Virgin BlogI blog. A lot. I’m not sure if it’s to vent or because I love the sight of my own typing… but yeah, I blog. I first started music blogging on MySpace back in about 2004 / 5, with the main focus on the gigs and festivals that I went to in the UK.

Along the way, I started to blog about social issues too and, over time, business writing in magazines, newspapers on a few websites.

In 2013, I was invited to contribute business blogs to Virgin which was pretty cool – and am always happy to contribute blogs to anyone who is interested.

Yeah, thinking about it, blogging is definitely an ego thing.

Along the way, I blogged about Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Rubik’s Cubes and different corporate effectiveness issues. Here are the Virgin ones – feel free to browse, comment and thoroughly dislike along the way.

The psychology of leadership
The concept of leadership sounds very simple, but the real story is that being an effective and true leader is hugely complex – and this complexity gives us a fantastic array of people that we can call ‘leaders’.

The trend of embracing failure – what do investors think?
The current trend of failing fast and moving on might be great for entrepreneurs and innovation, but where does it leave the investors who have put their money behind the start-ups in question?

What should classrooms of the future look like?
In 1997, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair set out his priorities for office as Labour campaigned to put classrooms at the top of the political agenda. “Education, education, education” was the mantra. In the following ten years, more money was pumped into the education system, the number of teachers increased (reducing teacher:pupil ratios), schools were renovated, teacher pay rose and more teaching assistants came into the classroom. However, we also saw a marked increase in tuition fees, testing, benchmarking and administration.

How Many Bottom Lines Should A Business Have?
There is a very real chance that, as an aspiring start-up, you are busy writing out a business plan. Your (no doubt brilliant) business plan will refer to the bottom line: the money. But is this the be-all and end-all?

Is the sharing economy killing the neighbourhood?
People who write on the subject of the sharing economy talk of it being a socio-economic system built around the sharing of ‘human and capital assets’. Doesn’t that just sum it up? The fact that doing things for or with a neighbour should be referred to as a human or capital asset fills me with dread – applying business-speak to human relationships is pretty abhorrent at the best of times, but we are now seeing venture capitalists and start-ups pitching the emperor’s new clothes at us.

Is it time for the public sector to stop talking & start innovating?
Does the public sector have some catching up to do in terms of innovation when compared with the private sector? Today’s guest blog argues that true innovation is no longer given the chance to occur in taxpayer funded bodies.

Why entrepreneurs should avoid normality
I was recently talking with a friend about the idea of being normal and how people seem to strive to be seen as normal, as they attempt to fit in with the world around them.

Why it’s time to enable your intrapreneurs
As part of the rise of flexible working series. At companies such as Yahoo the introduction of systems like stacked ranking as a way to drive performance, coupled with the removal of homeworking, seems very counter-intuitive. Many of the companies relying on these working practices are still relatively young businesses in the new media and technology space – yet their corporate policies sound positively prehistoric!

7 secrets of the perfect partnership
“In the early stages of a start-up entrepreneurs will need to learn to do more with less as they aim to hit the ground running, however this is often made all the more difficult by a lack of resources”

Collaborative Intelligence5 rules for productive meetings
“One of the great boasts of the 21st century is just how connected we are how we are just a few people or contacts away from a film star, president or musical artist. Social media gives us greater access to newsfeeds, updates, tweets and so much more. The outcome of this connectivity is that we feel obliged to be online all of the time even if it means ignoring people right in front of us”

10 ways for start-ups to keep their focus
“It’s kind of tough being a start-up: your mind is buzzing both with possibilities and worries and this is a time when, really, you need to focus on the task at hand making your business a success”

Are you an entrepreneurial iron man?
“Before I started my qualifications to become a performance coach in 2005, I was a difficult person to work for, I suspect. I was quite willing to take the praise for my successes and to pass blame onto others for commercial failures; I was frustrated at how clients / partners / suppliers / employees couldn’t seem to grasp what I was telling them; I took pride in my ability to always create new ideas and ways of working”

8 tips for relationship building in business
“I have been involved in business growth and entrepreneurship for some time (the two are not necessarily aligned at times!) and, as such, have been working on business relationships and networking for over 20 years”

10 ways for businesses to get the most out of Instagram
“When I was recently delivering a workshop on enterprise and entrepreneurship in Bahrain, I was struck by how many of 140-or-so delegates refrained from checking out my LinkedIn or Twitter profiles but, instead, all asked about my Instagram”

Email worldTime to say goodbye to email?
“Following my recent blog on how to get the most out of Twitter, I was contacted by an organisation asking me if I intended to write a blog about emails. At first, I was tempted to do so but then figured out that there were already plenty of sites out there explaining how to use email. So instead, I thought about how to simply get rid of our reliance on the electronic version of the postal service.”

An entrepreneur’s guide to Google+
“Google began rolling out their own social networking site (G+) in 2011, it now has more than 500 million registered users. It feels like a nice mix of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and with it being picked up by the Google search engine, is a great (under-used) tool for business”

15 tips: how to get the most out of LinkedIn
“LinkedIn is a powerful tool for making business connections and it is important to understand that it is a tool for any business professional of any age. I have used LinkedIn since 2004 and, for the last four years, this tool alone has consistently generated over $80,000 in sales. Here are a few tips to make it work for you…”

TwitterHow strong is your Twitter reputation?
“Of all the social media at our disposal, Twitter is one of the most visible as it is simple and operates in real time. There is a very real advantage to it as a tool inasmuch as you can quickly get your message out there and you can always do this in the context of the news of the moment. If someone dies, you can tweet within a minute; if a corporation buys a competitor well within 30 seconds, you can be providing a social commentary”

Virgin Blogs