Business advice from Karen

In launching the new “How to …” section of the3rdimagazine we asked contributers to give their top tips on enterprise, leadership, networking and a few additional thoughts.

Not being one for asking people to do things I wont do myself, here are my thoughts.






What are your top 5 tips for enterprise/entrepreneurship?

  1. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. This isn’t a new idea. In the 19th century Cardinal Newman said “Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.”
  2. Be prepared to change direction. Opportunities are all around, keep your eyes open and be prepared to go for them.
  3. Only start a business doing something that you love. Business is hard enough without adding to the strain by trying to make a success from something that you hate.
  4. Keep at it – persistence is all! In a different context Edison said “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration” it is the same with enterprise.
  5. Take responsibility for turning your vision into reality.

What are your top 5 tips for leaders/leadership?

  1. Be authentic. Lead by example
  2. Make sure you know where you are heading.
  3. Check that you are being followed otherwise you are walking alone.
  4. And make sure that you are being followed by people you are happy to have following you. Better still, lead by walking alongside others. In that way you are sharing the journey and you have your back covered.
  5. Make sure that your followers can lead when you are not there.

What was your worst moment in business?
Realising that the business I had built up over 10 years and that I had trusted my partner to run for 3 months had been wrecked in that short period.

What was your best moment in business?
I’m sure that is still to come – or why keep working?

Who do you admire most?
My grandfather

What is your biggest motivation?
To make a difference. Things do not have to be the way they are just because that is the way they have always been. We can change the way the world does business if we all set our minds to it.

Do you have any regrets?
Not one!

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