As the new year begins, you are probably thinking about what to do to make your business more successful this year. If you liken your business to a great meal, you will need to get all the right ingredients together and then mix together using an effective recipe. For a well risen business, you’ll need: […]
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“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” John F Kennedy. 1961 It is hard to imagine the impact of this bold statement, looking back from our vantage point of the next […]
Do you have a strategy and plan for your business? In an increasingly turbulent world, there is a bewildering array of uncontrollable factors that can affect your success. Faced with this level of complexity, too many business owners and managers rely on their ability to perform well in a crisis. Effective strategy and planning can […]
There are many risks associated with running a business, yet most business owners and managers don’t look at them closely, preferring to trust their ability to fly by the seat of their pants. The bankruptcy courts are full of them! Risk identification Risks come in many shapes and sizes but they boil down to […]
In the same way that you wouldn’t start out on journey without knowing where you are going (London, Australia, Legoland) or having an idea (strategic direction) of how you are going to get there (car, train, cycle or walk), you need to know why you are running your business. Perhaps you think that your business […]
Catastrophe avoided! I was reading an article today by Daniel Priestley about his experience of running a Catastrophe Report. It all sounds very good, but it still relies on your team knowing the processes and ‘pinch’ points. These can often be very helpful and are fun to do, but often miss critical risks. It occurred […]
What the difference between Leadership and Management? It’s often said, that a leader does the right thing, while a Manager does things right. Does a Manager need to be a Leader then? In our current times of rapid technical and social change, both inside and outside organisations, managers need to be effective change managers. To […]
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.
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.
I’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.
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.
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 […]
Do you have a strategy and plan for your business? In an increasingly turbulent world, there is a bewildering array of uncontrollable factors that can affect your success. Faced with this level of complexity, most managers rely on their ability to perform well in a crisis. However, with a little more foresight (and our strategy […]
Effective Managers will know what the wider business priorities are, and will be able to judge whether an ‘urgent’ request is actually important, or whether it can wait. And be able to manage those who can’t tell the difference. For more about this habit and to read my book about the 7 Habits of an […]
Managers are responsible for the achievements of other people – their team. You are not there to DO, but to produce results via your team. This also means you need to involve your team in agreeing the goals at the detailed level, but it is your job to create the mission and ensure that you […]
Effective managers do not wait for someone to tell them what to do. They anticipate and act before chaos reigns down on the team. For more about this habit and to read my book about the 7 Habits of an effective manager
Sometimes, having a leadership and management coach or mentor is just not enough. Perhaps you need a specific job done or you need someone to complete a specific project quickly. A Cocreative top consultant will do this for you. A Cocreative top consultant can help you: Set up an internal or external mentoring programme Implement […]
Have you ever wondered whether your business could be more successful than it is? An independent business review can give you an unbiased view of what is really happening compared to other businesses like yours. Our business review identifies strengths and weaknesses in how you manage your business and shows where you may be losing […]
As we all know, the business environment is constantly changing, but it can be hard to find time to consider what the impact might be. A SWOT is a well tested method that does not take too much time, but still produces the information needed to make good business decisions.
Are you fed up with no-one listening to you at networking meetings? Business Conversations is a facilitated group of business owners/managers who meet to share, listen and learn from each other. There will be time for everyone to get feedback from the rest of the group, on a business related problem or issue that may […]