Hi there,

Thanks for visiting Think Oak!

Think Oak! is built on a passion for people, business and success. All of us have great potential, but many of us get stuck in a rut, or feel that we’re not capable of climbing to greater heights, or starting our own business, or doing whatever we dream of doing.

I have been fortunate to work for and with some great people and organisations over my career and hopefully some of my experiences and learning can help others as they start out or develop their careers or businesses.

Why Think Oak?

1. I love nature and for me the Oak tree epitomises the spirit of life. (Thus my other blog and passion Life Spirit)

2. Oak trees take a long time to grow and have small beginnings with the acorn, but have amazing strength, resilience and beauty much like how many of us aspire to be.

3. Oak in its natural form provides for its surroundings – shelter for plants, animals and humans alike; food for birds and animals; inspiration for painters, photographers, walkers and thinkers.

4. Oak trees have deep roots and provide stability to the environment around them

5. Oak in its altered form provides fuel, furniture, buildings, sculptures and most importantly barrels for making my favourite tipples of wine, whisky and bourbon!

6. The oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries around the world, including England, the United States, Estonia, France, Germany, Moldova, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Wales, Bulgaria, and Serbia.

7. My father was Irish and I have deep roots, like the Oak. The Celtic meaning of the oak tree includes attributes such as:

  • Life
  • Strength
  • Wisdom
  • Nobility
  • Family
  • Loyalty
  • Power
  • Longevity
  • Heritage
  • Honour

I’m pretty sure that these are values that most of us aspire to.

8. Finally, having witnessed it a few times in my career, if people have the belief in themselves, a great idea, are prepared to take a risk and can deliver, even if they stumble along the way, they can become mighty Oaks from little acorns.

I have a firm belief, that with a good roots (the right environment and encouragement), a strong trunk (belief system and support network), broad and strong branches (the right skills and behaviours), we are in a position to have longevity, deliver great benefits for ourselves, our colleagues and for friends and families and produce acorns for future generations to benefit from.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts, and I’d love to hear your views and feedback, so please drop me an email, tweet or comment on the site.


Follow me on Twitter: @MarkConwayUK

Email me: m@rkconway.co.uk


These are my views and not of my employer – KCOM Group.


13 Responses to About

  1. Hi Mark,

    Just discovered your blog! Love it! Takiny any good advice I can get my hands on at the moment to get through this horrendous bloody crunch with the business so I’ll be sure to keep logging on to it!!!

    Hope you’re well


  2. Victor says:


    I came across your blog looking at business tags and you have shown me more in a span of hours than I have learned in a span of 4 years. These life skills that you have illustrated in your writing has given me a different look at things. I am excited to get reading on the books you suggested and I hope to be able to use those tools in the near future. Although I graduate in a few months I hope that I would be able to use what I have read and learned. Your writing almost sounds like common sense. I hope that I can have a person like you in my corner when I need some advice on getting things done and the difficulties of completing company objectives.

    If you have any pointers for me as far as how I am able to apply what you know in a global setting of diverse people let me know.

    I’ve rambled enough, have a great day.


    • Mark Conway says:

      Hi Victor,

      Many thanks for your kind words. I’m so glad you have learned from the blog and that you’re eager to learn more. Stay in touch and let me know how you’re getting on!


  3. Simon Sharpe says:


    Superb site! Lots of really interesting posts. I really dont know how you manage to find the time to put this together.


  4. Very good written article. It will be helpful to everyone who employess it, as well as myself. Keep doing what you are doing – i will definitely read more posts.

  5. A really interesting blog …. I will read your posts regularly

  6. Jo Woolf says:

    Hi Mark, and thanks for following my blog, Jo’s Journal. I was very interested to read about your inspiration, drawn from the oak. Wishing you every success!

  7. Jackie says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog, liking my photo, and the follow. I appreciate it very much. 😀

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