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In our book “Humble Crumbles: Savouring the crumbs of wisdom from the rise and fall of Humble Pie” Paul O’Donnell and I explore his entrepreneurial journey in starting up and closing down a retail pie business.

On reflection, one of his crumbs of wisdom was to recognise that he could have taken more time to get below the surface of his drivers, ambitions, fears and values; to really get to know himself.

He had a wealth of experience and years of success in global financial markets as a senior executive and intrepreneur. And as an entrepreneur creating his first adjacent businesses he was familiar with business plans, contracting and customer relationships. However, moving to a manufacturing business he had blind spots about his assumptions and habitual behaviours. In some cases, they impaired his decision making.

What practices have you adopted to develop your self awareness?

How do you guard against habitual behaviours to ensure optimal decision making?

If you would like to explore these question contact me at or +44 (0) 7952 068133.



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