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Want some google in your business to find great new employees?

Many of the SME businesses that I work with want to emulate other businesses that are already successful, such as Google or Facebook, as they feel that if they copy their business principles, they are bound to be successful too, right? Well to some degree, I agree with them! I also believe that every company is different and therefore needs to do things that work for them and their business. However, it’s always good to hear about great ideas and learn from them isn’t it? I have wanted to get… Continue Reading
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Dont ignore Dickie!

When you think of influential people from the world of business, Richard Branson is a name that’s likely to feature pretty high up on your list. With a multi-billion pound empire that has included transport, music, and even his own private island getaway retreat, he certainly knows a thing or two about creating and sustaining huge success. With that in mind, it might pay to carefully consider his latest comments on the value of mentoring. Speaking via a recorded message to an event on mentoring hosted by Purple Cubed, he… Continue Reading
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Is your company culture getting in the way of your ambitions?

Did you know that 47% percent of people seeking a new job cite company culture as the main reason for doing so? In a Columbia Business School research study, 78% of executives said culture is among the top five things that add value to their company. It should be on your agenda too. Don’t worry though, I’ve made it easy for you – all you need to do is carve out some time to come along to my ‘Improving culture’ masterclass on 6 September in Oxford. I’m offering to lend… Continue Reading
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Has your successful business started going wrong?

Are you a successful business that’s growing and things are just beginning to go wrong, and you don’t know why? Read on to find out what has gone wrong and why – and most importantly how to put it right! If you run a successful business that’s growing but things are just beginning to go wrong, but you can’t put your finger on why, it is likely to be something to do with your people. The good news is that I can help you reach your full potential – all… Continue Reading
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Is your business summer-ready?

Forget the beach body, did you get your business summer-ready? Never mind being beach body ready (because let’s face it, mine never will be), I’ve been focusing on toning my business abs into a six pack for Summer. Have you? Traditionally, summer can be a quiet time for businesses. But if you think like I do, then you certainly won’t see that as an opportunity for taking afternoons off with a ‘99 and a flake! In fact, I am sure you’re probably busy planning ahead, as you know how much… Continue Reading
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Raise your leadership game

Six ways to raise your leadership game this year   Think that becoming a better leader involves attending intensive courses, gaining years and years of experience, or getting your head stuck into a textbook? Well, not necessarily. These things can all have their place, but it’s very possible to raise your game this Summer, by making just a few manageable changes.   If you’re ready to step up to the challenge, then read on. We’re going to look at six practical game-changers that you can get to work with right… Continue Reading
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Are you attracting and retaining the key talent you need for your business to flourish?

Be more savvy A 9-5 working week, 4 weeks holiday a year, and a corner desk were once considered perks to a job, creating satisfaction and loyalty. Not anymore. Today’s businesses need to be much more savvy if they want to attract and retain key talent. The so called ‘millenials’ have a different set of expectations; these days potential employees are searching for more of a work/life balance, and a greater sense of fulfilment from their jobs. They are more discerning. The structure of work has broken down and shifted,… Continue Reading
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Improving performance is as easy as 123

Improving Performance is as easy as 123 Ok, maybe not! But it doesn’t take a business guru to tell you that if you want your company to thrive, you need to make sure that your staff are firing on all cylinders. Of course, though, as is often the case when it comes to the tricky business of managing people, this can be much easier said than done. If you want to achieve big things, you need clear and effective processes in place to help you to get there. Your line… Continue Reading
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Are you in the culture club?

Five steps to creating a healthy workplace culture Positive workplace culture is what attracts talent, drives engagement, impacts happiness and satisfaction, and affects productivity and performance – all of which directly feed your profit pipeline. A happier workforce makes for a more productive workforce. Fact. It is widely acknowledged by business leaders that corporate culture influences productivity, creativity, profitability, business value, and growth rates.  In a Columbia Business School research study, 78% of executives said culture is among the top five things that add value to their company. The culture … Continue Reading
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Staycation or vacation?

Well the summer holidays are nearly here, and the weather is predictably, er, unpredictable! Are you risking a staycation after last year’s bumper summer, or are you a little more risk averse, like me? Full disclosure – I’ve taken some advice from the experts at the MET office and have booked a cheeky week of guaranteed sun, nearer the equator.  Just in case! Seriously though, that couple of weeks R&R is a really important time for me to unwind from the grind, so I’m not taking any chances and I’ve… Continue Reading
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