Business Skills

WHAT: Business as an Adventure OR How to Think Like a Business
WHERE: BPS Learning Centre, London
WHEN: 20 June 2016 10.00 to 16.00
WHO: Stephen van Scoyoc (lead) Susan van Scoyoc 
HOW MUCH: £20 if booked via the Eventbrite link — otherwise £99
NOTE: Coffee and refreshments will be served but bring your own lunch!

Richard Branson recently commented in a forum “Adventure doesn’t necessarily spring to mind when you think about business. It should. It’s a mistake to think of a business as a business. Instead, think of it as something that makes a positive difference to people’s lives. Think of it as a wonderful adventure.”

I couldn’t agree more. Business has been my life’s biggest adventure and I do think, every day, that it has made a positive difference to people’s lives — from the people we have served, to the businesses we have financially supported, even the taxes we have paid, and to our own families who have received shelter, security, and the occasional holiday.

Many hopeful entrepreneurs set up business founded on a collection of myths and hopeful thinking, dismissing some of the hard won truths of how business really works. We can buy a book, one of millions probably, about setting up and running a business. Lollipops to leotards, we can buy books about any kind of business the mind can imagine, but unless we realise that business is a new adventure on top of what we may already be passionate about, we are bound to fumble and falter year after year, never quite making it happen. Worse, we will be mystified as to why, exactly, that is the case.

Think of the baker, who loves baking pies, and who fantasizes how wonderful it would be to own a bakery business and be in full control of those pies. Every day would be filled with the passion of kneading the crusts, spicing the fillings, and watching with delight as customers taste the delicious creations. A year later, the baker finds that she is seldom baking any pies. It’s someone else’s job now. Instead, there are accounts to supervise, ingredients to buy, leases to negotiate, retirement pensions, short deliveries, and an endless list of complications that  she vaguely remembers believing she could do better than her boss. He or she never anticipated that what had once been taken for granted was as complex and demanding as producing the product and yet it is that structure of a business that largely decides if the product or service is successful.

A business can be run by a recipe in the same way that the pie can be baked, BUT in the same way that a better pie is made by someone who understands how the ingredients fit together, a business can be better run by knowing how a business works and thinking proactively in a business-like way.

If you are passionate about your work as a psychologist or therapist and you want it to be more than just a job, then this workshop will help you gain the thinking skills and perceptions to manage it effectively and prosperously. As the years go by you will find these skills help provide you with sound security and a professional reputation.

You will leave this workshop with skills that include:

  • Defining what it is you offer specifically and why it will be in demand — or not
  • Categorizing and pricing your services
  • Costing your services so that you know exactly what your profits — or losses — will be
  • Setting up a working financial infrastructure from the outset so you don’t spend years catching up
  • Where to go for advice about taxes, pensions, business structures, and more. You might be surprised
  • How to deal with cash flow, the life blood of any business — large or small.
  • What to do with customers who don’t pay and how to collect late fees, interest, and court judgements
  • Insurance — what you need and what you don’t — how to avoid snake oil
  • Pensions and investments — how to ensure you have what you need when you need it.
  • Marketing yourself — including how to set up and manage your website.
  • How to take credit/debit cards and why this is important to your business
  • Security and your obligations to protect the data of your clients
  • Effective use of passwords, data encryption, and data backups
  • Why online computing is safer than keeping it on your desk
  • Choosing computer-based products that will make your work easier
  • Deciding if you need an accountant and what to look for.
  • Dealing with insurance companies including who they are and how to be recognised by them
  • Choosing offices — the many options including working from home, the real costs
  • Learning to put aside your own opinions and actually run your business objectively

There will be lots of opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions.

This pilot series is being offered at a reduced fee of £20 if booked on Eventbrite. After the pilot has been offerred the cost will be £99.

Come along and take the first step toward thinking like a business!


WHAT: Elite Series: Critical Thinking for Private Investigators
WHERE: SOR Training Centre; Moore Oklahoma USA|
WHEN: 22 April 2016 12:30
WHO: Stephen van Scoyoc (lead) and Susan van Scoyoc
COST and BOOKING: Free to Program A, all others contact us.

What sets an elite private investigator apart from others is his or her ability to think critically by putting aside all preconceptions, including those of the client, and analysing the facts and claims of the case before coming to a conclusion or a recommendation. It is easy to run a standard background check or simple search of the web, but Critical Thinking will fire up your brain to question what has been presented as fact; link unrelated facts with those that are known; how to logically follow a line of enquiry; and how to apply these skills not just to you investigation, but to your entire approach to business and life.

WHAT: Elite Series: The Way of the Warrior – The Bushido Code
WHERE: SOR Training Centre; Moore Oklahoma USA
WHEN: 22 April 2016 at 14.30
WHO: Susan van Scoyoc
COST and BOOKING: Free to Program A, all others contact us.

“Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed, do not squander your life.”

Dogen Zenji (1200 – 1253)

All those in public service, whether soldiers, lawyers, nurses or psychologists face times when we wonder what it is we are doing and why. Those who have a philosophy of life already know the answer. We know what our values are and what drives us to act.

The Samurai knew how to act. The Samurai are remembered for their fighting skills and their fearlessness but this arose from their practice of the Bushido code which encouraged wisdom, morality-ethics and compassionate behaviour. The Bushido code evolved from various Japanese influences including Confucianism, Shintoism, Chinese Taoism and finally Zen Buddhism (Soto School).

The seven point code is as follows:   1. Rectitude. Be an example of decency. 2. Courage. Be an example of fearlessness. 3. Benevolence. Be an example of compassion. 4. Respect. Be an example of politeness. 5. Honesty. Be an example of truth. 6. Honor. Be an example of good reputation. 7. Loyalty. Be an example of trustworthiness.

We need to ask each day whether we have managed to live by this code.

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