Secrets of Success Blog

My Secrets of Success Blog is updated regularly with key issues and insights about running a modern day business. These blogs are relevant to businesses of any size and industry. The topics cover many of the things that I would have liked to know when first starting out in business. Happy reading…

Reducing Expenses

In the life of a Business there are times when you may want to reduce expenses. Perhaps you have an unexpected short term reduction in revenue, a new competitor putting…


Increasing Revenue

In the life of a Business there are times when you want to Increase Revenue – take advantage of the marketplace, to counter moves by the competition or to help…


Why your business must have a USP

A Unique Selling Proposition (USP) refers to the Unique Benefit that your product or service has, to enable it to stand out from the competition. The USP must be a…


Do local Geo/Politics affect your business?

Domestic politics can affect your business – with thanks to Audrey Young, Political Editor, NZ Herald, and other commentators, I note below some current issues facing the Labour led coalition…


What’s in store in 2019?

At the moment the media is full of information and opinion about what will happen around the world in 2019. The views cover a wide spectrum of issues that could…


The Mice Ate It

Last week we talked about developing a strategic plan which is a major step towards building a sustainable business. This week we’re looking at ways to put that strategy to…


Get Yourself A Plan

“If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail.” This little quote, often attributed to the likes of Churchill, Lincoln and probably even Graham Henry, perfectly sums up the reality…


Big Brother Is Helpful

If you’re running a business, there’s no point in being afraid of “The Man” – the Government already knows who you are and they’ve got all the info they need…


Data is Gold

In my last blog, I wrote about the need for quantifiable data to be able to measure various aspects of your business so you can manage it effectively. Today we’re…


Measure it, Manage it

Years ago when I lived in England I was advised to buy a house – something I’d never seriously contemplated. I wasn’t sure but out of interest I did the…


Procrastination

Don’t Read This Article… Ok, so you couldn’t help yourself. Chances are there’s something else you really should be doing right now and you’re reading this because it’s an easy…


Stay Focused

Remember the fate of the cruise ship Costa Concordia? It ended up capsized on rocks off the Italian coast just north of Rome. At his trial the captain was found…


Integrity is Important

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” Oprah Winfrey Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest…


Keep Persevering

No one ever said running or owning a business would be easy. Change goes on all the time. You need to adapt, adjust, learn and be able to read the…


Listen. Don’t Talk.

“When you are talking you are only repeating what you already know. But, if you listen, you may learn something new.” The Dalai Lama Listening can be harder than talking…


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