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What I Learned About Business from Being in a Band, Part 5

  We developed proficiency individually by practising on our own. We developed proficiency as a unit by practising together. The creative aspect was enhanced by regular song writing sessions by me and the guitarist. As we were getting older, these were often fuelled by cans of beer and glasses of home-brewed cider.   We started […]

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  By 1983, we’d been through several personnel changes and had firmed up as a three-piece.   In two years of hanging around, occasionally rehearsing, all the while dreaming, we had dispensed with two bass players, one vocalist and a keyboard player.   The original drummer had moved on to guitarist’s brother’s kit, and I […]

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  Most people are familiar with the format of rock and pop bands.   Drums, bass, guitar or two, singer or two, sometimes combined.   Sometimes just a three-piece.   In the summer of 1981, the first ‘proper’ band I was in spent most days of the summer holidays watching Richard Marquand’s The Birth of […]

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  When working with clients to help them organise their businesses, there are several things we start with.   One of these is a personal mission statement, and the other is a mission, vision and values statement for the business.   The personal vision statement focuses, of course, on our personal life. What do we […]

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  We’ve talked previously about self-organised learning environments (SOLEs). In future posts we’ll also discuss self-organised working environments (SOWEs). Being in a band, without me knowing it, involved me in both.   As previously discussed in the blog, a school business, like any other, needs leadership, structure, organisation, identifiable roles and responsibilities, and systems, not […]

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We have been on our travels again.   October saw us in Frankfurt, for the Book Fair, promoting our materials, working with friends and making new ones. It’s always a fun time, but the spaces in the aisles hint at changes in the distribution of print.   From there we flew home, and still get […]

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As I write this article, one Sam Fender, of North Shields in the north-east of England, is number one in the album charts in the UK.   Sam went to a high school in my hometown, then joined the sixth form at my old high school.   He has talked about how a teacher at […]

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I come from the northeast of England and went to school there until 1985.   Many readers of this blog will have gone to school elsewhere, and will be much younger than I am. I’m 52 at the time of writing.   I’ve developed a lot since I left school, so has institutional education, and […]

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  There is a long list of successful businesspeople who have either dropped out of high school, college or university, or didn’t go in the first place.   In the U.S. this famously includes Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Steven Spielberg, who all dropped out of college or university.   Charles Culpeper, former […]

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  The 11 O-Levels I gained from my compulsory education were English language, English literature, maths, additional maths, physics, chemistry, Latin, history, AST, general studies and computer studies.   The necessary skills and traits for business listed last time were: delegation, communication, negotiation, strategic planning, leadership, team building, analytical skills, sales and marketing, general management, […]

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