Writing on the web since 2003

Monthnotes – August 2023

Col de Joux Plane, French Alps, August 2023

This month was very much a holiday month and a welcome break from work. When I left TPXimpact last December I wanted to take a … Read More

Monthnotes – July 2023

Borrowdale valley from Seathwaite

July’s felt like a bit of a one-off month, lacking the usual cadence of working life. Finishing up with a couple of fractional COO engagements … Read More

Monthnotes – June 2023

4hr live DJ set - June 2023

June was very much a business as usual month after the disruption of my health scare and surgery last month. I was properly back at … Read More

Monthnotes – May 2023

Wedding photo, 31st May 2003

Today – 31st May 2023 – is our 20th wedding anniversary. I can’t really believe that Jo and I have been married 20 years. It’s … Read More

Monthnotes – April 2023

Spring sunset at Whitstable, Kent - April 2023

Looking back at this month and trying to work out what went on, two interesting inflexion points stood out for me. Since January I’ve been … Read More

Monthnotes – March 2023

Lamb in field

Looking back at the time since my last monthnotes, it feels like it’s been a pretty work-centric month as the season turns and spring is … Read More

Founder to CEO?

Photo by Håkon Grimstad / Unsplash

Growing a business means getting comfortable with transitions everywhere, all at once. The notion of a steady state is a mirage. Something is always changing … Read More

Escape from firefighting

Fire extinguisher

Firefighting. Fire drills. Chaos. Pulled from pillar to post. Overwhelmed. I hear those words a lot in my conversations with founder CEOs in growth businesses. … Read More

Feeling the mountain


Recently I was talking with Lesley – a ski instructor – about her work helping people improve their skiing. She talked about the importance of … Read More