ANOTHER YEAR IS ALMOST OVER

  Hopefully it is not simply a sign of getting older but being busier- this year has whizzed by; the FA Cup Final, Wimbledon, and the cricket season all seem just a few weeks ago!! The one thing most of us expected during 2015 was a rise in the Bank of England interest rate. The …

What are the Secrets of Success??

What are the Secrets of Success?? I am sure we all have views on this subject, however If there was just a simple answer we would all be highly successful. That is quite impossible as we can each only succeed if others fail – one winner with many others losing out, some by a mile …

Is UK economy on the up?

Looking back, for a moment, over the last twelve months or so we have seen periods of the fastest growth since 2007. The UK economy grew by 2.6% during 2014 – the biggest growth since 2007 and far better than the 1.7% growth in 2013. The downside is that the growth in the few months …

Some thoughts as 2014 comes to an end

I cannot quite believe that I have been running my own business, Alan Fletcher Solutions, for three years now. During that time I have met some incredible people having widened my network of contacts, clients and friends. I am pleased to say that my clients tell me that I have delivered the quality of work …

There can be gain without pain

There’s no gain without pain’, so it is said. The phrase ‘no pain, no gain’ takes me back to the early 1980s with Jane Fonda and her exercise videos; suggesting that we go for the burn and then saying that there will be no gain without pain. Fortunately, from a business performance perspective the pain …

A key ingredient to success – Goal Setting

Many people feel as if they are simply drifting along and achieving little. They often work hard but let us not confuse activity with accomplishment. Other people seem to achieve more than the majority of people and have time on their hands. The main difference is how the minority (the wise folk) approach goal setting, …

Happiness is the route to success

Happiness is, I believe, is governed by our mental attitude, is relative and affected by whether we feel happier or perhaps less so at any given time. As Aristotle said, “Happiness depends on ourselves”. I have read books written by Jim Rohn and recall that he said that happiness comes to those who deliberately expand …

Why are we brits so negative and low in belief.

Have you noticed when someone is asked ‘how are things/how are you’ invariably the reply is ‘not bad, can’t grumble’. In Europe however the reply is more likely to be ‘fine, things are improving’. Go to New York, Miami or Phoenix and the response is likely to be ‘awesome, great or swell’. Why is it …