If you’re reading this as a small business owner you should know that you are not an ordinary mortal. You are a rare breed of person who has decided to take control of your life by running your own business and succeeding or failing on your own terms. However, you only have the same average […]
About Ann Hawkins
Uncompromising business mentor and coach.
I'll debate most things. Interests: jazz, sculpture, psychology, clever wit, unusual and new ideas. I'm impatient, irascible but above all, curious and more interested in who you are than in what you do.
I founded The Inspired Group in 2005 and developed it into a business growth organisation through peer group learning. We run seminars and workshops and teach people to build networks for life, not just for business.
I produced The A-Z of Business Success as a series of radio interviews (available free of charge on The Inspired Group website) and now broadcast regularly on The Business Hub Show.
In Jan 2013 I started The Social Media Show because I believe that social media is fundamentally changing the way we do business and want to show business owners what can be achieved.
Introduced the first set of Equal Opportunities Legislation (Racial Equality/Equal Pay) in the strike ridden British Printing Corporation
Entries by Ann Hawkins
How do you set goals -or do you avoid them? I’m involved in keeping a group of people accountable for progressing their goals. Before we started I asked everyone to decide on their reward for achieving their goals. Small business owners are remarkably poor at rewarding themselves for doing well, or even noting their achievements, […]
Having clear boundaries makes you easier to work with. Because I work with a network of business owners who encourage each other to be strong and bold and know their value I’ve always been heartened when they dismiss clients who don’t respect their boundaries. The “always-on” culture is partly to blame for boundaries becoming blurred […]
Are you in it for the ride? The feast and famine that many freelancers / consultants / small business owners experience causes more stress than any other factor of the self employed life. We all know the score: You do a lot of business growth activities, you get new business, you get busy delivering what […]
Do you need more time or more energy? I talk to people a lot about managing their time but sometimes it isn’t time that’s the problem. Imagine pushing an empty wheelbarrow up a hill. Now imagine pushing a wheelbarrow full of bricks up the same hill. You might be able to do it in the […]