What to Do About Toxic People: Podcast Ep 185

What do you do about the toxic people who may be in your life and/or your work? And what can you do if, worse still, they are a member of your own family? This is a question which has been sent in by a listener for us to address in today’s radio show and it is meatier than either of us expected. I assumed we would both say the same thing – move away from them – but perhaps it is not as simple as that especially with family. My strategy is threefold: Let them know the impact their toxicity […]

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Are You a Copycat? Podcast Ep 184

Are you a copycat? There’s someone else in your very specific niche. She’s ace. She’s brilliant. You admire her and she’s been at it a couple of years longer than you. You don’t want to watch her creative output for fear it will influence you accidentally. You don’t want her to think you are muscling in on her territory. What to do? Should you have a conversation with her? Is there room in the niche for both of you without fear or scarcity? Will she think you are copying her or riding on her coattails, stealing her thunder and all […]

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Creating an Online Community: Podcast Ep 183

Oooh, oooh, oooh! We didn’t have a focus for our show today so we asked the members of our (free to join) Own It! the Podcast Facebook Group and one Q sprang forth pronto and one that I am really interested in. I LOVE online communities.  I love everything about them. I love creating them, curating them, fostering community in them and hanging out and encouraging and supporting people in them. I own and run or co-run seven groups. And that’s enough if you want to do it well. Two of them are paid and the remaining five of them are […]

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Cristina Palma is our Guest: Podcast Ep 182

Cristina Palma is our guest today on Own It! the Podcast and she talks about Social Changers and Professional Volunteers. Who are they? What’s that all about? Who’s it for? How does it help you as a professional volunteer? How does it help the social change project you work with? Cristina explains and gives us lots of handy tips too and shares with us examples like Tom’s Shoes, Pencils of Promise and Skilled Impact. Watch Cristina’s interview on Facebook with Anna from Skilled Impact. LISTEN HERE TO EPISODE #182 of OWN IT! The Podcast: Cristina Palma, Social Changers and Professional […]

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The Future of your Business: Podcast Ep 181

What is the future of your business? No, I have no idea either! Fresh from the ICF Conference in London, Nicola has some questions for me about the future of coaching as a business, the future for any sort of business and how much and to what extent do we need to be futurologists, is that even possible? Even Warren Buffett admits he cannot predict the future. We both agree on agility, creating the sort of business which is responsive to the changing needs of our clients and customers. And keeping an eye out for change and deciding whether you […]

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Just Like Starting Over: Podcast Ep 180

  Someone has written to me asking what I would do if I were starting again in business now. I honestly don’t know is the truth. The only regrets I have over the last forty years include that I chose something so sedentary and (these days) computer based as I am not sure that’s good for my health; actually, I’m certain it’s not. Nicola and I debate whether typical standing-up/moving around/ physical jobs are any better for the body and conclude they all involve physical and emotional stresses and strains. Nicola knows she would start an Amazon FBA business. FBA […]

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Clearer Thinking and Better Decision Making: Podcast Ep 179

Today’s radio show is about mental models and how they help us with clearer thinking and better decision making. Nicola is very enthusiastic about mental models and gives us a rundown of those available from Kaizen to the Pareto Principle via the weakest link (no, not that one). She talks of Gary Vee, James Schramko, Eli Goldratt and Stephen Covey and surprises me by describing the Law of Attraction as a mental model. It becomes clear during our discussion that it isn’t just a matter of researching and studying and being aware of all these models but of finding one […]

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Impressive Women: Podcast Ep 178

I couldn’t wait to tell Nicola today about all the impressive women in my week. But the first of those is our guest Wild Woman, Mary Daniels. Mary brings the topic of noble causes and normal people as she explains about the dangers of not knowing who you are, and the congruence between people/organisations and the visions to do good and create change in the world with their values and behaviour. She consults to organisations and helps them align the two. Noble causes are served by perfectly normal human beings who behave in exceptional ways and this isn’t limited to organisations […]

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Incandescent with Rage: Podcast Ep 177

I’m incandescent with rage in today’s podcast, and more about that later. Our focus for today’s show is this wonderful quote from Jim Rohn “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” This thought takes us in lots of winding different directions, from the logical to the illogical. The logical include how not to devalue your time by putting an hourly rate on it and how to demonstrate to your potential clients the value of your expertise. The illogical covers what Nicola and I will and won’t pay for by […]

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What Price Education: Podcast Ep 176

What price a university education in 2018 in an era when information is free? Inspired by a post I saw on Facebook from Erica Blair, Nicola and I debate something I already know we agree on, whether or not to get into lifelong student debt for yourself/your kids in an era when information is free. Erica brings up YouTube and iTunes U, and I bring up James Altucher and Nicola Gary Vee. We are both lifelong learners and have paid for that too, and the conversation segues into what Nicola paid this week to sort her Facebook Ads problem and […]

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