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The 80/20 rule


How do you manage your time? I was reading an interesting article earlier this week about the 80/20 principle. Known as Pareto’s Principle, it means that, for many events, about 80% of effects come from 20% of causes. It’s become an often-used rule of thumb in business over the years, with business leaders looking at ways to apply the principle, such as the idea that 80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients....

Holidays Are Coming


Christmas has arrived at UKFast Campus! Arriving at the office this morning, it’s clear that the team are feeling festive – the whole office has had a transformation! The trees are up and there is tinsel everywhere. But what does Christmas mean in business? It can be a challenging time – especially on productivity! Whilst, of course, it’s important to celebrate the holidays and come together as a team, there is, of course, work to...

People First


I’m a big fan of TED talks and every so often come across a speaker that really inspires me. One such speaker is Jim Hemerling, who is a senior partner at a prestigious American management consulting firm. In a talk that was uploaded last month Jim explains how businesses can keep transforming in a sustainable way to keep up in an era of constant change. Jim has a fair point when he talks about the...

Giving Tuesday


In many ways, I judge my success by my ability to give back. Giving back to others is essential. It’s how we grow, it’s how we evolve. After the excesses of the biggest shopping weekend of the year, it can be easy to overlook those in need in the hubbub of Christmas shopping. That’s why this new initiative is so important. I read last week about Giving Tuesday, which is today. Giving Tuesday is a...

Monday Motivation


Where do you find inspiration? Sometimes it can be hard to find, especially on a cold Monday morning! Which is why this morning, I want to share something with you. Last week we held the latest Inspire MCR event. This series of events brings together leading entrepreneurs to share their stories, the secrets behind their success and the things that really make them tick. This event, however, was a little different. I have often talked...

Tipping Point


There is a tipping point in every aspect of business and life, so when does managing productivity become counter-productive? When is that tipping point and would you recognise it in time? Yesterday I read an article about productivity and micromanagement, and how some of the world’s most recognisable brands have, in my opinion, sailed past that tipping point long ago. The article describes “how managers came to rule the workplace.” Just this phrase to me...