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Planning For Profit

22 November 2020

It has been a busy time at Maun Towers and so I’ve allowed myself to not-blog for a while. I love my blog and yet there are times when it’s good to pause and allow life to flow and take some of the pressure off.

I hope you can do the same …not all tasks have to be completed all the time! We can all allow some things to ride for a while.

I consider this to be part of effective planning. Knowing what to do and what not to do is essential, if we are to keep the ‘vital few’ in sight not get swamped by the ‘trivial many.’

(Think Pareto analysis here, where 80% of the value is in 20% of the tasks).

If we don’t plan we get into a muddle. And if we get into a muddle our profits can sink.

And yet I’m always surprised by businesses that don’t plan effectively. I am always updating and refining my to-do list and without it I’d be lost.

We also need to be honest about our capacity and not over-plan. It’s too tempting to squeeze in another little job here and a few more emails there, without considering the impact on our already tight schedule of work.

Being optimistic is great and if we become blinded to reality then we are setting ourselves up for failure.

Which is why I’ve had a little blog pause. I know my capacity and when I’ve reached it I have to make some hard choices.

I’m not saying I always get it right, that would just sound smug and I’m human and fallible, as we all are.

However, I am aware that good planning is at the heart of all business success.

So, this week, whether you’re working at home or running a team in person, take a fresh look at how you plan:

1. Is your to-do list honest and has key tasks clearly marked?

2. Does everyone in your team have a to-do list that you agree with?

3. Is time being eaten by too many meetings, peppered throughout the day?

4. Did your team complete all their tasks last week? And if not, what needs to change so they’re back on track?

We can plan for profit and we can all be mindful that we are only human and have our limits.

Happy planning!

Keep well!

Business Life Online is Go!

15 October 2020

Hello there from podcast land! It’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.

After nearly 10 years of live radio me, Richard Maun and me, Anna Stevenson, have moved our show to a podcast format.

(Actually that intro sounds better on the podcast, such are the limitations of the written word).

Each week we interview an amazing business guest, share top tips and have fun. We love radio and always will, however, with the podcast you can listen at your leisure. We’re very excited!!

Is where you will find the shows to date

…new ones are added each week too and if you’d like to be on the show and let us celebrate your business then please get in touch with me.

Okay, no more selling. I do love podcasting and I’m wondering what new opportunities you need to create for yourself?

We decided to make our podcast as professional as possible, with our own intro track, editing and sound design. We have invested in professional pics and artwork too.

The whole project has been a steep learning curve from pop shields to PR planning, but I have loved it.

You may have heard the phrase:

‘If life hands you lemons, make lemonade.’

My take on this is:

‘If you don’t want lemonade then go and get some oranges.’

We all have the power to do new things in new ways and we can all follow our heart and do things we love.

Where is your heart taking you in business?

Enjoy Business Life Online!

Hope you love it as much as I do!

Keep well.


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Riding the Rocket

How to manage your Modern Career

Published 2013 Marshall Cavendish



Bouncing Back

How to get going again after a career setback

Published 2012 Marshall Cavendish



How to Keep Your Job

Brilliant ways to increase performance, stay employed and keep the money rolling in

Published 2011 Marshall Cavendish



Job Hunting 3.0

Secrets and skills to sell yourself effectively in the Modern Age

Published 2010 Marshall Cavendish



Leave the Bastards Behind

An insider's guide to working for yourself

Published 2007 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish



My Boss is a Bastard

Surviving turmoil at work

Published 2006 Cyan Books and Marshall Cavendish


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