I hate football but ...

I am a big anti-football fan, if there is such a thing, and I take absolutely no notice of what's happening in the football season. However, even as someone who hates football it didn't escape my notice that Leicester City may win the Premier League and that this was some kind of small miracle.

I'm sure you've had loads of motivational emails over the last couple of weeks with the whole "David and Goliath" story, reminding you how with team work and focus, etc, etc, the small guy can over-power the big guy. That may be motivational if you have a team or plans for world domination, but what if you're a one-man band who simply wants to take the next step?

I wouldn't normally talk about football (and I'm fairly certain it won't happen again for another 10 years) but I heard something yesterday that did grab my attention and could be motivational whether you have a team in your business or just you. 

In a sports review on the radio yesterday morning someone said that this is the first time since 1978 that a new team won the Premiership.  Not a team that's new to football, but a team who hasn't won the premiership before.  So for 38 years the title has been spinning around the same few clubs, no-one new has broken through, the status-quo hasn't been upset.  I guess that's why it's such a big deal now that Leicester City has managed to break the mould, shake up the establishment.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Can-Do-Copmressed---iStock_000084442213_XXXLarge.jpgI've been in business 10 years this year.  Many people will congratulate me and tell me what a great achievement this is and how well I've done to survive the recession years and still be in business.  But surviving is all I feel I've done.  Survived not thrived.  It's easy to get down-hearted and wonder if, after 10 years of surviving, it will ever be any different.  

So for me the message from the Premiership this weekend is that the status-quo can be broken ... it doesn't always have to be how it's always been.  With a bit of focus and hard work I and many others can break out of the cycle of sameness and achieve things that we perhaps didn't feel we could before. 

Let's go for it!!!

 

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Which century are you working in?

We seem to like reminiscing about the 'good old days' ... how it was when we were growing up.  Is it a sign of getting old?  I used to think that's what my parents and grand-parents did but how often do we see things on Facebook about how it was back in the 70's or 80's?

This video is a short but interesting look at how the office has evolved over the last 30 years ...

 



In this instance I think the evolution has been a good one.  

Working in the 21st century is so much more flexible than it was back in 'the good old days'.  

Personally, I wouldn't be doing what I do if it hadn't been for the evolution - Virtual Assistants couldn't work in the way we do now if we couldn't access most things via the internet - and I think that applies to many small businesses.

I was speaking to a client recently who said that as well as having never met me, he'd never met his accountant either. It is normal now that we work with people who are 'remote' from us and this also means, as remote workers, many of us have the option to work from where-ever we want.

It has long been my dream to be able to do more travelling in my motor-home so my business has been set up so that as well as not being totally reliant on me, the work I do can be done from anywhere.  So to test the theory, I'm spending a couple of weeks over the summer having a working holiday.  I will be visiting business friends that live at the other end of the country, I will be attending some 4Networking meetings on my travels and I will be doing my day-to-day work, as well as some sight-seeing and R&R.

This is only possible because of the evolution we've seen in the video.  My entire office is now on one small laptop, my broadband connection is in a dongle and my phone is in my pocket.

Some times it's the 'good new days'!

I'd love to hear about what flexible working means to you and how the office evolution has changed the way you work.  If you feel you're still working in the 19th or 20th Centuries and would like to have a chat about new ways of working in your office, click here to arrange a call.

 

video courtesy of: bestreviews.com/best-computer-desks#history-of-the-computer-desk
photography by dougthomsen.tv / engineering by anton georgiev 

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Out of the frying pan …

As my husband races pigeons and my first job every morning is to go and give them breakfast (along with the chickens and cats), this story caught my eye when I saw it last week…

 

http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/03/a-pigeon-flew-through-a-mans-window-and-laid-an-egg-in-the-frying-pan-5228281/

 

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In my experience animals aren’t stupid and you may argue that the frying pan was a perfectly sensible place to line and lay an egg – a ready built nest shape.  However, on this occasion the pigeon may have got it wrong … maybe not the best plan for evolution but what an aim!

 

How's your aim this month? Are you on track to achieve the goals you set out for your business?

 

Remember, strategic planning is critical to business success. It allows you to develop a clearer understanding of your organisation and what is needed to succeed.  I’ve spent quite a lot of time over the last couple of weeks reviewing the direction of my business and how it’s going to help me achieve my goals.  I’m getting really clear on what I need to aim for and hopefully the results will be a bit more successful than the poor pigeon’s!

 

Make sure you have a destination, goals and a set of actions to reach these! 

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