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We often hear that someone is a “self-made” entrepreneur. And of course many successful entrepreneurs were not handed a “silver spoon” or did not come from a family or tradition of creating a business. However, borrowing from the British poet, John Donne “no person is an island”.

We are all part of different communities.

On a recent webinar for LSEGenerate students, Paul O’Donnell and I shared insights, from our book Humble Crumbles: Savouring the crumbs of wisdom from the rise and fall of Humble Pie. Many of the participants’ questions focussed on where and how to get talent, ideas and funding.

In our book we highlight the importance of continually nurturing and protecting relationships so that they are valuable, long-lasting and not just transactional. We also share examples of how Paul was able to draw on the expertise and guidance of his vast network of connections across the world. And we point to the power of collective wisdom from the Peer Advisory Circles that we facilitate.

Questions for reflection

When you are in the early stages of an idea or money is tight how and who do you go to for guidance and resources?

If you would like to explore how to nurture your relationships and improve the chances of your success as an entrepreneur or business leader let’s have a conversation. Call me on my mobile +44 (0) 7952 068133 or send a note to

And if you are curious about our book you can see reviews and testimonials. It is available on Amazon worldwide.


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