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Faris Aranki Strategy & Emotional Intelligence

Having spent over 20 years delivering strategic change for the corporate and non-corporate worlds, Faris has experienced first-hand the fine differences between strategic success and failure.
His work has spanned numerous companies (from global behemoths to small start-ups), in numerous countries, across a range of sectors, supporting them all to unlock strategic success.

He came to realize that often what hinders institutions from achieving their goals goes beyond the quality of their strategy; it is their ability to engage effectively with others at all levels and remove barriers in their way. This has led to his passion for improving strategic effectiveness within all businesses and individuals and the foundation of Shiageto Consulting.

Over time, Faris has worked to distill his knowledge of how to solve complex problems in a structured manner combined with his skill on engaging effectively with others and his ability to quickly determine the barriers to a strategy's success. This knowledge has formed the foundation of Shiageto’s workshops, courses and methodologies. Faris believes that any firm or team can adopt these improvements; all it requires is a little of the right support -something Shiageto provides!

On top of leading our business, Faris is now an accomplished speaker and contributor for a variety of outlets.

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Q/ How Do You Eat An Elephant? &Raquo; 1 9Q9G Eb9Gmlyuzpv9Owza
Q/ How do you eat an elephant?

Look at that face*This is a reprint of a classic blog I wrote in November 2019, not long after I’d started my first start-upA/ One bite at a time of course…I love this ridiculous joke (not just…

Look at that face*T…

Look at that face*This is a reprint of a classic blog I wrote in November 2019, not long after I’d started my first start-upA/ One bite at a time of course…I love this ridiculous joke (not just because it entertains my nephews) but because underneath it lies the simplest of truths; sometimes if we only focus on the mountain ahead of us, it can seem so daunting that we never even take the first step. Whereas if we just break it down into smaller, more manageable parts, it seems so much easier.For me this is none more so evident than when I do exercise. It doesn’t matter if it’s a ru…

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Finding A Community: Such An Important (But Difficult) Aspect Of Starting Your Own Business &Raquo;
Finding A Community: Such an important (but difficult) aspect of starting your own business

Not everything goes according to plan when you run a small businessWho doesn’t love a bank holiday?When you are an employee, it’s basically like a free day-off but, when you run your own start-u…

Not everything goes …

Not everything goes according to plan when you run a small businessWho doesn’t love a bank holiday?When you are an employee, it’s basically like a free day-off but, when you run your own start-up, bank holidays are quite a weird sensation.As a start-up founder, you feel a bit guilty taking a day-off but, even if you wanted to do any external work, your clients are likely to be off so you end up having a semi day-off working on internal activities and admin.The latest bank holiday in the UK was a beautiful day weatherwise so I was up early and bounded to my desk ready to plough through a…

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The 1-Wish Genie In A Bottle Technique To Navigate Challenging Times &Raquo;
The 1-wish Genie in a bottle technique to navigate challenging times

That genie looks awfully familiarAbout 20 years ago I remember reading about the Stockdale Paradox in the book Good To Great.Based around the mantra; “This too shall pass” and the ability to con…

That genie looks awf…

That genie looks awfully familiarAbout 20 years ago I remember reading about the Stockdale Paradox in the book Good To Great.Based around the mantra; “This too shall pass” and the ability to confront brutal facts, it was highlighted as a great technique for dealing with uncertainty and challenging times.Initially I thought this was a great technique but it felt a bit too passive and melancholy relying on great stoicism.I’ve always been a proponent of another technique that I unashamedly developed 10 years before reading that book.It came from watching the hit Disney film Aladdin and i…

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Facilitating For A Week When Ill — What I Learnt The Hard Way &Raquo;
Facilitating for a week when ill — what I learnt the hard way

Anyone for a kiss?How much on an average day do you spend thinking about your tongue?10 seconds? 1 minute maybe? 5 mins max?I suspect I go whole days never even thinking about it.Well this week, i…

