Rather than do the normal about us page (which is really about me), I've decided to combine my way of seeing things via an image and some text. I created the image to help explain some of my values. Below the infographic is a little more information which is more chatty! Once you have had a skim through and when you are ready click the button below to read about how we work together.
When it all Started
I’ve always been the inquisitive type and being naturally curious means I tend to explore and ask questions… Lots of questions!
Childhood memories – Friends of my mum and dad used to bring me their cameras which had broken, and I’d repair them. In fact I always seemed to be tinkering and creating new machines out of Meccano (do you remember, those big kits)?
Off to Malta
My dad was an engineer and inventor. I’d like to suggest you don’t become an inventor as the downs, ups and downs were too much for him! It ended up leaving us in poverty and is not something I’d wish on anyone!
My childhood was to say the least very odd, especially after my eighth birthday. Did you ever watch The Durrels, a series on ITV, based on the real-life events of the Durrell family as they resettle from England to Greece?
Well, my early life had some similarities to that series excepting we were based in Malta. It was like living in a huge outdoor real-life playground. Part fun and part survival (actually, surviving and thriving was great fun).
This was no doubt helped along by yours truly not going to school for a chunk of time. Not my fault or my family’s fault, it was just the way it was as a British person in Malta during the 1960s!
If you have the time and would like to find out more about this early exploration could I direct you to my other blog, you will find this link takes you there - https://lucidtouchstone.co.uk/personal/slightly-unusual-childhood-updated/
My career has been punctuated by multiple different roles, I now know this is incredibly helpful as I’m able to use all that experience/knowledge and bring things together.
My Potted history
- Telecoms Engineer
- Planning and Production Control
- Cost and Management Accounting
- Sales (direct and indirect)
- Global Account Management
- Coaching and Consulting
I had paid a coach who helped me identify something called “Core Process” and is an exploration of sorts, it helps to answer two questions:
Why are you on the planet? What's your purpose?
I see it as a way, to uncover the authentic me, or even the authentic you!
“When you discover your Core Process, you find 2 words, a verb and a noun, which describe what you do when you are at your most powerful – what some people describe as being “on fire” or “in the flame”. These words, which capture the essence of you at your best, may seem strange to others but to you, they mean everything, and you understand them and the effect they have on you all too clearly”.
My Core Process is “Understanding Discovery” You will of course have your own core process.
Why am I sharing this with you?
I think it’s important to understand one’s strengths and its opposite, one’s weaknesses.
My strengths in applying my core process are to combine sometimes quite deep analysis in a business as a relationship to the business vision. Then find ways to connect the dots from where your business is to what the vision is.
In other words, how to go from where the business is right now and achieve or reach the vision/goal.
Provided these two elements are really understood, the goal is normally within reach. I use the word normally because if a business has for example already been liquidated, it’s too late. Also, a business must have some resources which can be tweaked or deployed otherwise reaching the goal won’t be possible.
My tennis is okay at a club level and tend to play doubles now as it’s kinder to my knees. You might find me playing chess on a computer (I used to be better at school). Photography and video are enjoyable, as is airgun shooting, something I do at my local club against paper and metal targets.
We all live in Swindon, Wilts and enjoy walking and a little cycling which I find quite therapeutic.
From a business perspective, I’m better slightly behind the scenes and not being the front person. So, I don’t think I’ll ever lead a multinational, but I might be useful in helping with plotting a route through.
In other words, don’t expect me to be the Managing Director! But do expect me to guide, strategize, analyse, innovate, and help implement.
I learned the hard way and have had my fair share of failures! Liquidated a business many years ago and lost my house too. Luckily, I found a way out of that mess helped massively by my then girlfriend and now wife (thanks Julia, you are a wonder)!
Talking of family, my wife and children are probably a little worn out by my thirst for knowledge, but they are kind enough to let me do my thing!
That’s it from me, thanks for reading.
If you should ever decide you want a little help from yours truly, I’d love to learn a little about you and your business.