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Thankfully I haven’t had a chance to put all of my articles, which date back to the mid-90’s, up on this page (yet). So this is a more recent selection, from 2015 onwards. It doesn’t include many of the articles which go out by email every few weeks, which tend to be more off-the-cuff. You can sign up here
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Proof of the pudding
This one isn’t a fabulous article about Burning Man and serendipity,leadership loneliness, or trekking in Nepal (I’m writing a leadership book which kicks off with this, you’ll just have to ... Continue...
How do you win the agency game?
As owners we know that we have too many responsibilities competing for our attention. And when times are unpredictable, competition from the outside – from really well-run agencies – adds yet more ... Continue...
Why positioning takes courage
Jim Collins’s best seller Good To Great describes something he calls The Hedgehog Principle. In essence it instructs you to find the one thing you can claim or aspire to ... Continue...
Is there an agency recession coming?
It’s about that time again. Big clients slowing down spending. Softening budgets. Pitches with more participants. Decisions being delayed. Is there a downturn coming? It’s worrying. You already know that ... Continue...
How Impero won five ‘agency of the year’ awards
Quick note to congratulate an amazing agency called Impero. They’ve just won their third agency of the year award for 2018 (the latest from The Drum). I wanted to share three ... Continue...
The non-exec chairman advantage
I write answers on Quora.com about entrepreneurship, growth strategy and how to start and build agencies. I've done a lot of it myself – like you, I spent many years ... Continue...
A seriously good book, for once
As some of you know as the result of a speed reading course (see here) I did a few years ago I've read a huge number of absolutely dreadful business ... Continue...
How to use perspective to maximise sale value
I had a great meeting today with one of my M&A friends, who specialises, as I do, in maximising the value owners get when they sell their agencies. His firm ... Continue...
A careers talk for Parliamentary interns
At the end of June I was invited to give a Masterclass for interns on the Speaker's Scheme in Parliament. Here are the notes I wrote for the talk. My name ... Continue...
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