How to foster a culture of success in your workplace

I’ve read a business book every two weeks for nearly 25 years, and spent my entire adult life running businesses. I’ve read hundreds of research papers on business theory and attended six business schools in four countries.  Of all the things I’ve learned about running a business, the one that’s had the most profound impact […]

Five keys to managing risk as your business grows

Managing risk

They say there’s no reward without risk – but you should still look before you leap. Here are five essentials for managing risk as you implement growth strategies for your business.  At PieLAB Council Capital, we specialise in helping SMEs grow sustainably and build great businesses for the long term. We’ve helped a variety of […]

A better, simpler way of thinking about strategy for SMEs

Better strategy

Three key takeaways from Felix Oberholzer-Gee’s exceptional new book, Better, Simpler Strategy: A Value-Based Guide to Exceptional Performance, to help every business streamline their strategic initiatives.  As a self-professed business geek, I’ve read a lot of business books – about one every few weeks for the last 20 years. And while there have been some […]

The one piece of technology that could change your business


Warren Buffet is considered by many to be the greatest investor in the history of the world. His company Berkshire Hathaway probably has the best long-term investment record in the history of civilisation. Buffet’s business partner Charlie Munger credits this to one thing – Warren Buffet’s commitment to learning.