by Rob Kerr

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Not so long ago, if you were made redundant your response was to look for a similar job. If you were feeling adventurous you might look for a comparable role in a different industry or sector.

Today, though, many of those businesses are in the same position — reducing their staff numbers or desperately trying to accommodate the people they have. The competition for the small number of vacancies available is fierce. And the ongoing economic uncertainty means this situation may not improve for many months.

So how about starting your own business instead?

If you’ve been…

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What does writing look like? Monty Python famously imagined it as a spectator sport, ‘local boy’ Thomas Hardy making a start on The Return of the Native in front of ‘a very good-natured Bank Holiday crowd… he is writing fluently, easily, with flowing strokes of the pen as he comes up to the middle of this first sentence…’

Today we probably think more of someone banging furiously on a keyboard, a cup of coffee cooling, forgotten, by their side. ‘Just over 3,000 words today,’ they might announce, smugly, as they get up and stretch their cramped limbs.

That’s writing.


by Marianne Page

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How you show up as a leader then depends on how you answer this question: ‘Is management power or is it responsibility?’

I watched a lovely conversation the other day between Captain Tom Moore, and the former England football captain, David Beckham. Naturally they talked mostly about the phenomenal fundraising exploits sparked by the promise of a £1 donation to the NHS if Tom walked a length of his garden. £40 million later… !

What really grabbed my attention was when the conversation turned to leadership, and Captain Tom shared his thoughts on captaincy and what it…

This article documents the entire process of writing my first business book, The HERO Transformation Playbook, along with all of the hard lessons, pain, frustration and creativity, I’ve had along the way. And now I want to share them with you and offer a guide to help you write your business book more effectively and efficiently than I did!

In this article, I cover:

  1. Understand your motives for writing a book
  2. Decide on your book content
  3. Pick a book style
  4. Choose your publishing mechanism
  5. Assemble your writing dream team
  6. Choosing your audience
  7. Understand the book writing process
  8. Launch your book

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A guest post from Andy Salkeld, author of Life is a Four-Letter Word (out 14 May).

Medium really is a defining word of my life right now.

It’s not good. It’s not bad. It’s just in the middle.

I have a feeling many people will be feeling like this a lot of the time right now. We’re living in completely unprecedented and uncertain times. None of us know how this will all play out and from time to time that uncertainty can all get a little too much.

Six years ago, I was diagnosed with depression.

Four years ago, I…

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I was chatting with Jude Jennison, author of Leading Through Uncertainty: Emotional Resilience and Human Connection in a Performance-driven World, at a virtual campfire recently following my virtual writing retreat, when she casually mentioned: ‘You know, having the book saved my business these last few weeks.’

Of course I asked her to explain, and she kindly agreed to this interview…

You have a business that’s fundamentally experiential, working with teams with your horses to help them embody leadership: how have you been able to adapt that model in the current crisis?

Firstly, there can be no substitute for the emotional…

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When it comes to work-life balance, the current pandemic has created a situation for many people that is the stuff of nightmares. If spinning the plates was challenging while kids were at school and parents could be relied on to occasionally pick up the slack, it’s become nigh on impossible under lockdown. Under these extreme circumstances it is understandable that women in particular are questioning whether ‘having it all’ is worth it. …

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Little did I know when I wrote my book, Stresshacking: 50 simple strategies to get your life, your mind, and your mojo back, that it would prove so timely. I’d written it with the aim of providing simple doable tips and tools to help busy people to manage stress and mindset. Now, more than ever, it has become more evident to many just how important managing stress and mindset is. How we manage our internal state and look after our wellbeing determines how we navigate the challenges we face.

I hope that my book will help people to navigate both…

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We may be short of loo roll and plain flour, but one thing we HAVE got here in the Extraordinary Business Book Club is a stockpile of brilliant business book recommendations. And stockpiling is selfish, as everyone knows, so we’ve decided to share them around.

Every week I’ll share three recommendations for extraordinary business books tailored to the extraordinary times we find ourselves in. This week in the Extraordinary Business Book Cub podcast the theme of the Best Bits episode was resilience, so that’s where we’re starting. …

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