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When looking to the future I am inspired by the way other places have developed and grown. We are though not a Cambridge, Edinburgh or London – we are what we want to be, different, not committed to one sector or another, a cluster of entrepreneurial vitality that will find its own path.
Firstly, it takes a lot of organising so I want to say thank you to Rob Wilson and his team at the OU who put this programme together for the benefit of OU students in the throws of business development. As well, to Santander Universities for their support in funding...
Every person who has experienced the pain of a failed idea, or even worse the pain of someone else’s success with their idea, has felt the world judge them as they have judged others. We need to recognise that we have a choice, to learn, to build on the foundations of an experience that is so uncomfortable that we simply can’t experience that again or, if not this, then we chose instead to lay down on the bed of contentment.
In the City the idea of daily practice was essential. The early-start – the daily coming together of people, focused on survival and a desire to get it right was a forum and place of practice and learning. We built our mental models here, learned from the experiences of others and contributed to each other’s progress. The ‘morning meeting’ was about learning. As we stood around desks, speaker boxes muted, coffees in our hands, we listened to the Asian traders over the internal intercoms recounting what the psychology of the markets were like, we discussed the forthcoming events of the day, news from the front line of what to be aware of, what to look out for, where to keep an eye on opportunity. We would also tap into early morning talk of strategies, trade ideas were proffered and implication mulled over. The meets lasted no more than 20 or 30 minutes, it teed us up for the day. These were idea-porous events, often humorous and essential in establishing the bonds of trust.
Our aim is to help unravel complexity and provide entrepreneurs with the thinking that will lift the lid on any limiting beliefs they may have so that they can start think beyond the boundaries that contain them.
I think the fable says a lot about an entrepreneur, we like the short cuts, the smart outcomes – the constant need to find the next life hack but sometimes the harder route is equally as beneficial.
I was on a call the other week with a cohort of start-up enthusiasts discussing the next stages of the New Venture Challenge (NVC) we are working on. This challenge is a piece of practice that entrepreneurs can use to help develop their thinking – how to be...
We do not look to learn in a place of security we take that self-belief and confidence and attach our hard fought for capital to it with a scant regard to loss and learning.
“We must undergo a hard winter training and not rush into things for which we haven’t prepared” – Epictetus, Dicourses, 1.2.32
At Relocon we want the entrepreneur to be well prepared – to be thinking about what might be or not be relevant to themselves and their business. We want them to consider practice not as some sort of weakness to be overcome but in the manifestation of strength of thinking.
There is a core of belief that runs through the veins of Relocon – entrepreneurship can and ought to do good. That is not that every organisation should pursue the Social Enterprise (SE) mark or register as a Community Interest Company (CIC) or any other mark under...
How much better then to build and empower our backyards – we may live in a global market place where a digital footprint knows no bounds, but we do not ‘live’ in a global world. We are humans who still need roots, we still need to draw succour from the land beneath our feet and we still have a duty to tend that land, fertilise it, and make sure that the next crop is healthier, stronger and more in love with a sense of place
At the heart of this call is a desire to establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem for my home region. A place where entrepreneurial education is accessed through communities of practice and peer support.
I don’t get things right, never have done and never will. Getting things right, being a person who simply sails through life without a notion of failure, what sort of person would that make me? I don’t think I would like to be around me if that was my life. What I do...
In helping people to scale their businesses we embed good leadership into their daily practice. We ask them to think what leadership involves, how can it be measured and what would make them see themselves as a good leader? Scaling is a challenge of...
All work comes with challenges if it didn’t it simply would not be work. Having spent the last six years involved with my local start-up community in one way or another I have never felt more strongly in the need for quality thinking when it comes to the...
What is a situation? Here and now is a situation, in fact every moment of every day is a situation that exists and as people we are, as Ison says “always in situations, never outside them” (Ison, 2017, P39). What is in our control is our ability to engage...
The route to major development is not a predefined pathway, for that has edges and contains you, no, the route to scaling is through the embracing of design thinking (Liedtka and Ogilvie, 2011) and the willingness to take ‘design turns’ (Ison, 2017) at...
Plenty of platitudes surround this concept. We are all students of change and we are all subject to it. What is different for each of us are the emotional dynamics that a change brings about. We all experience changes, my granddaughter changed schools...
Let’s imagine that we have been transported 20 years into the future. Someone is asking me to write a short autobiographical account of my entrepreneurial career, the journey I have taken. As the founder of Relocon the account is based on my own real...
Stuck behind the computer screen, unable to move from the room and confined to build virtual relationships – the lot of the stressed out overworked business owner is not a happy one. How in this environment do we expect new opportunity and fresh thinking...
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