Thank you and best wishes for 2015

AoA Launch

Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to and support the publication of our second skills book, “The Art of Achievement”. Launch events at Gleneagles and Eat on the Green restaurant finished off 2014 in style. We now look forward to more success and achievements in 2015.

We wanted to extend particular thanks to all those who attended the Aberdeenshire Eat on the Green event which saw profits from the book raise funds for the following charities:-

friends of anchor

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st columba

We hope our books helped you achieve success in 2014 and will continue to provide inspiration for 2015. Our very best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to all our supporters and readers.

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Chef Launches Skills Ingredients


Ingredients for Success

Fifty advocates of Achievement arrived in Aberdeenshire this week to launch a new book aimed at senior students, career changers and anyone with an interest in developing their skills for success. The Art of Achievement was launched at Eat on the Green restaurant before leading educationalists, business and community leaders. Restaurant Owner and Kilted Chef Craig Wilson had his own success story profiled in the book. Whilst celebrating the restaurant’s 10th Birthday Craig reflected on his own chapter, “If I can encourage just one person to realise their dreams are achievable with hard work and dedication then I would consider that a privilege in itself.”



As well as being treated to Top chef Craig Wilson’s ‘Taste of a Success’ menu and great music from top 20 iTunes singer Daniel Mutch invitees got the chance to help two good causes. ‘A good university friends of ours passed away all too early from cancer’, explained co author Neil McLennan. The art of achievement is in his memory and profits from the book on the night went to local north east charity, Friends of Anchor , and Edinburgh charity St Columba’s Hospice.


Invited guests also heard from speaker Dr Bryan Keith who spoke about achievement and success.


‘The Art of Achievement: Mastering Skills for Success in the Modern Marketplace’ by Neil McLennan and Kevin Murphy is available from and also on Amazon.

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Chef Cooks Up Ingredients for Success


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Achievement ambassadors will be arriving in Aberdeenshire this week for the launch of a new book. “The Art of Achievement”, has been written to help young people gain the skills they need to reach their full potential. Craig Wilson (aka The Kilted Chef) and Aberdeenshire based author Neil McLennan will launch the book at the highly acclaimed ‘Eat on the Green’ restaurant on Thursday, 27 November.

Following the success of their first book, Determined to Succeed, Neil and co-author Kevin Murphy have written this new skills based book which is aimed at those embarking on or changing their career and helps readers understand the key skills required to be successful in today’s world of work.

The book differentiates itself by teaching through story-telling. Taking experiences from a wide range of different people and vocations, ‘The Art of Achievement’ is a useful tool for a broad spectrum of readers, from students to senior executives. The educational resource takes a modern approach by exploring a mixture of career paths to learn from including that of ‘Eat on the Green’ restaurant owner and chef Craig Wilson. Craig’s own chapter reflects on his professional and personal journey and explains how determination, an understanding of good health, nutrition and wellbeing alongside giving something back to society are all key ingredients on the road to success.

Other case studies include:-
Jayne Nisbet, Commonwealth Games high jump finalist
Blair Nimmo, KPMG Partner
Angela Davidson, paediatric doctor
Barbara Hastie, painter and decorator

Two case study contributors will be at the a launch event. Ruth Smyth is a Care Sector Director and Institute of Directors Finalist for her work in this sector. Dr Emma Fossey will also help champion the books on the night. She is a researcher who is now Director of her own Company specialising in report writing.

The book’s foreword, provided by Colin Dalrymple, Chief Executive of the Scottish Training Federation, states: “Once again these well-respected authors have resisted the temptation to produce a technical piece of work, preferring to re-employ their winning formula of allowing others to tell their own stories so we can learn directly from them. The result is a fascinating and enjoyable series of journeys, each demonstrating that the path to success and the ‘Art’ of Achievement can have many different starting points.”

Adding to the praise, leading Scottish industrialist Sir Ian Wood, who recently led a government commission on Youth Employment, said: “The concept of a collection of essays each focused on a different occupation is a really good way to bring to life the broad range of skills that we all need, highlighting the key skills now required for the modern world and with indication on how these can be developed.”

Neil McLennan added: “Launching our book at Eat on the Green Restaurant in Aberdeenshire was particularly fitting given key messages of Craig’s chapter was developing various transferable skills. In Aberdeenshire the local economy demands that variety with food and drink, tourism and hospitality contributing and demanding these skills as much as industry and commerce in other sectors.”

Craig Wilson said, “If I can encourage just one person to realise their dreams are achievable with hard work and dedication then I would consider that a privilege in itself.”

The book is currently available for purchase at and is also available on Amazon and via US outlet Barnes and Noble. Enquiries are now coming in from as far afield as China to translate this book which is sure to be of interest to an international readership

A small number of places are still available for the launch event. Enquiries should be made to

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The Art of Achievement now available

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After publishing Determined to Succeed in 2013 skills development authors Neil McLennan & Kevin Murphy have spent the year interviewing more case studies of success and some new achievement ambassadors. After months of sifting, interviewing, writing, drafting and redrafting it is here:- the sequel, the Art of Achievement.

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Final case studies for new book interviewed

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This week has seen the final case studies of success and achievement interviewed as part of our new book to be launched in the summer. Easter weekend will bring time to do final checks before these are passed on for copy editing.

Amongst the contributors we have enjoyed speaking with and finalising chapters with are:-

One of the country’s best known chefs
A Commonwealth Games 2014 Competitor
An international CEO
A director Senior Partner from one of the ‘Big Four’
A doctor who has worked helping children in not only this country but also overseas.
An IoD award winning director
A world champion trades person.

All of the above and many more contributors will reflect on their career pathway, their aspirations and how they achieved success.

Reporting for Business

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Kevin and Neil are delighted to announce that Emma Fossey, owner of Reporting for Business, has agreed to assist with proof reading and copy editing our new book. All being well, we hope to be ready for final publication this summer. Emma contributed an insightful case study to our last book and we are delighted to be working with her and her business.

Reporting for Business specialise in all aspects of report writing – from assembling the facts, figures and thoughts that will support your case, to transforming them into well-written, authoritative reports.

More details on Reporting for Business and Emma’ contribution to our last book can be found at:-