HUGH CULVER

Is your business too complicated?

Is your business too complicated?

My business coach squinted as he pointed at the long, winding snake of connected boxes I’d drawn on the whiteboard.  “And why,” he asked as he pointed at my convoluted diagram of colored boxes, circles, and interconnected lines, “do you need to build that sequence...

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If this was easy…what would it look like?

If this was easy…what would it look like?

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 the company was in trouble. David, in the world of computer Goliath’s, had swollen to hundreds of products, a shrinking bottom line and disenfranchised fans. Apple was bleeding cash and within months of insolvency. In short...

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Five surprising lessons from starting a business in my 50’s

Five surprising lessons from starting a business in my 50’s

“With the sheer number of baby-boomers now approaching retirement age, the era of the “olderpreneur” is upon us.” Financial Times When I was a kid people retired at 60 - 65 if they didn’t like golf. When you get old, you retire. This was an irrefutable fact of life...

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How to hook any audience and capture their attention

How to hook any audience and capture their attention

There’s lots of opinions about how to start a speech. Some say start with a joke. Some with a story. Some with a confession. Some even use video to break the ice. All of those can work, but in this post I’m more talking about what comes next—how do you hook your...

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All entrepreneurs want to quit. (unless they’re lying)

All entrepreneurs want to quit. (unless they’re lying)

The first time I was self-employed I couldn’t even spell ‘entrepreneur’ - I just knew I wanted it. I’d worked night-shift, feeding paper rolls from cash registers into temperamental computer readers, washed dishes in a hospital kitchen, built fences and even tried my...

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