7 Pillars Book Launch Party – a report

book-launch-2A HUGE thank you for those who attended my recent Launch Party for the 7 Pillars of Success book. We had about 80 attendees in the end and I was really touched by the support people gave me both before and during the event.

On the night I gave special thanks to a number of people – Chris Allen (co-founder of laterooms.com) who mentors me via the TiE Entrepreneurs Network, Rob Buckley whose personal development library proved a source of inspiration during some tough times, Marj Boyer who always lends an ear and some much needed wisdom when I get over-excited about my latest idea, Tarik Toma with whom I launched the Business Skills Forum, Jennifer Shaw who supports all my endeavours, Mark Dicker who expertly put together my Word Press web site, Aileen Lockhart and Kevin Brown from Business Link and personal friends like Stephen Black, Janet Harrison, Edina Rwejuna, Florita Rouat and Jamilla Jalloh who are always delightful company.

As far the event itself goes, a big thank you to the excellent Golftorium on Ducie Street, a wonderful venue for client entertainment and networking right in the heart of Manchester. And of course to Lai and her team of caterers, to Barefoot Wines for sponsoring the wine on arrival, to Helen and Andre who played some wonderful jazz and to Stephen Black Solicitors for sponsoring the superb canapés.

The 7 Pillars book came about for a number of reasons. Someone once told me that I was a champion jockey on a donkey, and that such a combination never won races! In other words, he felt I was seriously undervaluing what I could do for people by simply teaching them to hit the golf ball better! After all, I’d worked in event management, business turnarounds, sales & marketing and had a spell in consultancy and journalism for a total of about 17 years before I ever started coaching golf.

But he urged me to develop this combination of sport and business and I’ve been doing just that for a couple of years now. Sport is such a wonderful metaphor for what we’re trying to do in business. It’s about survival in a competitive environment; it champions the nurturing of potential and the development of effective teams; it focuses on delivering great performances through careful preparation and intelligent review; and it recognises the pivotal role of psychology in the pursuit of success.

By drawing on my experiences in both the business world and the sporting arena, I endeavour to bring insight and inspiration to anyone looking to raise their game in the workplace – and REMEMBER, there’s funding available via Business Link at the moment for coaching in Leadership & Management skills.

So again, thank you so much for supporting me with the publication of 7 Pillars. We managed to raise £70 on the night for the Empowering Youth Foundation, a Manchester-based charity that uses golf as a medium for teaching life skills to kids. The game certainly served me well when I was growing up, but I believe we can find lessons in all walks of life, if we can only open our eyes and ears.


If you would like to contact any of our sponsors about the services they provide, please drop me a line.

  • The Golftorium (for golf, entertainment AND catering)
  • Stephen Black Solicitors
  • Barefoot Wines
  • Jennifer Shaw Events
  • Musicians (Helen & Andre)

COPIES OF THE 7 PILLARS OF SPORTING SUCCESS: AND HOW TO APPLY THEM IN BUSINESS can be obtained through me OR in Waterstone’s, Macclesfield.

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