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You’re not “just tired”. There’s always something else.

You’re not “just tired”. There’s always something else.
You’re not “just tired”. There’s always something else.

Some days, or parts of days, you’re just not productive. You’re not targeting your goals or firing on all cylinders or crushing it. You’re not reading impactful books or watching helpful documentaries. You’re not going to the gym or cooking a healthy meal or having insightful conversations.  You’re just…tired.  Or are you?  Are you ever […]

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Marketing manager needed
Marketing manager needed

My company needs a marketing manager.  I’m hijacking my Karen’s notes this week to ask for your help. No matter how much we do in terms of recruitment, the best hires often come from someone knowing someone else.  We’re firm on what we want (and don’t want) at PF, we have a fairly intensive hiring […]

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What to do when you get one of those heart-racing emails
What to do when you get one of those heart-racing emails

You know when you get one of those emails or texts that gets your heart really racing?  Something has gone wrong or has been difficult with someone (from a friend to a client to a supplier or whoever), and you’ve been communicating with them for a little while. And at first you were okay, just […]

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Go for a walk: Let all the thoughts swirl around and get outside of your head
Go for a walk: Let all the thoughts swirl around and get outside of your head

Some mornings, I wake up with a lot of thoughts already swirling around in my head. It’s like I put them to the side when I went to bed, and the second I open my eyes (or before) they leap upon me again and fill my head before I even have time to grab coffee.  […]

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Island Rules: Not everything will go your way (and that’s okay)
Island Rules: Not everything will go your way (and that’s okay)

“I like this island, because it slows you down whether you want to or not. The island itself literally won’t allow you to rush.”  My brother in law said this as we were driving along the winding, rutted, curving roads of Mull. The sea was crashing on our right, the sun glowing through the clouds […]

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Be brave, be brave, be brave: If you’re not sure you can do it, do it.
Be brave, be brave, be brave: If you’re not sure you can do it, do it.

Still on holiday this week (now I’m on the Isle of Skye).  So instead of a full Note, here’s a sketchnote from an event I went to, which gave me a great deal to think about as a business owner.  The topic was “strategy”, which can sound really boring. It’s been used and overused until […]

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Vulnerability: showing up in weakness when you can’t control the outcome
Vulnerability: showing up in weakness when you can’t control the outcome

I’m on holiday on the Isle of Mull (my favourite island of them all).  So, instead of a Note this week, I’m going to suggest you watch the “Call to Courage” by Brene Brown, on Netflix.  I watched it last week – and I tried to watch it whilst doing other things. Ironing, sketchnoting, emails, […]

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I need both accountability AND deadlines to get stuff done (and relationship)
I need both accountability AND deadlines to get stuff done (and relationship)

I get stuff done on deadline. But only when the deadline involves other people. Deadlines work for me because I care about other people. Sometimes to the exclusion of myself, which i’m working on, but I really hate letting people down.  If I say I’ll send something Friday, it may be midnight, but I’ll get […]

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A story about great leggings, and how simply having a good product isn’t enough
A story about great leggings, and how simply having a good product isn’t enough

My new favourite leggings are from a company called Sweaty Betty.  I like what they make, but that isn’t all, and it’s not enough.  I like what they say in their marketing, and who they are, and the way they interact with me as a human (not simply a “buyer”). A few weeks ago they […]

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Accountants are creative too (no, not the illegal kind)
Accountants are creative too (no, not the illegal kind)

I’ve been thinking for a long time about the creativity of accountants (the good kind).  In the past, i would say most accountants wouldn’t consider themselves creative. That word is for artists, photographers, writers, graphic designers. People who do creative-y things.  But where does that impression come from? Why is it we think some people […]

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