Post Tagged with: "Small Business"

How to embrace your ability and find your happy place in a team

What could a blog about Tutankhamun have to do with team dynamics?  Well, I’m looking back on a post I originally published back in 2017 with a slightly different view of how we should all embrace our abilities and find our happy place in a team… The Man Who Shot Tutankhamun; what a great title for a doc...

Can an Agatha Christie adventure actually improve your skill set?

I published the first version of this blog back in 2016 as an homage to the Queen of Crime.   Now, I’m revisiting it with a 2021 eye by asking a slightly different question; can our team building activities actually improve your skill set?  More to the point, what’s that got to do with Agatha Christie? ...

8 reasons why running a small business is like having a baby

Back in April 2017 I was embarking on a new business start up, struggling with the trials of parenting, school holidays and child care, to name a few.  After a particularly stressful Easter holidays where I emerged feeling a bit broken but rather smug at having not only managed it, but managing it successfully, I wr...

5 surprisingly useful skills I think I’ve learned during the world of lockdown

As we’re finally emerging out of lockdown as we know it and look optimistically towards ‘normality’ it’s interesting to look back over the past 15 months.  Most of us have spent it flailing around trying to get to grips with the madness going on around us, some have actively set out to learn new skills, an...

Virtual or Live team building – which is the best choice for my team?

Virtual team building activities were the way forward in 2020. Thousands of us converted our live events to virtual so that we could still fulfill the ongoing need for team development, even though we couldn’t be there in person. But as we’re now (rather terrifyingly!) nearly halfway through 2021 and we can see a g...

When making assumptions can be a good thing

Hands up who’s heard the saying; “when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me both”.  My first memory of hearing it was from the mouth of Agent Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs.   I’ve therefore always thought of making assumptions having a negative connotation (and of course in the cas...

Why SMEs should continue the Christmas cheer into 2019

Blue Monday? Whether or not you believe in the formula behind the phenomenon of Blue Monday (a term apparently devised by a Dr Cliff Arnall, describing the most miserable day of the year), it’s clear to everyone that January is a bit of a depressing month, not least when we return to work after a potentially long bre...

Work, Rest, and Plays

Although I’ve been running Charaderie since 2004, it was only in May of 2016 that I took the plunge and gave up all other (safe, regularly paid) work to concentrate on fully developing and growing the business. Previously, I’d worked at Wedding Presents Direct (now The Wedding Present Co) for 10 years, and received...

A Murder to Die For

Did you get a set of pants for Christmas that you didn’t really want?  Not me! It’s no surprise that as we get older, we become increasingly difficult to buy presents for, and a great number of my friends and family are now buying an experience for their loved ones, rather than wasting money on some unwanted under...

Winner Winner!

Winning is very exciting (especially if, like me, you’re not hugely competitive and therefore it doesn’t happen very often).  It might be a game of Cluedo or the Egg & Spoon race at the school sports day, where your reward is simply the thrill of taking part and the simple pleasure of coming first with no thou...