In a thought-provoking post from Neil Crofts, he looks at the effect of short-term planning on the way we live and work, and whether we should be challenging our notion of this.
How to attract the best clients? You’ll be surprised at how simple it can be. The actions are straightforward as long as you commit to them and work at them
When you're business develops into an organisation with a life of its own, you'll want to start giving it some positive direction.
Businesses grow up with a certain ‘culture’ – it seems simply to develop, often without intention. Here's why you need to examine your own culture.
Though not a fan of war, I was shown this speech recently and was struck by the underlying courage, dignity and respect for humanity shown by the speaker, Lt. Col. Tim Collins, commander of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish, as he summed up the task for the British forces waiting to remove Saddam Hussein from power in March 2003. Here is the full text of his extraordinary and… read more →
Many business owners struggle to make the move from doing things themselves to delegating work to their staff, and they get little guidance on how to do it. It’s a difficult transition and there are often a few problems along the way. Whether you’re learning to be a better director yourself, or helping a recently promoted employee deal with a new role, these guidelines can help smooth the transition: 1.… read more →
The key to good leadership can be thought of as the creation and keeping alive of a compelling picture of the future state of your organisation. In other words, a ‘Vision’. If, as you read this, your organisation has not provided you with a compelling picture, one that seriously excites you, then your leaders are not leading effectively. If you are the leader of an organisation that does not have… read more →
Your role as a leader is to rise above the day-to-day detail and impose structure on the chaos of ‘business as usual’. Form a clear picture of where your business is going and communicate it to your staff – not just once, or annually, but every single day! If they don’t know where you are going, they can’t stay with you on the journey. Show them the way, be a… read more →
It’s not an easy option running your own business, particularly in the start-up phase; the concept of working 9-5 may seem an unattainable prospect as you finish off work in the small hours of the morning. Once you’ve repeated this pattern day in day out, for weeks and months, you can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed at times. The good news is there are simple steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed.… read more →
Every successful organisation has their own unique formula as to why they’ve seen growth and healthy profit margins, where others haven’t. But all the consistently top performing companies worldwide share certain criteria which has led to their success (according to a report from the European Management Centre). We take a look at the top 7 reasons why – do you recognise any of these statements as being carried out in… read more →