Monthly Archives: February 2014


Push Your Team!

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Feb 2014

Push Your Team!

Be explicit. Does every team member know the difference between competent and outstanding? Explain clearly what exceptional performance looks like and what the rewards are. Spot what stops them. Help people identify what’s holding them back. Whether it’s crumbling self-belief (create achievable actions to boost their confidence) or just a chatty neighbour (change the seating plan), fix it together. And fix it fast. Empower them....

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How To Be More Effective – A Checklist

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Feb 2014

How To Be More Effective – A Checklist

Many of us do not step back and reflect on ‘where we are now’ and ‘where we are going’ in our private lives and our careers. Spend time making sure that you are working in the right direction. Consider the following statements and questions and think about the areas where you could become more effective: Know what it is it that you are trying to...

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Ode To My Computer

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Feb 2014

Ode To My Computer

I halve a spelling checker, It came with my pea see. It plainly marks four my revue Mistakes I dew knot sea. Eye strike a key and type a word And weight four it two say Weather eye am wrong oar write It shows me strait aweigh. As soon as a mist ache is maid It nose bee fore two long And eye can put...

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Feb 2014

Sticky Wisdom

In today’s highly competitive world few would question the need for creativity, in other words, finding new products or services and more effective ways of doing things. Yet in many organisations the culture ensures that any attempts to be creative are killed off before they can take root. So, when the talking stops, what practical steps do you take to encourage and manage the creative...

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Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws

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Feb 2014

Murphy’s Lesser Known Laws

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 2. He who laughs last, thinks slowest. 3. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t. 4. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool. 5. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability...

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Can You Find Your Inner Hedgehog?

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Feb 2014

Can You Find Your Inner Hedgehog?

The central issue for organisational success is ‘never strategy, structure, culture or systems’ but rather about Can you find your inner hedgehog? The three circles of the Hedgehog Concept is a management tool to help people and organisations morph from ‘good’ to ‘great’. So what is your organisation really good at and could be even better at? The Hedgehog Concept is all about identifying and...

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04

Feb 2014

Who Won The Whisky?

In November we exhibited at Expo North East, a major business to business exhibition held in Newcastle, attracting almost 200 exhibitors and a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. Our business card draw for a bottle of malt whisky, was won by George Quayle BSc, the Regional Director of Finance For Companies. Finance For Companies ( F4C) is a specialist in raising finance for...

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04

Feb 2014

Our Two New Associate Consultants

We have two new Associate Consultants, both well-known and respected in the North West, whose skill and experience will materially strengthen our ability to support SMEs. Colin Cheyne Colin’s 40 year career is split evenly across industry sectors up to director level, owning and running hotels & latterly providing business support to a wide range of organisations. He has extensive experience of business planning &...

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Innovate or Stagnate!

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Feb 2014

Innovate or Stagnate!

A consistent mantra over the last few years has been “strive to do more, with less.” Yet full-time employees in the UK work longer hours than the European Union average, but are 16% less productive, according to data from the Office for National Statistics for 2012. The 2013 figures are expected to be worse! “Work smarter, not harder” is another phrase that many people quote...

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