United Fans Boiling Over

Is football business or a game? Manchester United fans have been simmering for a while and yesterday they boiled over. The press will focus on the dangerous, idiotic behaviour of a handful. But beneath that, it’s worth noting that thousands of peaceful fans turned out to protest. In recent years tens of thousands have protested.

They are protesting at the ownership of the club by the Florida-based Glazer family. Their unrest is at the massive amounts of debt injected into the club balance sheet and the cash siphoned out to the Glazers. I’m already stumbling over words. I instinctively typed…


6,400

I’ve set myself the May Challenge of doing 6,400 bodyweight squats. I did 200 yesterday and today the dreaded delayed onset muscle soreness is wreaking havoc with me. As I type this I have completed my first 100 for today; I want to break day two into three or four blocks, to help me adapt.


Manager Or Entrepreneur?

I was asked last week if I regarded myself as an entrepreneur. It’s a good question. A few months ago, I received an anonymous email from someone suggesting that I was deceiving people by writing a blog post on entrepreneurship. So am I an entrepreneur, or am I kidding myself? Does it really matter what I regard myself as? In one sense, I started as a classic entrepreneur, leaving corporate life, putting up a good chunk of my savings and launching a startup. …


Lockdown & Mental Health

I live at work. A year ago we had a company day at Old Trafford and I remember talking about the exciting year ahead. At the time I believe there were single figures of COVID cases in the UK. The virus was almost an abstract concept. A month later we sent all our office-based staff to work from home. At the time it was an inconvenience. Now lockdown and mental health have become prominent issues for many of us.

A few weeks later it was apparent some colleagues were struggling with working from home. Huge uncertainty emanating from governments and…


The Overnight Accident

Someone reminded me how long I had been in my current role a few weeks ago. I said to them ‘I’m just getting started’ and the person said ‘that’s what you always say.’ Reflecting on the conversation later, I realised they had been saying to me I had been here too long. Perhaps not achieving enough.

There’s a different way to look at. I don’t buy the overnight success, the quick win. We all hear about those. But we also hear about the big winners. We don’t hear about the failures. The hard slog business and career progressions don’t get…


Younger Next Year was a book gifted to me probably a dozen years ago now. Written by Dr Henry Lodge and his patient Chris Crowley, it gives advice on “living like you’re 50 until 80 and beyond”. I can’t remember what’s in the book. I do know that I have tried to adhere to the broad direction of the concept for the past few years. It has paid dividends for me. Good health hasn’t been abundant in my family tree, lifespan particularly has been on the low end of the statistical range.

In recent years it has become more apparent…


Inside The Four Walls with the episode description for the podcast featured in this blog post
Inside The Four Walls with the episode description for the podcast featured in this blog post

Inside The Four Walls is a business podcast by Nick Morgan, focusing on the sports nutrition and wellness nutrition industry. I was fortunate enough to feature on it this week. I was given the opportunity to talk about the development of the business I lead, Science in Sport PLC. I’ve led it through its development when I led the acquisition of it from the family who founded it in their kitchen. A couple of years ago we acquired another complementary business. That doubled the size of the business. We now have 170 staff and sell our products around the world.


Winter wellness - a snow covered road to somewhere, white trees each side, forming a tunnel
Winter wellness - a snow covered road to somewhere, white trees each side, forming a tunnel

The Winter Wellness Blues

I know it’s not October for a couple of days and it’s only just Autumn. But winter wellness has been on my mind recently. I can feel the drag on my mental wellness; I’ve got the first sniffling cold of the season. It’s a time where I can start to drift if I’m not careful. I was going to type “drift physically and mentally” but the further down the road I travel, the more I’m sure they are so entwined as to be inseparable.

My biggest winter wellness trap is to start feeling a bit seasonally gloomy and then cut…


Working From Home - woman with laptop and headphones working from small desk, next to basket of washing
Working From Home - woman with laptop and headphones working from small desk, next to basket of washing
Charles Deluvio: unsplash.com

Working From Home

My COVID diaries try to capture the chaos and uncertainty of the last months. It’s a problematic diary to write, as the effect on our species has been so profound that it has affected all corners of our personal and professional lives. I could write for hours and not do justice to the complex dynamics surfaced for many people. The first entry is my thoughts about working from home during the pandemic.

I wrote about this subject a couple of months ago here, but the issue is complex and evolving. …

Stephen Moon

CEO of performance nutrition company. Executive coach. Startup investor. Generally curious. London based. stephenmoon.com

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