Outsiders and the “white male” problem

With The Outside Edge about to hit the shops, we’ve been trying to drum up some publicity. But we’ve hit a snag: one I’m calling the “white male” problem. “You’re a white male,” several reviewers have now stated. “That makes you the ultimate insider. So what do you know about being an outsider?” Of course, outsiders are often – perhaps …

Entrepreneurs as social superheroes: not so fast

Oh no, I’ve just made myself unpopular again. This time it was at a breakfast event (at the House of Lords, donchaknow) – celebrating social enterprise and entrepreneurialism as a social good. Why I couldn’t have kept my big gob shut I don’t know. But I couldn’t. I just had to ruin it, saying that entrepreneurs tend to be selfish …

Steve Strange: the outsider (poacher) turned insider (gamekeeper)

I’m not great at reacting to news immediately, which – I realise – is not a fantastic trait in a blogger. I’d rather ponder news, digesting it for a while before reacting. In fact, I’m not even sure what news affects me until – after a few days – I notice it’s still there: in my brain – worming away. …

SEVEN STEPS TO NAVIGATING Fear of failure

The following article appeared in the latest edition of Flybe magazine:   WORDS ROBERT KELSEY   Step One: DISCOVER YOUR TRUE VALUES Visualising your goals could lead you in the wrong direction without first establishing your true values. • Research your values across a long enough timeframe to span different moods and needs (for example, Sunday family get-together, Monday meeting, …

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

The following article appeared in the Guardian‘s new sustainable business section… By Robert Kelsey Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the most famous self-help book ever written. Yet, like many in the genre, it makes one mistake: that we’re pure potential – a malleable blob capable of absorbing effective and sustainable habits. Too often we’re anything but …

A face for radio – at last

I passed a milestone this week: my 20th radio interview. Nothing major – BBC Radio Solent, meaning all those lovely people on the Isle of Wight got to hear my Valentine’s Day views on confident dating for men and women, as well as how under confidence can develop from the “roles” we’re assigned early on in our family dynamic. Well, …