proof their organisation - so they are not blindsided by future market blips. For many the answer to this is innovation.