Have you ever achieved something in your life that you are very proud of, and then someone else comes along and does it better, like being trumped at cards?

Well, there I was, thinking I had achieved that elusive magic element in ‘The Naked Leader’ books – simplicity. Simplicity in stripping down to the essentials, and then stripping them down even further, until you end up with pure common sense, which in this age of information overwhelm is, sadly, not so common.

Then along came Andy Cope’s first book, Being Brilliant. Full of the blindingly obvious, stuff we can make happen in our personal as well as business lives, and with bags of humour thrown in.

And, to add insult to injury, he even had the bare-faced cheek to ask me for an endorsement! ...

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