Category: Inspiration

Category: Inspiration

The Six F’s of Happiness
January 6, 2015 Ideas, Inspiration @lordlancaster

The Six F’s of Happiness to focus on in 2015 (& forever really) are: 1. Family 2. Friends 3. Fun 4. Freedom 5. Fitness 6. Fulfilment I haven’t been spending enough time or effort on all six lately & my life is poorer as a result. It’s time to change so wish me luck (&

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A-Level Results – What next for young people in Britain?
September 5, 2012 Confidence, Inspiration @lordlancaster

As A-Level students across Britain contemplate their future, I wonder whether they are being given the best advice by parents, teachers and the media about what to do next? With a current shortage of university places and jobs for graduates, high dropout rates from students that probably weren’t cut out for academia in the first

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What Does Success Look Like?
June 13, 2012 Inspiration, Productivity, Upmarket @lordlancaster

Before you embark on any new project or business venture, you need to ask yourself the question ‘What does success look like?’ Without an end goal in mind (and preferably written down somewhere), how will you know you’ve achieved what you set out to do? Having a goal (or many) will help you focus on

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Why tech start-ups (and giants) should leave London (and move to Newcastle)
May 18, 2012 Codeworks, Innovation, Inspiration, London Tech, Tech Start-Ups, Thinking Digital @lordlancaster

I think tech start-ups (and giants) should leave London and move to other parts of the UK. I also think the UK Government should stop putting all their eggs in one basket (i.e. Tech City / Silicon Roundabout) and give greater support (media attention, funding and financial incentives) to other tech clusters around the country to help spread the

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Why Mentoring Matters
May 2, 2012 Innovation, Inspiration, Mentoring, Motivation, Productivity, Tech Start-Ups, Upmarket @lordlancaster

This article was originally written for and published on Upmarket – the US-based online business magazine at http://upmarket.squidoo.com/2012/05/02/why-mentoring-matters/ There’s a big drive to increase the number of business mentors in the UK today through Government-backed initiatives like Get Mentoring and Mentorsme.co.uk. This is because along with finance, mentoring is regularly cited by start-ups as one of

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Confidence – The Stuff Entrepreneurs Are Made Of
April 4, 2012 Confidence, Inspiration, LinkedIn, Motivation, Productivity, The Domino Project, Upmarket @lordlancaster

This article was originally written for and published on Upmarket – the US-based online business magazine at http://upmarket.squidoo.com/2012/04/03/confidence-the-stuff-entrepreneurs-are-made-of/ Over the past three years I’ve worked with thousands of start-ups across the UK, and have come to the conclusion that confidence is the number one ingredient that entrepreneurs need if they are to succeed in business. Although funding

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Emotional Technology
March 10, 2012 CIM, Innovation, Inspiration, No Email Day, Presentations, Tech Start-Ups, The Domino Project @lordlancaster

Below are the slides from my Techmesh / CIM presentation at The Rose Bowl, Leeds Met University on Thursday 8th March 2012. The theme was ‘Emotional Technology + How Ideas Spread‘ as I was trying to convey the fact that no matter how amazing the technology is, it’s only when it taps into real life human emotion,

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Welcome to ‘Permanent Beta’ – The Start-Up IS YOU!
March 6, 2012 Inspiration, LinkedIn, Productivity, Tech Start-Ups @lordlancaster

I’ve just finished reading ‘The Start-Up Of You‘ by LinkedIn Founder/Chairman Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha and am feeling pretty inspired. If you’re stuck in a rut, wanting to advance your career, find a new job or start a business (i.e. everyone) I’d strongly urge you to buy and read this book! If Reid’s career credentials weren’t

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Leap Year
February 13, 2012 Inspiration, Motivation, Productivity @lordlancaster

2012 is a ‘Leap Year’ so that means you have an extra 24hrs to do something special, be it volunteering / raising money for a good cause or starting that business you’ve been talking about. Maybe you could use the extra day, 29th Feb, to focus your efforts in one go or spread it out

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We need more Leaders not Followers
January 31, 2012 Facebook, Inspiration, Motivation, Productivity, Twitter @lordlancaster

In the past few years we’ve become a little obsessed with getting more ‘Followers’ on Twitter and ‘Fans’ on Facebook. This is back to front thinking. If we’re completely honest with ourselves and each other, it’s unlikely that every little thing that we do is really that remarkable and worthy of a ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’.

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First mover advantage (& disadvantage)
January 12, 2012 Inspiration, Music, Nokia, Windows Phone @lordlancaster

Most businesses are obsessed with being the first to do something or release a product. However, it’s been proven time and again throughout history that coming second or even later in the list can be an advantage as you improve on what came before you. As Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang remind us in Wired magazine (Feb 2012), it

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Recommended Reading
December 31, 2011 Inspiration @lordlancaster

Here’s a list of some of the most useful and inspiring books I’ve read in recent years. Poke the Box by Seth Godin “Seth Godin is on a mission to change the face of publishing with ‘The Domino Project’ and I think he’s onto a winner with this book that encourages you to Go Go Go! Instead

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The Domino Project: Start. Now!
September 30, 2011 Codeworks, Email, Ignite, Inspiration, Motivation, No Email Day, Presentations, Productivity, The Domino Project, Time Management @lordlancaster

The Domino Project: Start. Now! by Paul Lancaster Slides from my 5min Ignite presentation first delivered at the Codeworks Connect ‘Think and a Drink’ event at the Vermont Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 29th September 2011. ‘Barriers’ stopping people from producing ‘Great Work’ and achieving their dreams in Newcastle. (I got people to write them

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