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I’m in the business of people!

My business is created purely to help people to succeed.  I say to my team ‘To be good, you have to want success for others.  It’s all about helping others.’

To be a good leader, you must invest in your team by spending time with them, and be willing to do what it takes to help them go the extra mile. I like to spend my time coaching and creating better businesses, helping others to be a success.

If you’d love to run your own business but feel a bit unsure, I can help you.  Even if you’re confident about running a business then it’s always better to have some support, a person to inspire and motivate you.  I’ve been coaching people to succeed for over 15 years, and I’ve been in business myself for over 25 years! Oh! Wow! How time flies!

If you don’t know what business to start then I can help you.  We can look at your skills and talents, likes and dislikes, digging deep to discover your true ambition and potential.

If you just want to get a business and earn some money as soon as possible then I have a business in a box! This makes starting up your own business so easy! Everything is done for you – the products, the brochures, the website, back office support, and a ready made team.  You can build your business straight away, with no restrictions on earnings, it’s entirely up to you.

The start up fees are so small, it’s like doing your weekly shop or going for a meal – instead you’ll have a lifelong business all set up and ready to go with everything you need to start in business. There’s no costly franchise fees, no boss to hassle you, and you choose your own hours of work. You can build this business to be able to work from anywhere, and the success and rewards are all yours! All the training is provided and you get support from me and our team of proven business experts.

You don’t only get paid when you work. Our model creates a residual income.  You can take time off –  take a holiday! Spend time with your children. And you still get paid – No questions asked! How many employers do that?

How much better and easier would life be, if you had all the ‘perks’, but no need for an employer?

If that wasn’t enough – There’s a car incentive plan. There’s an Annual bonus scheme. There are 5 star Holidays to be won! Yet remember –  you are your own boss. It really is the best of all worlds! Are you as excited as we are?

People from all walks of life can be successful; there is no stereotype for success, we can help you to achieve.  I’ve had the privilege of working with people such as a Medical Doctor; Law Student; Sports Student; Physio therapist; Human Resources Manager; Health Visitor; Estate Agent; Business Owner; and Management Consultant; as well as stay-at home–Mums and Dads, and child minders. There are so many varieties of professional backgrounds on our team.

What these entrepreneurs have all got in common is the desire to be free from their ‘lives of desperation’, away from the 9 to 5 of employment, they wanted to build their own business and they are willing to try something new.

Do you think we should talk? Call me or whatsapp 07951384928  or Email me at philippa@true-ambition.co.uk  find out more here https://trueambition.foreverlivingsite.com

 

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21 BusinessMum Rules that I wish I didn’t (frequently) break!

POSITIVE

  1. Remember to leave your office occasionally to acknowledge/feed/wash/cook/care/referee the family, regardless of your pressing deadlines.
  2. Always be in control, despite the world being full of idiots.
  3. Winning Mother of the Year Award is not that important when a major career deadline is looming.
  4. Always be confident, even if you fell asleep during the preparation and planning stage of your presentation.
  5. Listen to your loved ones, even when they frequently talk crap.
  6. Be considerate of others, although they often don’t deserve it.
  7. Be calm, despite your rising stress levels and the idiot that refuses to stop talking.
  8. Remember the customer is always right! Do not argue too venomously.
  9. Income should always exceed expenditure, even when shopping online.
  10. Don’t get angry with the kids when a customer has wound you up.
  11. Don’t get angry with a customer when the kids have wound you up.
  12. Don’t get angry with your partner when you’ve been disturbed with a cup of tea.
  13. Always remain polite to customers, despite the expletives about to fall off the edge of your sharp, and weary tongue.
  14. Working more hours than sleeping is not allowed, every week.
  15. Your time is precious, stick to the plan!
  16. Keep freebies to a minimum, although they are interesting, good for moral, and building customer relationships, they do not pay the bills.
  17. Remember to take regular breaks, eating and drinking is particularly useful.
  18. Staring out of the window is not productive, remain focused at all times.
  19. Always turn up to meetings looking and sounding professional, regardless of your work deadlines looming, and your inability to arrange for someone to collect the kids from school.
  20. Always check the route before you set off to your meeting, ‘lost’ doesn’t earn a penny.
  21. Remember to return home from a stressful, busy day, with a smile on your face, ready to undertake parenting/cooking/preparation/cleaning tasks with the enthusiasm and excitement of a contestant on Mother of the Year!