Anyone for a kiss?H…

Anyone for a kiss?How much on an average day do you spend thinking about your tongue?10 seconds? 1 minute maybe? 5 mins max?I suspect I go whole days never even thinking about it.Well this week, it was occupying my thoughts 99% of the time.Why?Last weekend I fell ill and caught a virus that caused (amongst other things) my tongue to swell, crack and sores to break out on every quadrant of my mouth (including all over the tongue — at one point I counted over 50 separate sores).I couldn’t sleep on Sunday night as I was in a lot of pain (it felt like I’d scrapped my tongue against…

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Your Relationship To Food And Exercise Is An Often-Forgotten Part Of Running A Small Business And… &Raquo; 1Il0Rsek2J2F86P8Ntzyy2G
Your relationship to food and exercise is an often-forgotten part of running a small business and…

Your relationship to food and exercise is an often-forgotten part of running a small business and this has massive implications for your weightThe scales never lieI’ve never been a skinny person.…

Your relationship to…

Your relationship to food and exercise is an often-forgotten part of running a small business and this has massive implications for your weightThe scales never lieI’ve never been a skinny person.As a kid, I was what would politely be called “cuddly”.At my peak I must have weighed close to 120kg and had a 46 inch waist — largely because I always had an unhealthy relationship with chocolate and sweets — if you don’t believe me, check this out.This changed when I headed for a year living in a village in Nepal at the age of 17 (it’s amazing what living at 3000m altitude, …

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How To Get Teams To Gel Quickly — Harsh Lessons From Holidays With Loose Connections That Holds… &Raquo; 1Xjoiq1Htp0Pg5Xczjglutq
How to get teams to gel quickly — harsh lessons from holidays with loose connections that holds…

How to get teams to gel quickly — harsh lessons from holidays with loose connections that holds the answerIf only there was more love in teams and that everyone was more nice“There are 8 of …

How to get teams to …

How to get teams to gel quickly — harsh lessons from holidays with loose connections that holds the answerIf only there was more love in teams and that everyone was more nice“There are 8 of us all nominally at the same level and we’re all senior but it is a total car crash. Nobody trusts each other and it’s led to so much sucking up to the boss, backstabbing, re-work and absolutely no decisions being made.”This is what a friend told me when I caught up with her for a long overdue lunch recently about her newish role in a prolific UK company.“As an expert in people dynamics,…

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Ways To Stay Top Of Mind As A Small Business &Raquo; 1Bgd1
Ways to stay top of mind as a small business

This is all of us chasing the moon[This is a version of an article originally written for The Portfolio Collective about portfolio careers]It’s arguably harder than ever to stand out in the modern …

This is all of us ch…

This is all of us chasing the moon[This is a version of an article originally written for The Portfolio Collective about portfolio careers]It’s arguably harder than ever to stand out in the modern world; not only does the average person consume about 74GB of information per day (the equivalent of 16 movies) but a lot of it is very similar and they forget most of it by the next day.This proves particularly challenging when it comes to the business world, where effectively many people are trying to ‘sell’ to the same people, bombarding them with info about their products and services; th…

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Why Do I Love Accruing Connections And Followers? It’s Not What You May Think &Raquo; 1Ktyttldb Jwgfkv669Laaa
Why do I love accruing connections and followers? It’s not what you may think

What would the movie credits of your life look like?“But do you actually know all those people”, a friend asked me as we were discussing our differing approaches to how we use LinkedIn.She’d re…

What would the movie…

What would the movie credits of your life look like?“But do you actually know all those people”, a friend asked me as we were discussing our differing approaches to how we use LinkedIn.She’d read my recent blog all about how I treated LinkedIn as a journal and was grilling me about it — I’ve previously explained in detail my evolving approach to using LinkedIn.“If it’s a journal, why would you be willing to let others read it and, why do you care how many people read it” — she was commenting on the number of followers I had.I know it doesn’t necessarily make sense…

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Losing Business Never Gets Easier — Writing About It Helps &Raquo; 1Myyu Bq3Bv3Rnhnxtroccq
Losing business never gets easier — writing about it helps

Me looking wistful just after I receive a response about an outstanding proposalI love running a start-up; it ticks so many boxes for me such as: the massive improvements to my quality of life, the le…

