MonthNovember 2016

Nobody’s Listening

This week a good friend of mine, Oli Monks, released a post on Medium.

My post for this week will simply be to share his – it is so important for people to read and understand that I had to share.

I am 100% guilty of being that guy that always messages saying how great everything must be going – yet I’d love for someone, one day, to reply “It’s going horribly!”

Be brave and speak out to those you trust when it just isn’t working out.


Make It Happen Week

This Monday – November 14th – is the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, this year branded as Make It Happen Week in Lancaster.

After seeing myself in a promo video for this year (I had completely forgotten that I’d filmed this!) I felt I had to make a case to urge anyone in Lancaster with an interest in enterprise to get as involved as possible! I’ve been involved as a newbie to enterprise and once again as an event organiser and promoter, both times it has created some of the best experiences. There’s nothing quite like sitting in a room of ambitious, smart people bouncing ideas and thoughts off each other, with the adrenaline rush of reaching the end line for that event.

Whether you just want a taste of enterprise or you’re looking for a business partner, this week offers it all – lots of credit needs to go to the Enterprise Centre for once again putting on a great schedule of events. See them here.

I’ll end with the 2016 promo video…. a real flash back to Startup Weekend 2015 – do not miss 2016!

How to know if you’re improving

Self-awareness is probably the answer many would give to this question. You need to be aware of where you were, what you’ve done and where you are now. If you see progress in yourself, then you’ve improved.

I strongly agreed with this statement – and I probably do. But it’s only recently that I’ve realised how hard this is!! There are two situations that I’m realising this in.


This is normally pretty easy to monitor improvement in, play tournaments and see if you are getting better results, beating people that you’ve previously lost to. But what happens when you stop playing tournaments and when you start again there’s a whole new group of people to play against, and thus no bench mark. That’s the situation I’m finding myself in. Playing new people, winning some, losing others – but struggling to know if I’m a better player now than I was a year ago, it’s not like I can remember exactly how I played back then.

Business Knowledge

I’m learning a huge amount whilst on placement and being exposed to new things all the time. It’s a wealth of knowledge that’s bound to improve my understanding of business and general decision making in the field. But how can I measure this?

I’m very confident that I know more than I did before starting my placement, but I wonder if other areas of ‘thinking’ or ‘decision making’ that aren’t as prominent during my placement will decline, again I pose the question, how can I measure this?


I think the best solution must be to make yourself vulnerable and accountable to others that will see you grow and develop. They will notice changes and improvements, and if your conversation is open and honest then they will be able to tell you.

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