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A Manager needs to know

No organisation can do without a manager of some sort, if it is to survive. An effective manager will save time, effort and costs, and ensure resources, e.g. people, are effectively utilised. In small organisations, the manager is often the overall business leader as well. To be effective as a manager or leader, it is […]

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I don’t do strategy!

How many times have you heard that? Maybe you have even said it yourself. Imagine what would have happened if the Greeks had said that when they were contemplating how to seize the city of Troy. There would have been no Trojan horse and many more years of misery for both them and the Trojans. […]

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Long live New Management

Recently, I said that management is dead. Lots of people agreed with me. However, without some sort of management we will descend into anarchy and chaos. What we need is new management, with managers who think and act differently. We need new management with managers who: Think and act like a Facilitator In these modern […]

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Business Jargon for SMEs

All professionals in every field have their own words to describe what they do as a short cut to communication within their own expert group. Unfortunately, we often assume everyone else understands these terms. No one will own up to it of course for fear of sounding stupid. No one will question a term or […]

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Growth Accelerator Grant

GrowthAccelerator is the premier service that helps ambitious businesses achieve rapid, sustainable business growth. It provides you with government funded support to help you grow. GrowthAccelerator will help you: Build a successful business growth strategy Discover new routes to funding and investment Unlock your capacity for   Innovation Harness the power of your people GrowthAccelerator will […]

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Growth Vouchers

UK Government pays 50% of the cost of using a Consultant!

I’m pleased to confirm that I have been approved to provide support under the new government grant ‘Growth Vouchers’. This will pay up to £2000 towards business advice, which you have to match. You can only use this with approved advisers. This is available to any small business with less than 50 employees and who has not paid for business advice in the past 3 years.

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Malware extortion – don’t be a victim!

Before you think ‘this must be another hoax’ , unfortunately it isn’t. I’ve seen this nasty attack twice in the last week, and the effect is nothing short of a disaster. The first you will know about it having got onto your system will be:
• You open a file, and find it is gobbledegook
• You get a large red message telling you that your files are now all encrypted, and you must pay a $300 ‘ransom’ for the unencryption code within (usually) 72 hours.

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Collaboration

iStock_000005993333XSmallI’m often asked, what is collaboration? According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. Collaboration enables you to share skills, experience, tools, knowledge, ‘clout’, resources etc. Done well, it can save you time and money, and get you more business faster. There are lots of different ways to collaborate and over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at the different ways you can collaborate and benefit your business.

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Creating a Unicorn

Green UnicornCreating a Unicorn – those almost mythical hybrid managers who understand both the Tech and the Business.

Management is the art of getting the best from your team, without getting in the way of allowing them to use their skills to produce the best results. This is especially true if they are highly technical or senior professionals.

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Share your fridge with an Elephant or a Giraffe?

According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. giraffe According to the dictionary, collaboration is where two or more people or organizations work together to realise shared goals. Collaboration enables you to share skills, experience, tools, knowledge, ‘clout’, resources etc. Done well, it can save you time and money, and get you more business faster.. Here are some key considerations to making collaboration work

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Are you an an effective salesperson?

by Jacqui Hogan There is lots of stuff written about the key success factors in selling, but they all boil down to these: Focus on the customer It’s very easy to get so enthusiastic about your products, services or even you ideas, that you forget about that very crucial person – the customer or buyer. […]

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Aim for success with great goals

by Jacqui Hogan   Why set goals? Goal setting is used by Olympic athletes, successful business managers and almost all high achievers to give them a clear long-term vision of what they want to achieve. Goals create motivation and help build your confidence. Goals should be clear As far as possible, define the goals in […]

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8 things Managers can learn from managing Olympic volunteers

London 2012 was considered to be huge success, both in terms of our athletics prowess and ability to recruit and manage a vast army of volunteers.Managing such a large army of volunteers is a huge challenge. Especially when most of the Managers were themselves volunteers. There is much talk of our legacy, but what can we learn as managers from how the volunteers were managed?

This is what I learned from being a volunteer Manager.

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Business Innovation or Conservation

Business Innovation, or Conservation ?

We all talk about the importance of Innovation; that you should focus on new ideas, new services, new markets etc. But, in our enthusiasm, often forget that the monetary benefits can take a long time to come to fruition. So should we, instead, focus all our efforts on conserving our existing business? In the current economic climate, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of focusing only on short term survival. Sure, for some of us, this IS the only option. But without investment in the future, in your next great product or service, there will come a moment when there is no more business, because the rest of the market has moved on.

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Be buyer aware

As some of you know, I belong to Toastmasters, and often do speeches there on a variety of topics. Last night, I did a speech about ‘the effective salesperson’, which seemed to hit the spot, so hopefully, you will find it useful too. There is lots of stuff written about the key success factors in […]

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What is Innovation?

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Business innovation is a vital ingredient in raising the productivity, competitiveness and growth potential of modern economies. Essentially, Innovation is the successful exploitation of new ideas. These can be ideas for products, services or processes. It includes both radical new ideas and incremental changes to existing ones. All businesses can, and should, innovate.

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Cashflow is for wimps!

Pound signIf you’re a very small business, you probably don’t think you need to manage your cashflow. At least that’s what many of the small businesses I meet say! I start talking to them about the importance of forecasting what you’re going to get paid and what you’re going to spend, and I see their eyes glaze over as they shuffle sideways to get away from this BORING person!

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