"Everyone needs a coach" Bill Gates and Eric Schmid

Who are we to argue with the great Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt?
Everyone needs a coach – it helps to give you perspective and to help you see yourself as others see you.

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CEO Productivity – 6 Tips to Steal for Yourself

CEO Productivity – 6 Tips to Steal for Yourself

Lots of common sense suggestions here in this article by Nina Tamburello for The Daily Muse on 21/4/14 suggesting ideas for CEO Productivity Tips.

Juggling the leadership helm can stretch every resource when managing time, resources and multiple demands whilst keeping a clear head to make those important decisions and find time to work on the business instead of in the business.

CEO Productivity
CEO Productivity

1. Take breaks every 90 minutes

2. Make yourself uninterruptable sometimes

3. Manage your energy, not just your time

4. Don’t be a slave to email

5. Keep your emails short and sweet

6. Delegate, delegate, delegate

Check out the article here


The value of business coaching

The value of business coaching

The value of business coaching is brilliantly defined in this 40 second You Tube video from Eric Schmidt, formerly Google CEO.
He was asked “what is the best bit of advice he was ever given?”
And his response: “to get a coach”.
He goes on to say that every athlete, performer has a coach. Someone who can watch what you’re doing, ask if that’s what you really meant, and can give perspective.
The one thing people aren’t good at is seeing themselves as others see them.
Eric Schmidt on the value of coaching


Armstrong Beech Marketing Business Growth Coaching Funding for your Business

Grants and Funding for your business

Grants and Funding for your business in and around Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucester – UK

I’m working with Business West and Wiltshire Business Schemes with business owners who want to grow using grants and funding for your business. Like to know more? just give me a call or email me for my one pager on these schemes.
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Business West’s GrowthAccelerator

Designed to support ambitious business growth with established businesses on a part-funded basis. Plus a brilliant match-funded offer for leadership and management training.  I’m so enjoying working with my clients on this scheme, do contact me if you’d like to know more.

Business West’s Superfast Business

A fully funded support programme to help exploit digital technologies for your own specific Business needs, improving every day working practices and tasks as well as finding out whole new ways of doing things.  Designed to support rural businesses the programme excludes Bristol and Swindon, specialist advisors are available to visit your business, complete a review of your website and open your eyes to the latest digital technologies.  The Superfast Business  website has a huge amount of really good “How To” guides, Case Studies and Videos – from developing your website to deciding on a CRM.  Here’s a link to some fab seminars put on by Superfast Business and a further link for eligibility to attend.   

Business West’s Ready4Business for start ups

Currently free support and facilitated support for SWIG and Virgin  loan applications at 6%.    Full details here

Approved Growth Voucher Adviser

I’m also an approved Growth Voucher Adviser for “Marketing, attracting and keeping customers”
Advice in this area aims to help businesses develop effective marketing strategies, and to ensure that they provide the right product/service at the right price, in the right place, at the right time. The advice could be used for market research, targeting existing and potential customers, using social media to extend your reach into new markets , developing pricing strategies and closing sales.  Here’s the PDF about what’s covered here:
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The Criteria for applying for growth vouchers to help your business grow are :

  • ither registered with Companies House or HMRC if self-employed). ie NOT UK but England. 

Growth Voucher Website and Market Place Website

How the Growth Voucher Programme works


Wiltshire Business Support Service
Wiltshire Business Support Service

Currently there are no schemes left with funding available under the Wiltshire Business Support Service.    Probably no more available until April 2015.

Fredericks Foundation

Fredericks Foundation is a charity that helps people wishing to set up, or expand their own business as a means to achieve financial independence whilst rebuilding their  confidence and self esteem but are unable to access the finance required from conventional sources.  Check out their details here
This information is prepared in good faith and correct at the time of issue. But do please check exact current details of funding.  Thank you.


The value of business coaching from Google CEO Eric Schmidt

The value of business coaching from Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
All explained in 40 seconds. Click title link.
And visit the Quiver Management website with whom I work as an associate

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The VW Fun Theory

I love this theory…
  • The VW Fun Theory   This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.

Check out my favourite, the Piano Staircase (on the above link):  ”Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do? See the results here.

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20 ways to win in business

Former Olympic champion, politician and businessman Sebastian Coe shares the secrets of his success and provides his tips on leadership skills (from an article in the Daily Telegraph in 2009 – I wonder if he would add to this, now, after his experience of running the Olympics?)

I am often asked what motivates me to succeed, and how I apply the skills I learned as a runner to my roles in politics and business. The answers to the first question are a passion for the job in hand and a wish to be the best I can be; the answer to the second is that I apply them daily.

There are common traits to successful leaders in any field: imagination, tenacity, the ability to listen, intuition and intelligence. Equally important is the ability to focus and stay on track for as long as it takes, self-management, an element of charisma, a degree of talent and sheer personal courage.

Sports people at the top of their game tend, like entrepreneurs, to have something of a frontier mentality. They are bold and they are prepared to embrace new ideas. Those with a winning mentality are often more prepared to listen to criticism and do things in a new way. It can take courage to set yourself apart from the crowd. Choosing to do things differently can be mistaken for arrogance but, in reality, taking a new approach is often born simply of a compulsion to keep driving forwards.

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10 tips for high-growth businesses owners/managers

10 tips for high-growth business owners/managers

by Jan Bowen-Nielsen

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1. Work smarter, not harder

Prioritise your own efforts carefully. Whether you are starting up, or running a large business, your time is precious. It is natural to focus your attention on tasks you feel most comfortable with, that you are trained to do and enjoy.

But are these the activities that will make your business successful? Are you the right person to do these? In our experience, this is one of the most frequent areas we help business owners and managers tackle – getting their priorities right and being effective. And closely linked to this:

2. Stop being a hero

High growth businesses are often in constant crisis mode. Every day brings new challenges that need resolving (and always urgently), so business owners often spend most of their time responding to queries and trouble shooting.

It can become addictive and end up as the culture of your business: “We are really great at pulling together when the s**t hits the fan”. However this is not sustainable and will limit the growth of your business. So …