Business Lessons For Entrepreneurs

Some weeks the business lessons come thick and fast. Despite having been in business for myself for nearly forty years, I still continue to learn every day. There’s no such thing as being “done”, knowing everything you need to know. Everything changes all the time, we have to keep flexible and with at least one eye open for opportunity. Here are a dozen business lessons which have shown up recently for me and my colleagues and clients. 1. Look after you, because without you there is no business. If it’s been a while since you’ve had a proper holiday, or […]

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Decisions, Decisions

We all have the propensity to procrastinate when it comes to decisions. When listening to another person’s problems, it’s all too obvious what they should do – and pronto, and yet supporting them to find a way through can be challenging. So many of the decisions we need to make look easy in another’s life but impossible in our own. And those sorts of decisions can only be made by us and only when we’re good and ready. Should I start yet another new business or just focus on the one in hand? Can I love someone and let them go? Is bankruptcy really my […]

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Dreaming, Writing, Thinking, Talking, Listening

With thanks to @WhatKeepsMeSane on Twitter, I read this little inspirational quote from Joan Didion which got me thinking creatively: “Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?” Hmm. Well, yes, those are two ways. In fact I just woke from a dream with a brilliant idea for one of my businesses and I find this does tend to happen. The key is to take action in that very moment, which isn’t always practical. If you’ve woken to the alarm clock, for instance, at 7 a.m. and you’ve got to Get This Show […]

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Soul Chat: Teaching What I Most Need To Learn

A couple of summers back, a book called 29 Gifts inspired me to offer myself as a listener to 29 people in a series of 29 soul chats over 29 days. The people who volunteered to talk to me each had something to teach me or a message for me. I was reminded of how inter-connected we all are by dint of our humanity. Some of these people’s life circumstances either exactly mirrored my own or matched those of another of the volunteers they had never met and would never know, in a sort of virtual relay race. Amazing too how […]

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Listening To Our Grandmothers by Mary Ann Mhina

Once I got over the shock of Mary Ann telling me I am a crone (!), I really relaxed into these lovely stories. I have lived most of the same decades as the women who tell their stories in this book. What struck me was how matter of fact they are about their own personal life history. The simplicity of the way the stories are told, in their own words, is surprisingly powerful. To all intents and purposes, five ordinary women at birth went on to live remarkable lives, and lives which are inspirational in what they’ve seen and achieved […]

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On Being A Sounding Board: Rewards and Frustrations

For about half of each working day, I listen to clients while they work out their problems. They appreciate a sounding board and no matter what the issue is, they generally have a sense of their own solution. Nevertheless, it helps to talk things through. Things like how much to charge. Things like how to sort out a rather messy situation which has arisen in their business, or a dilemma with one of their own clients. And what strikes me is this. Robust human beings already know what to do, they have an inner knowing but they also appreciate the opportunity to […]

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The Soul2Soul Listening Project: Report Week 3

Soul Chat #17 R is a woman who releases in a rush of tears. When I send her the recording afterwards and she listens to her own wisdom, she gives herself permission to do less and switch off more, noticing that she has been receiving universal nudges to do precisely this. Soul Chat #18 S is another tearful one, who definitely did not want to surrender to the emotion but couldn’t help herself. She was so grateful that she’d been honest and authentic, giving herself permission to “should” less, grieve fully for a parent-in-law and forgive herself. She wrote later […]

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The Soul2Soul Listening Project: Report Week 1

Here’s what happened so far (just for me to keep a record really, I can’t reveal anything about my Soul Chatters for obvious reasons of confidentiality): Soul Chat #1: J is writing a book, working in the pub, and wants a dog (which she manifested the very next day). Soul Chat #2: L is looking forward to going to Italy for the weekend to be with his girlfriend. He has a lovely dog and lovely neighbours. He’s a natural storyteller. Soul Chat #3: R has a gorgeous soothing voice on the telephone, good self-knowledge and is very wise. I got […]

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The Listening Spa: A Deep Yearning To Be Heard

I grew up in a noisy family. Whether it was just the four of us, or the house was full of people partying, one of my school friends once drew attention to the fact that we Morgans all shout at once but no-one listens to anyone. This remains the status quo; I love and accept it’s just who we are.  But I tell my family that in other people’s homes it isn’t like that. There one talks and another listens and then they swap roles. This seems almost incredible to us, apparently undesirable to most but remains a deep yearning […]

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Confidence: A Little Goes A Long Way

I received an email from a client tonight. I read it, smiled and went to delete it. And then I thought: “No. There’s something in this which might be important for all of us.” Here’s what my client said:  “You have given me much confidence. Thank you.“ Doesn’t look like much, does it?   So small I almost missed it for a couple of reasons. First off, it’s only eight words and it sounds like a throwaway remark.   It’s always nice to get a thank you, but this isn’t about me. It is about good listening and good noticing but – […]

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