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The devil in directors: Are you a responsible boss?

24 September 2018

save your business - devil in directors Many directors and CEO’s throughout the UK have a true passion for their business and a genuine feeling of responsibility towards their organisation, as well as the staff that help to make it work.

However, in difficult times, when cash flow isn’t quite balanced and money is tight, people can change…

The boss that was once an advocate for positive attitudes and working together to make progress, all of a sudden becomes the devil in disguise and makes the lives of their subordinates the equivalent to living in the pits of hell.

When push comes to shove and there are demons at your door, some bosses go into self-preservation mode and as a result choose to disregard the potential impact of their decisions on customers and suppliers, as well as staff.

This isn’t the case 100% of the time, but most of you will have heard horror stories of this occurring and been disgusted by the attitude of those involved.

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Waterfall vs agile project management: It’s all oranges and onions

6 September 2018

Like many things in life, when it comes to project management the success of your project begins way before the work gets underway. For this reason, choosing the appropriate project management framework for your requirements is an important decision in any project.

In an ideal world, all our projects would run smoothly. Unfortunately, in reality, that’s not quite the case. A staggering 97% of organisations believe project management is critical to business performance and organisational success.

So, how can you be confident that your project is managed effectively? There are lots of frameworks out there and the decision is not always an easy task.

Have you ever heard of the analogy oranges and onions?

If not, I’ll explain… Read more…..

Set the scene for your video content strategy

23 August 2018

video content strategyDo you remember your favourite bedtime story? Of course you do!

We all grew up hearing and telling stories.

Our world as we know it has transformed from reading your favourite bedtime story to now watching your story unfold. I’ve heard through the critics that ‘storytelling’ specifically, video storytelling is now the next ‘big thing’ when it comes to content marketing. And there is no better way to tell your story than offering an unlimited amount of video content. Yet, this can’t be done without a video content strategy.

A staggering 72% of people would rather use video to learn about a product or service.

So are you ready to win an Oscar for branding your business?

I hope you’re comfortable because its story time?

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Finance for non-finance professionals: Keeping the boat afloat

21 August 2018

Finance for non finance professionalsTake a minute to picture your organisation as a boat navigating across the ocean. The ocean represents the financial world and like the ocean, the financial environment might have dull slow parts, and at times the waves may steer you out of control.

The most important thing you need to understand about sailing is that you don’t have control of the direction you go in, the ocean does. Unfortunately, in this oh-so-complex financial world, the same goes.

The question is do you just sit back let the river take you in any direction, or do you fight the tide? Read more…..

Sharing Secrets to Social Media Success

21 August 2018

secrets to social media successThis may come as no surprise, but we are living in a digital world whereby upgrading our smartphones is essential and communicating on social media is necessary.

In this ever-changing digital environment we now live in, the question we ask ourselves is, how up-to-date are you with modern technology? With new technology always around the corner, the digital world is forever evolving, and we are evolving with it but are we evolving fast enough?

So you may be wondering what the secrets to survival in this new landscape are? Well you’re in luck, here are my top secrets to surviving social media: Read more…..

“The Power of Leadership: Not all heroes wear suits”

17 August 2018

power of leadershipWhile growth is exciting for UK businesses, there’s no question that the world in which we operate is becoming more chaotic and challenging.

Let’s face it, we are all being challenged to face change management in all aspects of the businesses. What many organisations fail to understand is how the power of growth is impacting their leadership styles.

The question you need to ask yourself is how is your leadership style affected by growth? And, are you a HERO or a VILLAIN, in this case?

All heroes have different powers, and all leaders have different leadership styles. But it’s for you to understand if the style you have adopted makes you a hero or a villain? Read more…..

The building blocks to success: building brand awareness

17 August 2018

building brand awareness 2Do you remember building all sorts of things with LEGO as a Kid?

In my architect days, I was always trying to build bigger and aim higher, to only find out that my crafted skyscrapers would fall over without a strong foundation. Like LEGO, any business without a strong digital foundation will fall short of reaching new heights!

To build a stable foundation, you need to address four unique building blocks: Developing personas, a responsive website, visibility in search, and standing out through social media.

Think of these components as the base of your skyscraper, without one, it will result in the whole building falling over. With that being said, having a strong online presence is a crucial component to the foundation of your brand awareness strategy, if this is done correctly you can sit back and watch your skyscraper grow higher and higher.

So the question is how do you create awareness? Well my building days aren’t quite over yet, here are four fundamental building blocks to success…

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An effective coaching and mentoring process

15 August 2018

coaching and mentoring processCoaching and mentoring is an integral part of the development of any business and its staff.

It can even help to support the growth of your business.

A study found that employee retention is actually 25% higher for those who have engaged in company-sponsored mentoring. This makes coaching and mentoring an especially attractive prospect for those struggling to capture and keep the best talent in the industry.

With this in mind, we have created this process to follow for effective coaching and mentoring practices in your organisation.

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The difference between leadership and management

15 August 2018

Are you a leader or a manager?leadership and management

When you think about leadership and management, you may struggle to define a discernible difference between the two.

This subject has baffled many business people for years, so let us shed some light on the situation…

The difference between a leader and a manager is that anyone within a business can be a leader. A leader doesn’t necessarily have to be in a management or senior position within an organisation.

Leaders are followed by others because of their personality and influence, not their job title. This can make them extremely valuable and a great tool for managers to harness to produce results.

Good managers often possess a certain degree of leadership skills, otherwise they wouldn’t be in their position. However, the best managers refine their leadership skills so that they are able to cover all of their bases and reach organisational targets effectively.

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Progression to management: 4 Key skills needed to get that promotion

15 August 2018

progression to managementProgression to management can be a difficult obstacle to overcome, especially for executives aspiring to take their career to the next level.

Many professionals reach a stage in their career where it’s a struggle to take the next step for a variety of reasons including; a lack of opportunity, skill gaps, and stagnated business growth. So, what can you do to make sure that you can overcome these challenges and get the job that you desire?

Essential skills that you need for progression to management

In order to shine and showcase your potential to decision makers, you need to be prepared to work on your skills, take on more responsibility and demonstrate your ability to manage.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of avenues for you to explore so that you can improve your contribution to your organisation and be the first consideration to seniors looking for a new person to advance to a management position.

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