Show us your nuggets (Graeme Cooper from Cultural Finesse)

Author: Tom Perkins   |   Date: 12th October 2018   |  Tags: ,

In this blog post the speaker for this month’s meeting, Graeme Cooper from Cultural Finesse, shares his nuggets with us.

What habits have you developed to increase your success?

A) Gradually overcoming my “perfectionist” nature to realise that even 80% of what I know is almost always more than enough to get a project started – and then I can adapt things as I go along after that first step.

B) I make a “motto/word for the year” to help me get motivated and unblock my thoughts whenever I’m stuck with planning etc….. recent examples: “NIKE!” = Just Do It! and “DID!” = Do It Differently. c)”Outsourcing”, i.e. farming out tasks and parts of my workload to others more skilled and better at the task even though I reckon I could do the things myself – it’s always cost-effective in the long run and helps me focus on the business elements that I really do know best!

What’s the biggest failure you’ve incurred and how did you get over it?

Taking too long in my start-up business to see and act on the value of Items 6a and 6c above (being less of a perfectionist and outsourcing tasks). Also, I once had an unpaid invoice when a client didn’t pay for training I’d delivered. It was “only” £300 so I just wrote it off, but I still keep the invoice in the front of my ledger folder at home to remind me of the event – and I now ask for 25% payment in advance with training courses and 100% up-front for coaching clients. Never been a problem! (Also, I do offer my own money-back guarantee if things don’t work out as the client expected, and I’ve only had to pay back any money twice in 18 years!)

What book has inspired you the most?

Business book: “The $100 Startup” by Chris Guillebeau ….. especially for his “One-Page Business Plan”. Also the book’s underlying message that “You too can do this” really hit home to me when I needed to remind myself of that. His anecdotes and stories are fantastic motivators! Fiction book: “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll ….. because it was the first book I ever read all the way through by myself (Thanks to Mum and Dad who coached me through it an absurdly early age, with their Sunday evening reading sessions!)

What are your hidden inspiration sources? How do you generate new ideas?

My favourite ideas-generator is daily walking across the village common! It always frees my thoughts and I just note down ideas and To-Do stuff on my mobile phone’s recorder. Also, going to a couple of business networking groups of the “supportive and learning” kind, where it’s almost a family atmosphere and we talk and learn about each other’s work activities – I always get inspired and find ideas for myself at such meetings.

What’s the one thing you wish you’d known when you started your business

Never – ever – give up: you can’t do it all yourself, so don’t even try.

Sadly you’ve missed out on Graeme’s excellent talk but why not come along to our next meeting for free?