My 5 top digital tools

My 5 top digital tools I use for (UK) business are;

1. Contracts Finder http://www.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk- For organisations that are ready to contract with local and central governments to build their income generation, Contracts Finder is a good way to find opportunities, to see what the government is buying and to set alerts to keep you updated on government buying.

2. Yortender http://www.yortender.co.uk – the Yorkshire and Humber procurement sites for local authority opportunities, you can set up your organisations profile, search for local opportunities and set up alerts to make sure you have up to date information on new contracts.

There are a variety of procurement sites for your area. Find them by googling ‘ (your local authority) e-procurement’.

3. Funding Central http://www.fundingcentral.org.uk/ – is a useful site for finding funds and updates on new contracts. It’s not always as comprehensive as it could be, but it is improving and definitely a good starting point for your funding searches.

4. Dropbox.com – this is a great storage and file sharing option, useful either as an individual or as a team. I use it everyday for file storage, and when I’m working on specific projects I can file share with the teams to make sure everyone who needs the information has access to it. You can start with a free storage option which is ideal for cash strapped third sector organisations.

5. Google Drive http://drive.google.com – another file sharing option that is really useful, particularly when you have a team putting information together for a project or a bid. You can create and share presentations, drawings and forms which has proved a great addition for working with remote teams.

Also Pinterest, Snapchat and Instagram are the best ways of keeping in touch with friends, family and having a creativity fix!

What horses have taught me about being a good leader!

I’ve been horse mad since a very early age, and I was finally allowed riding lessons at 8 years old.   The first few sessions were a bit shaky, with a few nose dives as I fell off on a couple of occasions, but I was determined this was my sport. Although I was not allowed my own horse until I was 15, I made maximum use of everyone else’s, and was soon competing.

At the time I was totally unaware of the skills I was developing and it’s only now, 30+ years later that I appreciate what horses have taught me about being a good leader.  When I first started in a leadership role it never occurred to me that being around horses could impacted on my career.  More recently my new horse has reminded me about being a good leader.  Here are some examples;

Preparation and Planning:

There’s a lot of work involved in caring for horses, and this can be less or more according to the type of breed.  For example a slinky thoroughbred needs more care than a robust cob type due to their different genetics and origins of the breed.  I’ve benefitted from the company of cob’s, thoroughbred’s and anything in between, over the past 36 years.

Planning all the necessary requirements of a horse into my already hectic day is an absolute must.  My children and my business activities also have to take priority, which means everything has to be planned and organised to perfection.  My horse would not forgive me if I failed to make time for the gallops or arrived late with her tea, and my family are not too great when hungry either!

The planning process includes everyone who needs to be involved, whether I’m planning the business requirements, family activities or horse duties, those who play a part will be included in the planning. I make sure I am clear and concise in sharing my expectations and I always double check everyone is prepared and understands their part, no matter how small.

Understanding Personality:

In the equine world the difference between the personalities of mares, geldings and stallions is well documented, suggesting that geldings can be managed, mares will negotiate, and stallions rule the roost!  However the personality of the horse is actually not so stereotypical, for example some geldings refuse to accept the lower status, and mares often have days when negotiation is not on the agenda.

Training ex race horses and unbroken horses has helped me to understand that there is so much going on inside someone’s head that we do not know about.  With people, we expect to be told they are having a bad day (how many of us will admit that to the boss?), whereas horses will not vocalise their feelings, apart from a whinny when they’re happy to see you carrying breakfast. It’s up to us, as leaders, to feel the changes, learn empathy and to be observant, look out for the signs of what colleagues are feeling.

