Are you hiding in plain sight?

Ostriches are funny birds, aren’t they? Up to 9ft tall, with their crazy long necks and scraggly faces. Burying their heads in the sand to hide from predators…  Except they don’t. Bury their heads in the sand, that is. Because they’d asphyxiate if they did. How do these stories get started? A moment’s thought would [...]

Some time ago I had an email from one of my readers asking me a question. I answered him at the time, but thought you might find my response helpful, too. Here’s what he said: Hi Vicky – Thank you for your recent emails and I have just started reading your book, half way through [...]

This is not a rant about buses, honest

I toddled off to London the other morning to speak at my friend and mentor Peter’s event. And this is the depth of feeling I have for him: I got up at 4.30am to get a train, then had to get a fucking bus. I wouldn’t do that for just anyone. Maybe four other people (whom [...]

Ask and ye shall receive

Here’s a thought: how often do you ask for what you want? In life and in business? Not often enough, I’ll wager.  I don’t mean ask with an expectation to receive, as if you’re entitled to it; I mean ask for the business or the favour or the thing you want or need. We Brits [...]

Every day’s a school day, compadre!

I don’t know about you, but I think I’m addicted to learning new stuff. Just look at the world around us: there’s so much of it, and we know so little about it.  And absolutely everything is interesting when you start looking closely at it! It’s a trait I’ve noticed in a great many business [...]

Here’s why we had three tubes of toothpaste in our hotel room when we stayed in London. I think you’ll agree that’s more toothpaste than anyone needs for a weekend away.  Well, it happened because I’m so very British. Y’see, in our (beautiful) hotel room we didn’t have a shower; we had one of those giant [...]

Fancy stuffing a two-headed rat for fun?

We’re always on the lookout for interesting things to do, Joe and I. The other weekend we went to London… starting with a visit to my accountant.   Then in the evening I met up with a bunch of people from a mentoring group I’m in for a curry. The next night, though, we weren’t sure what to [...]

Magic socks that will make you move house

My mate lives in a rather nice little village in the Cotswolds, and the other day he posted something on the Book of Faces that made me chuckle.  It was a “WTF” post with a photo of a pair of socks… from an estate agent. Now, I’m a bit loathe to mock the estate agents [...]

You know it’s going to be one of those days when it takes you three goes to put your pants on. And you fall over. But I persevere: no going back to bed for me.  Anyway: I have a question for you. It’s one I’ve been thinking about for a while – and it’s a [...]

If you’re a commercial battery egg producer, you need to know how to sex chickens. You’re also a horrible human being, but that’s beside the point here.  Commercial egg producers must identify female chicks as soon as possible so they don’t waste food, money, and energy feeding unproductive male chicks. It’s horrible, but it makes [...]

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