Ballooning over Cappadocia

Ballooning over Cappadocia at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons.

Ballooning over Cappadocia at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons.

Waking to the sound of  an alarm shouldn’t be part of any holiday. But this morning, the family is ballooning over Cappadocia.

It’s 4am. In 20 minutes, a minibus will pick us up from our cave hotel. In little over an hour, and before the sun has risen, we will be climbing towards Turkey’s rich and loyal blue skies. The air will be warm, clear and still. The views will be breathtaking. And then the sun will rise… [Read more...]

Making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road

Recent visits to the Far East as well as African continent have demonstrated that hitchhiking remains a popular means of transport.

But whilst dozens of people with outstretched thumbs lined my route from Uhmslanga to Durban, it was the mothers with babes on their backs, risking life and limb in the car-frenzied city of Jakarta, that really got my attention. I was to learn they were making a living on the road. [Read more...]

The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Asfaw Yemiru: The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Asfaw Yemiru: The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Delight can quickly turn to frustration when an excellent new recruit, who is just settling into the post, decides to accept a job offer elsewhere. But occasionally, you know they’ve made the right decision… [Read more...]

Does the US lead the entrepreneurial way?

USA Finger VictoryAs storms brewed over southern England this October I boarded a Virgin Airbus & headed to the US. My destination was Kansas City and the GCEC Conference.

Crossing the Atlantic I was keen to test out Mr Branson’s latest in-seat multi-media technology. The hours passed quickly as I laughed at The Internship and cried with the Guilt Trip. As alcohol and altitude fuelled the emotions I got into the US spirit… [Read more...]

Defending the bad name of business

Mann böse mit VisitenkarteA few months back I attended an entrepreneurship conference that attracted people from all sectors.

The organisers chose to kick things off with a ‘motivational speaker’ and the billing stated our man of purpose was a ‘leading entrepreneur and businessman’.

Now, in my experience these things can go one of two ways. I won’t mess you about. He had a shocker… [Read more...]

Poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats & poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats & poetry for entrepreneurs

John Keats, the famous 19th century poet, became part of the Italian family holiday during the summer. His life fascinated me and helped me to understand the power of poetry for entrepreneurs…

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Flavour of the Umph!

UmphTrophyBeing 25 years’ self-employed I feel I’ve developed a ‘nose’ for judging whether a business or project might work.

The personal journey over the last quarter century has had its mix of success and failure; critical experience informing the senses as to whether something new can progress sufficiently so it bears fruit in the longer-term… [Read more...]

The importance of uncertainty

The importance of uncertainty cannot be under-estimated when preparing people for work

The importance of uncertainty cannot be under-estimated when preparing people for work

Setting out for Loughborough University (to guest speak at their entrepreneur’s ‘ThinkBig’ awards) I was reminded of the insight and wisdom of Patrick Awuah. Earlier in June I had listened to him talk about the importance of uncertainty at the GBSN conference in Tunisia… [Read more...]