Me looking wistful j…

Me looking wistful just after I receive a response about an outstanding proposalI love running a start-up; it ticks so many boxes for me such as: the massive improvements to my quality of life, the levels of variety it affords me, the uplift in my independence, the healthy challenge to build something from nothing, the impact my company has on others and more.However, it has lots of downsides: loneliness in the early days, the amount I am stretched day-to-day, the constant challenge of cashflow and never being certain where the money will come from, the decision overload that goes with having…

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A Strategy Is Only As Good As The Results It Delivers: Why I’m Giving Up On Dating Apps &Raquo;
A strategy is only as good as the results it delivers: Why I’m giving up on dating apps

Data never lies - my 10 years of dating apps“44, single and not going to have kids”There’s nothing like reading your life summarised in one sentence to really hammer home your situation.This w…

Data never lies - my…

Data never lies - my 10 years of dating apps“44, single and not going to have kids”There’s nothing like reading your life summarised in one sentence to really hammer home your situation.This was the killer sentence from a financial report an investment company sent me recently.They had pulled together a summary of my financial needs and were making recommendations on how I should invest my money.Forget the stellar advice contained in the report; this was the sentence that really stuck with me.Sure, to them, these were simply assumptions for their report but to me, whether I l…

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The Anatomy Of A Social Media Like — Why Do People Hit Like On A Post? &Raquo; 12Wb5X4Ew2Qldlmoj22Cszw
The anatomy of a social media like — why do people hit like on a post?

The anatomy of a social media like — why do people hit like on a post?Me when I look at LinkedInRecently I downloaded my data from LinkedIn to see what my biggest posts of all time were.As an…

The anatomy of a soc…

The anatomy of a social media like — why do people hit like on a post?Me when I look at LinkedInRecently I downloaded my data from LinkedIn to see what my biggest posts of all time were.As an analytical person, I was curious to see if there was a pattern, something I could learn from in terms of improving my posts.Regular readers will know that I like a bit of LinkedIn but, as I wrote last week, LinkedIn is more of a journal than a marketing tool for me as I love being able to document my life, sharpen my own thinking and it allows me to look back at all I have experienced (who knows…

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Why Linkedin, For Me, Is More A Journal Than It Is A Marketing Tool &Raquo; 1Crlwhbvketvyg 5R Rmdqg
Why LinkedIn, for me, is more a journal than it is a marketing tool

This is not my desk nor hands“You need to post less” said the LinkedIn expert I spoke to this week.“The algorithm doesn’t like it when you post so much.”He was referring to the fact that …

This is not my desk …

This is not my desk nor hands“You need to post less” said the LinkedIn expert I spoke to this week.“The algorithm doesn’t like it when you post so much.”He was referring to the fact that the previous week I had been posting on average 3 times a day.Consideration of the algorithm may be important for some but it’s only really relevant if the only thing that is important to you is views, likes and other such aspects.I long ago came to realise that there is more to life on LinkedIn than just trying to be the most popular person out there.How my LinkedIn usage has evolved over t…

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“Feed The Beast And The Beast Will Feed You” — 3 Linkedin Examples From My Week That Emphasise Why… &Raquo; 1Fxoxxthejjiqjtbizk97Yq
“Feed the beast and the beast will feed you” — 3 LinkedIn examples from my week that emphasise why…

“Feed the beast and the beast will feed you” — 3 LinkedIn examples from my week that emphasise why doing this effectively increases my surface area of luckJohn Amaechi is such a lovely man …

“Feed the beast an…

“Feed the beast and the beast will feed you” — 3 LinkedIn examples from my week that emphasise why doing this effectively increases my surface area of luckJohn Amaechi is such a lovely man but how did I end up meeting him? Read on...Last year I took part in a interview with a class of British school kids in what was billed as “An Inspiring Talk From An Entrepreneur”.Each student got to ask me one question and I was prepared for a range of hard hitting questions.The students did not disappoint, and one in particular has come to mind a lot recently, especially when I talk to smal…

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Every Relationship Has A Half-Life; What Are You Doing To Maintain Yours? &Raquo; 1Sm
Every relationship has a half-life; what are you doing to maintain yours?

