Category Archives: Work Life balance

More Perspective?

Many of our clients are small businesses and something that I feel particularly passionate about is perspective.

Whilst we have an established team here are Hold Everything HQ, many business owners work alone and the thing about this is that often, there is a different level of perspective.

I remember when I was starting out alone in business. It was me against the world.  My business was my life (and in many ways still is!).  The trouble was that because I worked only with one part time member of staff,  sometimes the pressure of everything all at once felt a little bit too much.   I would feel alone and that there wasn’t anyone I could turn to.  

As the business has grown, this has become less of an issue, however when I speak to a client who is wound up about something that really isn’t as bad as they think it is, I remember being there.

My top tips for you if you ever find that things are getting a little too much are:

1) Take a five minute break.  Sounds obvious?  Sometimes just moving about and taking a deep breath can make that difference. Ask yourself “in the great scheme of things is this really as bad as it seems.

2) If you have received a “bad” email, message or voicemail – wait 24 hours before responding. Your replies are permanent. Don’t do damage by biting back, no matter HOW tempting.

3) Find other businesses in your position.  I met numerous great businesses through business networking.   If you’re just starting out there are many that are free to go along to.   Having others to talk to really helped me to realise that things aren’t as bad as I sometimes thought.

If you are a bigger business dealing with smaller companies:

1) Remember that just because something that isn’t important to you, it doesn’t mean that it’s not essential to someone else.

2) Can YOU take five minutes to listen to a small business? What are your business doing to support start up mentoring?

3) Stay professional at all times regardless of how someone else is behaving to you and if you have been in that position, remember how it felt.

There are so many terrible events going on in the world and sometimes we need to step out and see the bigger picture.  Theres always an answer.

This week our thoughts go out to those affected by the awful events in the USA.

Until next time

Richard Cooper – Hold Everything
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Don’t Jump!!

I’m guessing that this is something that more than one person said to Felix Baumgartner on more than one occasion before he made the supersonic jump and leapt into the history books.

So why did he do it?I mean, this was extreme.Speculation was rife in the media that he would explode, combust and be most likely to die doing this?

I read a really interesting article in the Guardiananswering some of these key questions about the jump and the effect on him.Questions about the effect on his body, through to whether he was single.(sorry ladies he isn’t!)The burning question now is what next for Felix?He says he is retiring now and going to fly a helicopter or something similar and help others.What a way to retire and what a way to bow out!

Seven years in the planning, with a number of issues and postponements along the way.WHY did he keep going?Was it the fact that even in the face of what many people said, he believed without a shadow of a doubt that he would do it?In order to achieve this success you would absolutely have to have cast iron faith in yourself and your ability.When Felix was in the capsule, and about to jump, at the end of the day it was just him.That final achievement was just him and his belief.

Next time you have a dilemma in business or life, it may be worth remembering this jump and how one man, when many said it couldn’t be done, went ahead and did it anyway.

What could you really achieve if you had absolute one hundred percent belief in yourself.Because at the end of the day, that leap to success can only be done byyou with absolute knowledge that you will land safely.No one else can do it for you. More importantly, no one else can stop you when you decide it’s your time to shine!

Have a great week.Until next time

Richard and the team @ Hold Everything

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You’ve got the words to change a nation

But you’re biting your tongue…..

These two lines are from the Emeli Sande track – “Read all about it.”  Overall the consensus is that this song is about being the real you?   What has this got to do with business?

Something that is really important to me is understanding what it MEANS to be a business person and identifying when I need to reassess my goals, vision and priorities.  I hope the following helps you whatever stage you are at with business, especially if you feel that something isn’t quite right or where it should be.

So why let your voice be tamed?

Firstly you need to be assertive:   Whether starting up, expanding or diversifying,  its really important to understand that everyone…. And I mean absolutely everyone will have an opinion.   Even those people who have never ever taken the step of owning a business will tell you their experiences.   The decision you have to make is 1) who to listen to and 2) Whether you compromise your vision.    Ask yourself are you biting your tongue for fear of speaking out for what you know you want?   In business you will need to believe in yourself implicitly and sometimes that has to be no matter what anyone thinks.

When did we all get so fearful?


Another question to ask yourself is whether you are fearless enough for your business.  Please note this is not a generalisation that you should be a bull in a china shop and know no fear, but more a point that you cannot let fear take you over in business.  It’s really important to “hold your ground” in business and not be afraid when the pressures on.

You’ve got the light to fight the shadows?


This leads back to my post on instinct.  When the chips are down and it seems like there is no way out, remember that you have the answer inside you.  The reason you are in the role you are is because you believed in yourself (if you’re employed, someone believed enough in you) that you could handle everything that came your way. Think about everything you have had to deal with so far in life, work and business.  You handled it didn’t you?   So when something happens, stay calm and think about who can help and support you through.  Go with your instincts, they’re rarely wrong.


Finally here’s the track.  Click here Grab a cuppa and take a listen.  What can you do differently to stay on the right track to realise your life goals and dreams.

Enjoy, and have a lovely week

Richard and the team at Hold Everything

I don’t give a Hoot!

Something that always interests me about the business people I meet, is the approach that they have to their company and those around them.

Now, whether you believe in Karma or not, I personally see an unwritten code of conduct that businesses tend to follow. Examples of this include:

  • Acting with honesty and integrity
  • Treating fellow businesses with respect
  • Good manners
  • Assertiveness without aggressiveness.
  • Basic dignity and respect as a minimum.

All pretty standard? So one would think!

Increasingly I am seeing more and more business behaviour which has an edge to it that isn’t necessarily positive.

From non negotiation to nothing more than playground bullying and games. Not talking to each other (especially business partners) and even worse, taking issues to social media to air them in public are acts I see more and more regularly.

Clients usually come to us because they want a defined barrier between their home and business life. Who wouldn’t want this?

However when businesses start attacking each other and using online tactics to put each other down, what can you do?

Marie Coles – founder of Business Connections and all round social media superstar shares the following quick tips on how to handle the “playground antics”:

1) If it’s a business partner who is taking their issues to air with facebook/twitter etc, then arrange a face to face meeting. Consider a professional mediator. The cost of their services may save you a serious amount of money in the long run. Do NOT engage with any online debates or arguments. It will damage your reputation more.

2) If it’s a competitor or business relationship gone wrong, try your best to ignore them. Most of them go away in time. However if it’s blatant slander or reputation damage, seek legal or where necessary police advice.

3) Always remember that even bullying online is still bullying. Act assertively and protect your business but always remember good ethics and manners. Don’t be afraid of the “block” button on social media.

Marie x

These tips are extremely valuable. Are you involved in any arguments or issues? Are they really necessary and are you acting like a good business should? My tip for the week is to step back from your business for an hour. Look at it and walk around your premises if you have them. Ask yourself “am I facing the issues I need to” – because if as a business manager or owner the answer is no, then you need to look at all of the people affected by it. Making changes to your business, your staff and their responsibilities isn’t easy, but its much easier than losing good business contacts and staff because you don’t. Just be wise and know your allies as well as your enemies.

Until next time

Richard Cooper