We’ve gone down to fortnightly episodes for a couple of months due to holidays, races and travel, so no new episode this week but why not check out our most popular episode so far if you missed it: Army Ironman Tactics with Kat Matthews.
What I’ve Been Reading
Good to Great by Jim Collins is a business book classic, and widely regarded as one of the most important business books ever written, but I only recently got around to reading it. It is packed full of so much good advice and the subtitle, ‘Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t’, sums it up perfectly. The book takes 5 years of research on what made the top companies successful and distils it into some interesting and actionable points. Definitely worth reading if you run a business, or plan to.
TED Talk I’ve Found Interesting
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk The happy secret to better work, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
What I’ve Been Watching
While on holiday, we’re enjoying catching up on a family film or two. Blended featuring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore has been the firm family favourite this trip. I’m not a fan of most American comedies these days, but Sandler and Barrymore make a great team for light-hearted family chuckles.
Quote of the Week
“Our job is to connect to people, to interact with them in a way that leaves them better than we found them, more able to get where they’d like to go.”
- Seth Godin
Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering
You might have seen on the BBC website that Ministers are looking to overhaul the legal process for people to nominate someone to take financial and health decisions on their behalf if they lose the ability to act for themselves, as there are concerns that the system is too slow and difficult to use.
Better than their predecessor, the Enduring Power of Attorney, from a protective point of view, the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) have created more barriers for people to complete them. An LPA, whilst a bit more hassle, is still a vitally important document, if something unexpected happens. There is no telling how long changes will take, so don’t wait in hope, make sure you have one.