Like pretty much everyone else on the planet, the past year has forced me to reassess my priorities, in both life and work.
Far from diminishing my ambitions, 2020/21 strengthened my resolve to think bigger. Widen my impact. Dare courageously. As Marc Andreessen said, it’s time to build.
I have always been driven by the impact I can have — whether that’s on people, companies or industries.
That’s why, after two and a bit amazing years leading Netsells’ marketing efforts, I will be stepping down as Marketing Director at the end of May.
In all honesty, it’s a bittersweet moment…
Imagine enrolling with an educational institution for a course that lasts a lifetime, with a curriculum covering multiple disciplines that expands near-instantly as new knowledge becomes available.
Imagine a society that provides every citizen with lifelong learning and guaranteed access to the knowledge they need to compete in our rapidly changing, increasingly globalised, economy.
Is this a socialist fantasy? Or is it the inevitable future of education?
In my last post I wrote about whether it’s better to be a specialist or generalist when it comes to choosing your career path. Most of us don’t get the choice when it…
It’s hard to find any reputable statistics on exactly how many SaaS businesses are trading in 2020, but I think it’s safe to assume the number is in the tens of thousands across B2B and B2C.
In some verticals, such as email, CRMs or project management, users have access to hundreds of software solutions that do a lot of same things with very little differentiation. Even platforms such as Superhuman are “luxury” versions of fundamentally similar concepts — inbox, folders, send, archive.
If you’ve ever tried to come up with an idea for a SaaS business you will invariably realise…
As the fifth industrial revolution rips through rapidly digitising economies, employees are starting to ask valid questions about the skills they will need to survive in the future.
Debate continues to rage over the merits of becoming a generalist or specialist in your chosen profession. As a self-professed marketing generalist, I have decided to optimise for broad knowledge and flexibility over narrow and deep expertise.
I do occasionally think to myself, as roles across multiple industries continue to become increasingly niche, is this a wise strategy? Only yesterday I saw a corporate job ad for a TikTok content executive….
“Are you undergoing a big life change, such as suffering a bereavement, having a child, moving jobs or buying a house?”
I remember looking at the stress assessment form and wondering why on earth buying a house had been lumped in with having to deal with death.
Now, facing the uncertainty of my own drawn-out house purchase process, I get it now.
For weeks I’ve had an acute low level tightness in my chest at thought of making such a big decision. A “will it, or won’t it happen?” sitting on the tip of my tongue.
I am stuck in…
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The police officer emerged from the path running at full pelt, waving his arms, motioning us back. We complied without question.
“I’m calling the firearms unit, we need to cordon off the area. Don’t let anyone onto the path” he shouted disjointedly, gulping back air after each word. He seemed pretty shaken, which made the hairs on my arm stand on end.
The small group of us moved back along the path quickly, away from the wooded area. I then radioed for cones and tape to block off the public entrances. …
Over the past 10+ years, I’ve worked in a number of different roles across various industries.
Before and during university I worked at a castle as part of the visitor services team. This involved a mixture of working with the general public, cleaning 400 year old staircases and emptying stinking bins on hot summer days.
Like many tales of mystery, this one starts with a phone call from an unanmed caller.
We used to get quite a lot of slightly odd calls down on reception. For example I repeatedly spoke to an elderly chap who wanted to know if…
Whatever the medium, don’t tell us your life story. Keep things short, clear and obvious.
Like many people I’m constantly bombarded by cold sales messages via LinkedIn and email. Most of them fall into the trap of being a combination of the following:
Needless to say, I am very unlikely to engage.
This is how I approach potential guests for my…
The past six weeks have been challenging. As someone who thrives off social interaction and throwing ideas around in a room of people, working from home has been a huge shift for me both mentally and professionally.
This transition to working from home has not been one of choice. We have been forced pretty much overnight into unfamiliar working patterns and spaces, often with the additional burden of childcare and other responsibilities.
If that wasn’t enough cognitive load, we are also collectively struggling with feelings of loss, fear and uncertainty. …
To get to know everyone, we ran a workshop with an ambitious goal — to find the top blockers to startup growth in 2020 and find solutions.
What surprised us most was that these blockers were commonplace, irrespective of sector.
Startups from recruitment, property, and legal sectors were present, along with people from the government and large companies.
Despite coming from radically different industries and companies, all experienced the same problems.
It’s no secret that the UK is experiencing a talent shortage.
Accenture estimates this skills gap could cost the UK economy £141 billion in GDP growth by 2028, with…