There’s no other single thing that’s had as significant and negative an impact on my career as having children.
The fact that I am built like complete professional nonsense has made me the worst hire possible. It’s a miracle I’m employed at the moment.
Luck plays such a significant role in so many successes, yet it seems somehow disingenuous or deceitful, so we look for rational reasons instead.
The 9-5 mindset is so outdated. Measuring someone’s performance based on how many hours they’ve been in the office, will get you nowhere.
The sheer amount of blagging and bullshit in the digital marketing world has been pissing me off on a daily basis for nearly 20 years.
I was managing 9 staff and 250 rental cars with next to no experience, and I was shit at it. I was working ridiculous hours, running myself into the ground and hating life.
Immediately after my MBA at Manchester Business School, I joined a tech startup as an investor employee, investing £50k into the business.
Biggest fuck up? Over the last 15 years, there’s been plenty of moments that – at the time – looked like Mr Fuck Up had...
Someone along the line becomes afraid of making a statement; afraid of being too ‘out there’; afraid of upsetting their boss.
The most important thing for success is good judgment. But there are very few rules, or best practices, around improving your judgment.
Slow down, you're going to have a very long life, and you will work till you are at least 70. You don't have to work full pelt for nearly fifty years.
My biggest fuck up was growing up thinking that being older or being in senior management meant that you knew what you were talking about.
I was lucky to have a client who was both forgiving, and receptive. I learned from this experience to never ever badmouth or underestimate a client.
I dream of a world in which people doing creative work are able to suffer only their own internal pain and not be pushed through bureaucracy that causes them additional pain.
If you tell someone you run your own business, the next question they ask is, ‘How big is it?’. This creates a lot of social pressure to make the business as big as possible (regardless of whether that’s the right thing to do).
I would like to see more media owners taking a stronger stand on whom they’re affiliated with through their advertisers.
My biggest mistake would be not speaking up enough earlier on in my career. It’s taken a while and I wish I’d learnt to do it sooner with confidence and conviction.
I was literally getting calls from the Group FD who was now running the business, as my wife went into labour.
I remember his opening line, “what makes you think you can get away with that with me?” I had become the person I wanted to destroy.
We need to learn how to respond, rather than react to other people online.
I was summoned to London to see the sales director. I knew I hadn’t royally screwed up, but when you’re dealing with a hairdryer of a human, you never know.