Making the most of lockdown networking

I started Mountain Top Perspectives in April 2020 – just at the start of lockdown. Hence, I’ve had to embrace virtual networking whether I liked it or not. Previously, my experience of face-to-face networking events had been hit and miss. I’m a shy extrovert and entering a room full of people I don’t know hasContinue reading “Making the most of lockdown networking”

New Year resolutions – do they work for you?

Like Marmite, people either love or hate New Year resolutions. I’m more in the latter category. Yet having goals to aim for and a strategy for getting there is extremely powerful. One of the reasons resolutions often fail is that we tend to focus on what we think we ‘ought’ to be doing rather thanContinue reading “New Year resolutions – do they work for you?”

Lockdown heroes – Thrive Law

Have you ever got anything from a solicitor for free? Legal firms don’t have the greatest of reputations for keeping fees down which often means that just when you need advice, for example, when you’re in danger of becoming redundant, you can’t afford to get it. So, I was intrigued when I found out aboutContinue reading “Lockdown heroes – Thrive Law”

Getting ready for Christmas

Tomorrow, millions of children (and adults) will be gleefully looking forward to opening the first window of their Advent calendars and enjoying the chocolate treat that awaits. Maybe you have a more extravagant calendar with candles, cheese, beer, skincare products or even jewelry awaiting you. Over recent years, the Advent calendar itself has become aContinue reading “Getting ready for Christmas”

Surviving lockdown (2) – when the community steps in.

How a local community supported a business during lockdown. My last blog about business Lockdown Heroes was about how a local delicatessen and cafe changed its business model during lockdown to support the local community. As we prepare for a second lockdown in the UK, it seems right to revisit Lockdown Heroes. This blog celebratesContinue reading “Surviving lockdown (2) – when the community steps in.”

The Strategy Ladder – how to write good objectives and strategies

You’ve been asked to write a plan or a proposal about an exciting new project. You know what needs to be done, but you find yourself struggling with that first page – outlining the objectives and trying to work out if something was a strategy or an objective or even a tactic. And there’s aContinue reading “The Strategy Ladder – how to write good objectives and strategies”

15 minutes…

That could be all it takes between being competent at your job and being successful! What would happen if you intentionally spent just 15 minutes a day or an hour or two a week following up contacts, commenting on that sector report, or responding to potential opportunities that cross your desk? It’s so easy justContinue reading “15 minutes…”

Surviving Lockdown – Origin Fine Foods

This mini-series features several small retail and hospitality businesses who have survived, and, in some instances, thrived, during lockdown. The first case is about Origin Fine Foods – a small delicatessen and cafe in West Yorkshire. Local heroes – rising to the occasion While some cafes and small stores closed up shop and stayed atContinue reading “Surviving Lockdown – Origin Fine Foods”

Didn’t get the grades to get to university? Here’s what to do now.

Thursday 13th August 2020 – A level results day. You log into UCAS and discover that you’ve been rejected from your firm and insurance choices because you haven’t got the necessary grades. You may feel like the world is caving in around you and you can feel a heaviness deep in your gut. What doContinue reading “Didn’t get the grades to get to university? Here’s what to do now.”

Thinking of going to university? It’s not too late…!

Perhaps you weren’t intending to go to university this year, but your travel or job plans have fallen through or you’ve just had a change of mind. Perhaps you’ve been made redundant and need another qualification to be competitive in the job market… The good news is, that it isn’t too late to apply toContinue reading “Thinking of going to university? It’s not too late…!”