The elite should beware – a white van and laptop rebellion is underway

A version of this article recently appeared on the International Business Times website. Those running small businesses usually side with the elite. Increasingly, they’re doing the opposite By Robert Kelsey As a co-founder of the Centre of Entrepreneurs think-tank I’ve become a missionary for UK entrepreneurship. We believe the surge in small-business creation and self-employment since 2008 saved Britain from a …

8 ways to successfully identify confidence

The following article appeared on the leading HR website Changeboard Posted on 27th January 2016 by Robert Kelsey “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right”. So said US industrialist Henry Ford – condemning half the population to self-fulfilling under-confidence. Ford’s maxim is, in fact, wrong, beacause Ford misunderstood the nature of confidence. Confidence is not omnipotence. …

8 ways to be more confident at work

This article first appeared in Goodhousekeeping.co.uk (and was most definitely written by me!). Do you feel under-confident in your workplace? Feeling under-confident not only decreases your job satisfaction but it can also impact your progress and prospects. But it doesn’t have to be that way and what better to time to adopt a new attitude at work than at the start …

Is Isis the ICF of Islam?

Why do I disagree with right-of-centre commentators on social issues when I tend to agree with them on economics? Perhaps it’s to do with applying our experiences to any given view, which is certainly the case when it comes to the rise of Islamically-inspired terrorism and, critically, its attraction for adolescent Muslim males brought-up in Europe’s inner cities. Not that I have any experience of …

Why outsiders make the best entrepreneurs

This article first appeared on the entrepreneurs’ news-source website minutehack. Outsiders and misfits have the wrong traits for the formal economy, but can make excellent entrepreneurs. Yet there are dangers to avoid. By Robert Kelsey First let’s nail the outsider. We’re those within a tribe but not of it. Uncomfortable in our own skin, we’re socially awkward – loners in the …

Q&A: Making good first steps with your career

Below is an edited transcript of my live Q&A with the National Centre for Universities and Business, a not-for-profit organisation bringing together universities and business. Adi Gaskell (moderator): Hello all and welcome to this live Q&A – Making Good First Steps With Your Career – with author Robert Kelsey. Robert is the author of four books on how to succeed at …

The 10 Best Books for Entrepreneurs

This article appeared in The Sunday Times supplement The Start-up List 2015 Robert Kelsey picks his top 10 entrepreneurial reads. The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber. The original exploder of entrepreneurial myths (swashbucklers we ain’t), this revised edition should be compulsory reading for anyone thinking of going it alone. Gerber’s dispassionate examination of “why most small businesses don’t work” can certainly …