Goldman Sachs Growth Event – 10,000

06/07/2011

I spoke at the MMU/Goldman Sachs event last night and covered what I believe to be the 10 Rules for Growth, here they are:

1.Future Focused – know what you want, business and personally

2.Leadership – continuously learn or the business will leave you behind

3.Build a Great Team – you need thinkers, doers, controllers and sellers

4.A Differentiated Proposition – be clear on what makes you stand out from the crowd

5.Innovation & Creativity – curiosity for exploring new ways of doing things

6.Live in the Customers World – know what they need before they do 

7.Disciplined Systems & Processes – don’t let the wheels come off stay close to KPI’S

8.Life is a Pitch – focus on selling, the lifeblood of entrepreneurship 

9.Having the Right Mindset – its down to you BYC (Believe You Can)

10.Find a Mentor – we all need help, find a companion to support through challenging times

A brilliant initiative, I hope our High Growth Foundation clients take advantage of it.


High Growth Foundation – ambition into revenue

23/06/2011

I am delighted by the feedback from our High Growth Foundation forays. There is so much energy, ambition and desire from many entrepreneurs to build bigger and better businesses, even in the face of the current economic challenges. With such deeply rooted personal intentions I hope the HGF will trigger the necessary game plans to move dreams into revenue reality. My vision for the High Growth Foundation is to provide a vehicle to support ambitious individuals on their growth journey. Many of us are motivated by the stories and experiences of others, they help to rewire old thinking and give way to new possibilities, ones we may have thought were out of our grasp. Facilitating conversations between likeminded individuals will deliver a breeding ground for the next generation of global and companies of scale. The HGF will be the catalyst for experience sharing and learning new ways of solving the challenges that come with growth. Any movement or community of significance started with individuals who had a common goal – Manchester music scene, Impressionists in Paris, Motown in Detroit..

I am keen for members to get involved by sharing their stories and experiences, I am also encouraging participants to gain insight and seek advice from other members who may have experienced similar problems.  With over 60 members so far I am really chuffed that this new forum will start to address the gritty, granular and complex matters of growth – the text books often don’t get anywhere near the real issues, this is because people and their associated emotions often hinder growth and at a worst case hold it back.

The High Growth Foundation marks the dawn of a new beginning for busy (and lonely) people wanting business advice – guidance that is founded on experience and empathy with the journey. Equally it is my wish for members to be a voice for the growth community.  This will help to inform many of the policymakers on how difficult growing a business can be and indeed what support is needed at the coalface.

SME’s are the unsung hero’s of the economy and will drive new jobs over the coming years – they need all the support they can get – however, this must be quality. By collaborating with our friends, trusted partners, and individuals with the credibility to help gazelles, my crusade is to build energy and momentum in this valuable space of the UK economy.

Individuals who take risk deserve to enjoy the success that comes with the hard graft and dedication of setting up and running their own business. Please contact me if you want to join the crusade……..


The Power of Learning Networks

12/06/2011

Its been a great weekend. Yesterday I spoke at a Goldman Sachs event managed by MMU – the topic was “Delivering a Great Sales Strategy”. My input was part of Goldman’s initiative to support 10,000 growth wish entrepreneurs across the UK. The set up was fantastic and the twenty odd companies and their mentors who participated were there for a number of valuable reasons:

1. To grow

2. Create wealth

3. Generate jobs

4. Fulfil personal intentions

5. Make a difference

6. Learn about business best practice

7. Network with likeminded people

When you are part of such an energetic group of people it makes getting out of bed so much easier. Owner managers/entrepreneurs/ ambitious people should realise the value of being part of a network of like-minded people. Yesterday reaffirmed to me that when ambitious individuals get together to learn, exchange ideas and  share experiences the results can be transformational. It doesn’t feel so lonely after all!