Your Key to Business Miracles

image of Philip de LisleIf you’re looking for a ‘shot in the arm’ Philip de Lisle is just what the doctor ordered! When you engage Philip you’ll be working with a multi-talented business-savvy mentor and facilitator, speaker and author. If you want a first rate brain, emotional strength and a creative and innovative approach to your business (and personal) challenges, you’ve found it.

“I’m a former serial entrepreneur with more than 7 startups. I grew my last venture to a US$1.5billion valuation before exiting in 2001. Now I prefer to help other realise their dreams by sharing my knowledge and experience via mentoring, speaking and writing. This has become my passion.”

Discover how Philip can give you clarity and move your business into the fast lane as a mentor and coach and/or facilitator, as a speaker at your event or conference, or explore his business acumen through his published material.

He can be your key to business miracles.

Sun Tzu and The Art of War – Is it Time to Reframe?

Filed in Business, Leadership

Sun Tzu’s famous treatise on the art of war has become a bible for business people, and in particular sales people. In recent weeks I have heard many people quote Sun Tzu in meetings in a combative way as they beat their metaphorical breastplates, and this worries me. How does the statement “all warfare is […]

Must “Rich” be Defined in Monetary Terms?

Filed in Business, Communication, Leadership, Mentoring

This article is not about business but about values and beliefs – and my personal ones at that. Having said that, I frequently recommend what I am about to share with you to mentoring clients. I came across this wonderful poem about 35 years ago and it has haunted me ever since. I’ve been incredibly […]

Lack of Ambition Hurts

Filed in Business, Leadership

Are you a leader? Would you consider yourself ambitious for yourself and your organisation? Of course you are! Ambition is good. It drives us forward and stretches us so that we take on new ideas and experiment. It makes us do things. It makes us grow as people and those benefits accrue to the company […]

Leading in a Recession

Filed in Business, Leadership

As I write this, the economic outlook for the UK (and Europe) is looking precarious to say the least. Although we are not currently in a recession, market conditions are tough with a credit squeeze, rocketing fuel and power prices, falling house prices and statements from the Bank of England and many leading retailers that […]

Slaying Dragons

Filed in Business, Facilitation Tools

At some point in the distant past, a client was describing the problems he was having implementing a particularly tricky change policy on his company. While listening to him I realised that I’d been through this situation several times myself so we discussed what his options were to overcome objectors. Out of that discussion came […]

TEAM with Your Clients

Filed in Business

Working with a client recently, they mentioned that they had started to hold internal lunchtime meetings to discuss how they were delivering projects for clients. They called these ‘TEAM Meetings’. “why ‘TEAM’?” I asked thinking it stood for something, as it was all in capitals. Nobody was able to give me an answer which set […]

The Legacy of John Harvey-Jones

Filed in Business, Mentoring

A great business leader, Sir John Harvey-Jones, died last month. For those who are not aware, he was a leading light in the UK business community since the early 1980’s when he rose to public prominence as the chairman of ICI, which he guided to be one of the most successful companies in the UK […]

What Makes an Effective Chairman of the Board?

Filed in Business, Mentoring, NED & Chairmanship

I was chatting recently with Dermot Hill of Intramezzo who posed this question. Given my experience as a Chairman and my love of this role, it set me thinking. Note that I’m going to use the word “Chairman” in a non-gender specific context in this article. Companies appoint a Chairman for a variety of reasons. […]

We Don’t Do Customer Service Anymore

Filed in Business

Maybe it is just me, but shortly after posting about how pygmies are taking over the world, I had 2 really bad experiences of customer service from the same company. There is a well-known budget hotel chain here in the UK called Travelodge. I have used its various hotels frequently in the last year or […]

The Pygmies are Taking Over the World

Filed in Business, Mentoring

As an entrepreneur, I have created many businesses. And these businesses need certain advisers like lawyers and accountants. Like many of you, these “species”, and I use the word advisedly, are not my most favourite people as they cost me lots of money and don’t appear to deliver much value. Recently I was with one […]