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Business Stories: Why They’re Important and How To Write

Business Stories: Why They’re Important and How To Write

If you're in business, you're also in the business of writing. What’s more, the style of writing you have to get right is the one that most of us struggle with, namely writing business stories. You’re probably at the point of baling out of this article. After all,...

How to Get Serious with Your Social Media Strategy

How to Get Serious with Your Social Media Strategy

Do you have a social media strategy? If you don’t yet have a social media strategy, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Most of us have jumped straight into sharing content that we find useful. As well as adding our own thoughts or points of view to the burning issues of...

Good to Great: How to Win with Continuous Improvement

Good to Great: How to Win with Continuous Improvement

This is a true tale of continuous improvement. It’s drawn from the world of elite sport. But has clear lessons for the world of business. Everyone loves a “rags to riches” story. It inspires and provides hope that no matter how humble our beginnings, we too might...

What to Look for in a Business Consultant

What to Look for in a Business Consultant

If you’re looking for a business consultant, you may need to look beyond the big corporate names. Why? Because more often than not you’re hiring an individual to work with rather than a group of people. And that individual has to deliver results working together with...

What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Consulting Firm

What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Consulting Firm

It’s simple to start a consulting firm. All you need is a clearly defined area of expertise, a strong network of contacts and the ability to deliver results. If you’re already successful in business, it may even seem like a natural career progression. After all, if...

The Truth About 6 Popular Myths About Business Consultants

The Truth About 6 Popular Myths About Business Consultants

There are many myths about business consultants which have sprung up over the years. Some of the statements you hear are misguided. Others are misleading. Some are simply wrong. In fact, business consultants seem to be one of those professions which have gained a...

How to Speak “Business English”

How to Speak “Business English”

Business English is the international language of business, born in Britain, and yet: When it comes to meetings conducted in English with different nationalities, it is the British themselves that others often find the most difficult to understand. Why? Because we...

Effectiveness and Efficiency – How to Strike the Right Balance

Effectiveness and Efficiency – How to Strike the Right Balance

Do you know how to strike the right balance between effectiveness and efficiency? Peak performance comes when you hit that “sweet spot” of being efficient and effective in equal measure. The late, great Peter Drucker, defined efficiency as doing things right and...

Winning Teams Do These 5 Things Brilliantly

Winning Teams Do These 5 Things Brilliantly

We all want to be part of winning teams, don’t we? But in today’s ultra-competitive business environment, winning has never been more difficult. Football is big business. Nowhere is more competitive than the Premier League. So, what can you learn from this season’s...

What’s Your 2020 Vision?

What’s Your 2020 Vision?

Do you have 2020 vision? Does it feels like there is something magical about the year to come? Could it be the symmetry of numbers? Or the dawn of a new decade? Or the simple promise of a fresh start on this New Year’s Day? Whatever the reason, it is time to look...

Business Acronyms – How to Avoid/Decode Them

Business Acronyms – How to Avoid/Decode Them

Business acronyms are everywhere Are you ITK? Or could you do with a little help? An exasperated Elon Musk famously wrote:  "Acronyms Seriously Suck!"Elon Musk Why? Because acronyms can be a barrier to effective communication. If you are in the know ("ITK"), they...

How to Survive Working for Big Companies

How to Survive Working for Big Companies

Big companies attract the best and brightest talent It’s no secret that talented people are drawn to the world’s big companies. Opportunities abound to: Work on pioneering projectsGain access to state-of-the-art tools and equipmentUndergo structured training and...

How to Stop Your Business Flogging a Dead Horse

How to Stop Your Business Flogging a Dead Horse

Are you flogging a dead horse? Business growth is fuelled by innovation, creativity and daring to be different. But many once great companies are flat lining or have even gone into reverse. Senior managers cling on to outdated business models, seeking marginal gains...

Small Business Success – Ten Tips for New Entrepreneurs

Small Business Success – Ten Tips for New Entrepreneurs

Small business success eludes many for whom starting their own business is a burning ambition. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whilst there is no secret recipe for success, you can definitely improve your chances by following these ten simple tips: Tip 1 – Be...

Risk Versus Reward. What is the Right Decision?

Risk Versus Reward. What is the Right Decision?

Risk versus reward. Sport like business is a high-risk winner takes all game. It's not easy to judge whether the risk will pay off. "You win the game and you're a hero. You make the wrong call and you're a zero" This was the post-match judgement of Wales Rugby Union...

Inspirational Women Make a Positive Impact on Business

Inspirational Women Make a Positive Impact on Business

International Women’s Day marks an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women making a positive impact on business. Increasingly, talented women across the world are changing the way that businesses operate. This benefits customers, employees,...

Secrets of Success of 4 of Britain’s Best Businesspeople

Secrets of Success of 4 of Britain’s Best Businesspeople

Their own inspirational words shine a light on the secrets of success of 4 of Britain’s best businesspeople. These UK entrepreneurs have built their personal and business brands from scratch. What can we learn from them? Secret of Success No 1 - Hard Work Karen Brady...

3 Books to Help You Get Better at Business Leadership

3 Books to Help You Get Better at Business Leadership

It’s that time of the year again when thoughts turn to how to get better at business. Only on reality TV shows like The Apprentice will you hear business people claim to be the “complete package”. And of course, they turn out to be anything but. The old business adage...

3 Ways to Make More Profit Without Selling More

3 Ways to Make More Profit Without Selling More

“Revenue is vanity; profit is sanity, but cash is reality”Anon However, it seems that many CEOs are revenue growth junkies Annual reports are packed full of ambitious plans to increase sales in order to increase profit. The old maxim “grow or die” applies with a...

Are You Missing a Valuable Way to Gain More Customer Loyalty?

Are You Missing a Valuable Way to Gain More Customer Loyalty?

Companies of all shapes and sizes are working hard to promote customer loyalty. There seems no limit to the ingenuity of pre-purchase schemes such as trade-ins on old products, discounted subscription fees or free add-ons. Important as these incentives may be to some...

4 Important Reasons Why Customers Value Product Support

4 Important Reasons Why Customers Value Product Support

Consumers increasingly are looking to manufacturers to support their products long after the original guarantee has expired. Which is why manufacturers should no longer shy away from promoting product support packages for fear of detracting from the quality image that...

The Seven Secrets of Playing to Win

The Seven Secrets of Playing to Win

The excellent World Cup winning football team epitomised the seven secrets of playing to win. For a time after their success, there was a surge in interest in all things German. As a self confessed Germanophile as well as an ardent football fan, I was particularly...

What the Costa Rican Football Team Teaches Us about Teamwork

What the Costa Rican Football Team Teaches Us about Teamwork

Teamwork takes you a very long way in football and in business. This year’s thrilling World Cup has now reached the semi-final stage and four of the “big teams” are bearing down on the glittering prize. But whatever happens from here on in, for many people the most...