On Saturday evening we went to hear my good friend Lauren Currie speak at the University of Dundee. Lauren is one of the people who've inspired me on my journey in the world of design over the last decade, so it's always a delight to see her. When she introduces herself on stage she'll typically … Continue reading Believe in Better
Like most people today, I rely on technology to help me do my job. It's a far cry from business life back in 1992, when I left Ernst & Young and began my entrepreneurial career. Back then the mobile phone hadn't been invented - that would come a few years later - and the only … Continue reading My 21st Century Toolbox
My mum joined us for dinner on New Year's Day. As we were having a cheeky aperitif, we were talking about shopping - it's thrill a minute in the McGill house! My mum's not so good on her feet these days, so rather than getting the bus into Perth, traipsing around the supermarket, bagging up … Continue reading Innovations we take for granted
In 1990, Joanna and I bought our first home, a little flat in the west end of Dundee. I can still remember the excitement of moving in and having our own place to live. It's where Rebecca took her first steps in 1993. I cycle past there every now and then, it makes me happy … Continue reading Ordinary to Extraordinary – part 2
Yesterday I wrote about the fact that opportunities are all around us if we're prepared to look for them. Today I want to put a little meat on the bones for you with some examples. I'm going to tell you three stories over the next week of people who've done just this - made the … Continue reading Making the ordinary extraordinary
We live in a time when it seems that everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. It's sexy to be running a startup, working on the next great App. Putting a dent in the world as Steve Jobs so eloquently put it, when he snared John Scully from Pepsi all those years ago. However, the majority … Continue reading Opportunities all around us
We left Perth and moved to Aberdeenshire in 2004. It seems like a lifetime ago. Back then, Perth was a prosperous market town and the locals tended to look down on it's city neighbour along the Tay. How times have changed. Many of the locals still look down on Dundee, but living as we do … Continue reading A Fair City?
Argos (part of the Home Retail Group) reported its' results today, and they're shocking. With 750 stores across the UK, Argos reported profits of approx £3.5m. Sounds okay on the face of it, right? But when you break this down, that equates to approx. £84 per week per store. Yikes! Argos' core markets have historically … Continue reading Argos – a broken model?