What do you have to do to be the best?

November 2, 2022

When we set out on the project to set a world record for rowing the Atlantic we knew we would need to be the best to do it.  We knew what the best was.  The previous world record for a 5-man crew on the route we were following was set by the Nauti Buoys at … Read more

Everyone is in the team

October 26, 2022

When you create a high performance car every tiny screw and nut is there for a purpose, when one goes missing the car may continue to function for a while, but eventually something is going to go wrong.  In the same way, it doesn’t matter how senior or junior a team member’s position may be, … Read more

Walk the talk

September 13, 2022

This term is often heard in relation to leaders, but it goes far beyond a leader who stands behind their ideals.  A company has a brand and identity and everything they do and say at every level influences what the outside world thinks of the company. That includes individual team members. When the Ocean 5 … Read more

What do you call fun?

August 25, 2022

Work should be fun.  But my idea of fun might not be the same as yours. I love my work and split my time between several companies.  If I’m not visiting them, I’m working at home in my office – often until late into the evening.  I keep intending to slow down, but I enjoy … Read more

It’s all about the customer

July 5, 2022

Building a world class organisation is exciting.  The leader’s role is to generate that excitement and inspire the team to share the journey to an extraordinary future. That’s a key ability for a leader – to share a vision and inspire the team to action.  When people understand the what and the why of success, … Read more

10 words that changed our world

June 15, 2022

If you’ve been following my adventures, you’ll know that back in 2020/21 I was part of a 5-man team of rowers that tackled the daunting task of rowing – unsupported – across the Atlantic. We spent three years preparing for this adventure, because we knew that, to succeed, we needed to know what we were … Read more

You don’t have to be a genius to be a leader of genius!

September 9, 2021

I have been leading companies for 25 years – my earliest challenges were to rebuild a broken Porsche brand and then to inspire the team at BMW GB to achieve a 500% improvement in profit while transforming the service levels of an industry. Since then I have founded start-ups, driven turnarounds and built companies in … Read more