Should “Thought Leaders” Be Banned?

Should “Thought Leaders” Be Banned?

Have you bumped into the phrase thought leader recently? In the last few years this phrase, initially used to describe someone who was a stand-out authority and in-demand leader in a field, has appeared throughout entrepreneurial events and material. As often happens this has become vastly overused and its meaning diluted. To the point where […]

A portfolio of businesses or a portfolio business?

A portfolio of businesses or a portfolio business?

There is enormous upheaval ahead. All of us are at risk. There are also exciting possibilities for those who can ride the wave of change carefully. Automation, ageing and the changing shape of globalisation and de-globalisation will lead to significant shifts in the coming years. At a recent event, I was intrigued by a conversation […]

Are your readers in Waterstones?

Are your readers in Waterstones?

Next time you are outside a bookshop take a wander in. Enjoy the atmosphere, soak up that wonderful, new book aroma and then mosey over to the business section. Look at the size of the bookshop, then look at the size of the business section, then look at the shelf space dedicated to your particular […]

Breaking the rules of publishing

Breaking the rules of publishing

“You can’t sell a paperback book for £50!” Our business has broken the rules of traditional publishing since we started back in 2009. The pre-internet model relied on tying up your capital in pallets of books sitting in warehouses. The pre-internet model priced paperback books low and created hardbacks at a premium, with the hardbacks […]