Understanding mood swings and how personality plays a big part in leading teams is vital to good leadership, with a good leader having the ability to read the atmosphere, pick up on body language and distract away from major issues.   Taking time to learn about personality and how different types of personalities interact with each other can make major improvements in productivity and reduce the fight for power (either in the board room or in the paddock!).

Build confidence to improve performance:

I’ve spent many hours repairing ex racehorses who have experienced hectic athletic careers, and suffer mentally as well as physically from their extreme workloads.  Working with a horse to build trust and confidence through a safe environment helps to reduce the damage and stress, providing a nurturing environment to make subtle changes and improve performance.

I set achievable targets and allow for mistakes to build confidence.  Allowing time for practice of new skills or new ways of working, within a non judgemental environment, will nurture and build confidence. The smallest change should be rewarded immediately, increasing the move towards improved performance.    Good leaders use rewards effectively and genuinely, encouraging small steps of change to improve performance.

My latest horse love project has almost reached a year with me, straight from the race  track to my caring, empathic family, where she has repaired, grown in confidence, and learnt a whole new world of work and fun.

I have been lucky to work with some fantastic teams, both in the equine world and in business. I’ve watched them out grow their confidence issues and go on to achieve great careers. I’ve come a long way from those days of my first few riding lessons, and although falling off is still part of the action, my leadership skills are on top form.

I aim to be learning from horses for a long time into the future.

How I saved £114,748 in 52 minutes, and still made money!

I am an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and the importance of using exercise and hobbies as a way of zoning out of stressful business issues and recharging your body and brain. Nevertheless, often zoning out means you can focus on solutions, and I thought it would be good to show you how I saved £114,748 in 52 minutes.

It was an extremely windy day one spring morning and I was trying to find an excuse to avoid my 10k run. Luckily, my run was temporarily halted while I eagerly answered a phone call from a colleague, which set my mind racing.

The challenge set during that phone call was to save the organisation some money, or it would close. Creating 25 job losses, and a whole range of services lost to people in need. I had to achieve this challenge, but how?

Thinking time was required, and as much as I try to find excuses for avoiding my run, I am a runner, and I knew it was time to run, time to think.

After achieving an Ok time of 52 minutes on my 10k run, I had the answers.
These were my suggestions (the calculations were completed later);

1. Cancel all subscriptions to magazines – with ipad and Kindles people can now read a whole host of magazines online, many e-zines and some journals are free. Make the most of them.

Saving £210 per annum.

2. Review and change phone contracts – 22 of the mobile phone contracts had not been reviewed for 4 years and they were paying outdated prices.

Saving £223 per annum.

3. Assess job roles, outsourcing and ask about voluntary redundancy – although this is always a last resort because no CEO wants to worry their staff and focus attention away from the business, the relationships between CEO, his PA and the staff were excellent which meant they were able to identify who wanted to work part time, who had additional skills and who was ready for redundancy.

Saving £27,212 per annum.

4. Send everyone home! Yes! Homeworking is now possible if it suits the work you do. In this case all staff were outreach with the exception of the CEO and his PA, yet the company was paying for 3 offices! The CEO starting working from home 3 days a week and shared an office his office with another organisation for 2 days a week, where the PA was based.

Saving £87,103 per annum, and 22.5 jobs, also gaining an income from the tenant and creating partnership opportunities with further income potential.

At the time it was difficult to know how the suggestions would be taken, and I did have some further ideas but they were not taken on board for this organisation. Not every idea works for every organisation and it takes discussion and negotiation to get it right.

My area of business is to help organisations develop and grow by sourcing income and establishing an effective long term strategy, which usually includes becoming more efficient.

Although I had every intention of avoiding my run on that cold windy day, I was brave enough to use the business issues as an excuse to zone out of the weather and focus, with the added bonus of reducing my 10k time by 2 minutes.

Thankfully my thinking is faster than my running!