This is what you get when you ask BingChat to create an Image of half life in relation to friendshipsSomehow I ended up spending over 12 hours of my Saturday writing emails.That’s longer than I spe…

This is what you get…

This is what you get when you ask BingChat to create an Image of half life in relation to friendshipsSomehow I ended up spending over 12 hours of my Saturday writing emails.That’s longer than I spend working on most work days; so why did I do it? What were the emails about?They were emails to all my key clients, connections and former work colleagues giving them my yearly New Year’s greetings.I used to do it as a Christmas card but switched to a New Year message a few years back because I found myself too busy at Christmas and because the people receiving it were being inundated by other…

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Why My 2023 Failures, Rather Than My Successes, Are The Things That Will Drive Me More In 2024 &Raquo; 1Iezwt Vfvrejrkeseminwg
Why my 2023 failures, rather than my successes, are the things that will drive me more in 2024

GenAI helped me with an Image of a panda dwelling over failure whilst everyone around him is cheerfulIt’s the morning of the first working Monday of 2024 and I have chosen to spend it writing my fi…

GenAI helped me with…

GenAI helped me with an Image of a panda dwelling over failure whilst everyone around him is cheerfulIt’s the morning of the first working Monday of 2024 and I have chosen to spend it writing my first blog of the year, but what should the topic be?This time of year there’s a lot written about resolutions, that could be a topic.Are you a resolutions kind of person?I’m not and I’ve already written about that topic 2 years ago so this blog will not be about that; plus many of you may have already given up on your resolutions anywayI am a person who loves setting myself goals and, as I…

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Getting Under The Skin Of What It Takes To Run A Small Consulting Firm: My 2023 In Numbers &Raquo;
Getting under the skin of what it takes to run a small consulting firm: My 2023 in numbers

Shiageto is like this puppy; exhausted after the year we've had but excited for our growth next year 😊It’s the final day of 2023 and it’s at this time of year that people reflect on how their …

Shiageto is like thi…

Shiageto is like this puppy; exhausted after the year we've had but excited for our growth next year 😊It’s the final day of 2023 and it’s at this time of year that people reflect on how their year has panned out.For me, the founder of an innovative consulting firm that specialises on strategic effectiveness, it’ been a hell of a year.Parking for one moment all the ups and downs in my personal life [the conflict in Palestine, getting evicted and a stop-start love-life being some of those “highlights”]; it’s been quite a year for Shiageto Consulting.A year in numbersA few week…

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The good and the bad of being a LinkedIn obsessive

This heartrate is very erratic — my 2023’s LinkedIn impressionsAlmost a year ago I wrote an article titled: “Why I had to change my relationship with LinkedIn and how I did it”In it I ref…

This heartrate is ve…

This heartrate is very erratic — my 2023’s LinkedIn impressionsAlmost a year ago I wrote an article titled: “Why I had to change my relationship with LinkedIn and how I did it”In it I reflected on my changing way of using LinkedIn; I was Moving from being someone who would spend almost half of each working day on LinkedIn reading every article, skimming every post, wishing everyone I ever knew a Happy Birthday and sending congratulations for each job change.In the early days of my business I thought this was vital for building a viable business (and to keep me busy and sane) but …

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#Positivepalestinian — What It’s Like To Be A “High-Profile” Palestinian Small Business Owner Right… &Raquo;
#PositivePalestinian — What it’s like to be a “high-profile” Palestinian small business owner right…

#PositivePalestinian — What it’s like to be a “high-profile” Palestinian small business owner right nowThis is not really how you should wear a keffiyehI don’t consider myself to be a …

#PositivePalestinian…

#PositivePalestinian — What it’s like to be a “high-profile” Palestinian small business owner right nowThis is not really how you should wear a keffiyehI don’t consider myself to be a high-profile Palestinian (I mean I am no Bella Hadid despite what my mum tells me about my good looks) but it has become abundantly clear that for many of my connections, I am one of the most prominent real-life Palestinians that they have ever met — that’s clearly what happens when you post so much on social media.Take this morning for example; I woke up to a text from a friend who is a …

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