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  1. Can we change our nature

    Watching recent developments around what is rather quaintly called "strike action" in our country, I couldn't help but think of the tale of the fox and the scorpion. For those that don't know it, it goes something like this:

    A scorpion was walking along the bank of a river, wondering how to get to the other side. Suddenly, he saw a fox. He asked the fox to take him on his back across the river.

    The fox said, "No. If I do that, you'll sting me, and I'll
  2. Ambition - a story

    In 2001 I was a one man business - and incredibly happy with it.

    I had one service product to deliver.
    I had a portfolio of very satisfied, faithful clients producing a very steady supply of orders.
    The "office" was a room in the house.
    I didn't have to deal with staff. Or VAT. Or much in the way of red tape.
    The total monthly operating costs of the business (including rent) were covered in the first four days of trading - the rest of the month ...

    Updated 12-Feb-12 at 07:50 AM by Dave A

    Strategy , Goals , Business
  3. The Big 5 (plus 1) business limiters

    Nearly four years ago I posted an article called The Big 5 Business Limiters. That particular post got dumped in the site restructure that came with last week's upgrade. I'm reposting it here as it appeared before plus a footnote, mainly because I'll probably be referring to this in my next blog post.

    The Big 5 Business Limiters (as originally posted).

    I've been a business owner now for about 23 years, and have experienced much of the joy and pain that seems to go with ...
    Business , Strategy
  4. Business lessons from surfing

    It struck me the other day that business is a lot like competitive surfing.

    So now you're thinking "There's a weird thought, Dave. Next."

    OK. I know I might seem weird sometimes, maybe even all the time. But I think this might be worth the ride.

    You see, sometimes finding a solution just takes looking at the problem a slightly different way. Maybe that is what "perspective" is all about. So let's see where this goes.


    Updated 26-Dec-10 at 05:46 PM by Dave A

    Business , Strategy
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