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 …

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 …

Groups to avoid: the moaning canteen gang

I call them the “moaning canteen gang” – that coterie within any sizeable company that hates their employer. They’re certain their bosses can do no right – and are vocal in letting everyone know: advertising their disgruntlement – usually during breaks – like a badge of honour. The moaning canteen gang is a tight unit. It knows who’s onside and …

Employing outsiders: a survival guide

A version of this article recently appeared in Management Issues magazine Outsiders are usually the disruptive workplace mavericks that employers cannot wait to see the back of. So how can managers turn them into positive employees? Robert Kelsey – author of The Outside Edge: How Outsiders can Succeed in a World Made by Insiders – explores the challenges and opportunities …

Is this the best time and place to be an outsider?

  Is now the best time to be an outsider? Since the launch of the book, I’ve been asked this several times in interviews, and it’s got me wondering. Certainly, as a society we seem to be producing more and more people that feel like they don’t belong – but this doesn’t necessarily equate to an advantage for the estranged. …

A “park the bus” election that ignores our entrepreneurial future

Am I the only one thinking this a God-awful election campaign? With the polls on a knife-edge it’s become more like an Arsenal Vs Chelsea fixture – with the focus being, not on winning, but on not making mistakes, avoiding the loss. The two main parties are supposed to be travelling the country on their election buses, but appear – …

Do outsiders have to be better? Just ask the man (not) from the Pru

The entire premise of Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book David & Goliath is that misfits and outsiders have inbuilt advantages they can exploit for personal gain. The book’s eponymous hero, David, is a case in point. David took on the warrior giant, not head to head, but by using his shepherd-boy guile. Declining the heavy armour offered to him, he instead …

Entrepreneurs must learn the art of delegation

The following article appeared on Small.Business.co.uk on 21st August 2015.   Delegation is the key when it comes to heavy workloads ‘Get Things Done’ author and small business owner Robert Kelsey discusses how entrepreneurs can overcome their fear of delegation. “All careers end in management” is one of my favourite pearls of work-life wisdom – not least because it’s true. …