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When Richard met Dave McQueen

My friend Dave McQueen of Magnificent Minds had the privileged this month of taking a small lucky group of young entrepreneurs off to meet their hero Richard Branson. 

Below are the insights that he shared and his final round up of top tips.


  • When building a business from scratch in the early years you have to fight for survival - 9/10 businesses collapse - so do EVERYTHING that you can to survive for the first 3 years 
  • Some people build specialist small businesses - true entrepreneurs look to talk to a large audience, try new things and say YES to opportunities 
  • As business leaders the MOST important lesson is to LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN and DRAW OUT from people their talents, creativity and ideas - sounds to me like Richard is recommending that leaders are COACHING LEADERS 
  • Brand - get the right PRODUCT and REPUTATION - MOTIVATE people - make them feel PRIDE and BELIEVE in what you do - have FUN and do it with a SMILE on your face 

Richards Top 3 Tips 

  • If you are starting a business make sure that you are MAKING A DIFFERENCE to peoples lives and SHAPING an industry 
  • Get the right PEOPLE, MOTIVATE them, PRAISE them don't CRITICISE, you want HAPPY staff 
  • Marketing and Brand - get on the front pages of the newspapers, get yourself known, seen and recognised, then people will start buying your products 

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Darren is a serial purposeful entrepreneur and social innovator who loves working with senior clients in complex, agile and challenging environments.

He brings a straightforward, can-do attitude plus a solution focused mindset to everything that he does.

Darren is a father of two they keep his feet firmly planted on the ground. He is proud to be a trusted advisor to CEOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs and their leadership teams. He is an award winning coach recognised by the Association for Coaching, Coaching at Work, World Business & Executive Coach Summit, Global HR Excellence Awards and the World Coaching Congress as a global thought leader in business and professional coaching.

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