Mental Health & Entrepreneurship

I have anxiety and depression, I don’t ‘suffer with them’ as the description would normally go.  I have them in the way I have arms, legs, eyes and a mouth, they are a part of me, and something I’ve learned (admittedly the hard way) to live with.

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A Conversation with will.i.am

A Conversation with will.i.am Global Music Artist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist “Entrepreneurship is about taking risks, pushing boundaries, and not being afraid to fail,” Sir Richard Branson told me, adding that it’s “a combination of passion, vision, creativity and a sense of adventure,” that drives entrepreneurs to do what they do. Over the years, I have been fortunate to meet many of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world and one shared-characteristic of practically all of them…

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The Bridge Over the Pond

A Conversation Matthew W. Barzun Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Originally published in British Airways Business Life, September 2016 We often hear policy-makers talk of the ‘special-relationship’ between the United States of America and the United Kingdom, and often dismiss this as politician-speak yet the truth is the USA and UK have a deep, complex and successful partnership which has benefitted both sides…

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Dreaming Big

A Conversation with Entrepreneur & Philanthropist, Naveen Jain I remember when I was still at school, almost 20 years ago now, when I started my first business.  At the time, it started out as me- on my own- building websites and doing graphic design and making (frankly) a lot more money than most 15 year olds should be.  Even in those early days however, I had a dream to scale the business globally.  I had…

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Entrepreneurship from Software to Sports

Steve Ballmer served over 20 years at Microsoft.  During his tenure, the company pioneered personal computing and democratized enterprise computing, growing from a small start-up to a company that today employs more than 110,000 people, with a market capitalisation approaching $100 billion.  After retiring from this role in 2014, he purchased the Los Angeles Clippers NBA Basketball team, I caught up with Ballmer to discuss his transition from software to sports. “There are two kinds…

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Being Authentic Entrepreneurs

Authenticity is one of the most commonly uttered buzz-phrases at any management or leadership seminar, and while this ubiquity may banish it to the realms of ‘blue sky thinking’ (aka management-meeting-related-drivel), the truth is that authenticity is hugely important for entrepreneurs. A Philosophy Lesson In the classics, if we examine existentialist philosophy and aesthetics we see that authenticity is espoused as one of the highest virtues; it means your ‘work’ is faithful to your own…

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Serendipity in Entrepreneurship

When I’m mentoring or consulting with entrepreneurs, I’m always intrigued by what they’re reading… Why? It gives me a great indication of where they’re getting their inspiration from; and I’ve noticed a real change in the past few years.. The Cult of the Business Book! A passing examination of the contemporary entrepreneurs reading list is sort of like playing a very detailed game of buzz-word-bingo. Alongside the ‘staple’ content of Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, et….

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How To Become a Billionaire

For many entrepreneurs, the billion dollar valuation or exit, is the non-negotiable target they set for themselves. As of 2015, there are just over 1,800 (known) dollar billionaires in the world, with a combined wealth of over $7 trillion-which is growing fast (the same list had a combined wealth of ‘just’ $3.6 trillion five years ago). Mitch Cohen (Vice Chairman of PwC) along with his colleague John Sviokla conducted the first-ever study on self-made billionaires,…

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Storytelling

How Creativity, Animation and Stories define us. In these exclusive interviews we speak to Ed Catmull (Co-Founder of Pixar Animation, and President of Walt Disney Animation Studios), Nick Park (Oscar Winning Writer, Director and Animator with Aardman Animation) and Jonathan Gottschall (A world expert in storytelling and Distinguished Research Fellow in the English Department at Washington & Jefferson College). We discuss the fundamental role of storytelling in human existence, and learn the secrets of creativity, animation and great stories.

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Genius

Scientists, scholars and academics have yet to define genius, yet the concept is rightly applied to those exceptional individuals who, through their art, their science or their enterprise, create unique changes in our thinking, or our broader-world. Genius carries a certain mystical quality, distancing it from even that which we call exceptional. Those to who the term is applied are often seen as outliers, perhaps even crazy- but their minds have created the structures, technologies,…

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