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Could Your Communications be Better?

04

Jul 2017

Could Your Communications be Better?

In just about every organisation we have worked with, staff have commented that communications could be better, but nobody seemed able to describe what “better” might look like! There was one exception. One managing director, after finding that cleaning out his inbox sometimes felt like a full-time job in itself, decided that “better” meant fewer emails. He instigated a campaign with his managers which was...

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Who Coaches The Coach?

04

Jul 2017

Who Coaches The Coach?

Coaching, and to a lesser extent, mentoring, are essential skills of the competent leader and manager, who uses these skills to develop and engage staff in order to achieve higher levels of performance. But who coaches the coach? Being the leader of an SME can be a lonely place! Whilst the coaching of staff by managers is very much an internal process, because of the...

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How to manage time and not let time manage you

03

Apr 2017

How to manage time and not let time manage you

If you found your way here, odds are that you’re hoping to learn how to effectively manage your time in many different situations. Maybe you’ve even read books on the subject or you’ve possibly even taken a time management class. It’s difficult to prioritize your schedule and plan your day. Ultimately, it’s often an overwhelming experience for many people. And more often than not, the...

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Is the idea of a job for life a thing of the past?

03

Apr 2017

Is the idea of a job for life a thing of the past?

With so many opportunities to learn new skills or do something different, the idea of a job for life may now be a thing of the past. Whether you see it as a greasy pole to conquer, a ladder to climb or a glass ceiling to smash, all the metaphors surrounding career advancement echo the idea that your job must be an upward progression. However,...

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Innovation v Compliance

07

Mar 2017

Innovation v Compliance

The battle between encouraging innovation on the one hand and on the other, ensuring compliance with the necessary systems, processes and practices in place to govern activities, continues to rage within many organisations. But which side is winning and should we let it? There is a clear need for appropriate controls, checks, systems and processes to ensure that things are done in the safe, effective,...

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Bottlenecks and Hotspots

07

Mar 2017

Bottlenecks and Hotspots

Bottlenecks and hotspots can create a chain of events leading to lost revenue, dissatisfied customers, wasted time, defective products or services, stressed team members and poor morale. Having processes in place to identify where they could occur and what steps to take if they do, can avoid material losses. A bottleneck in a process occurs when inputs arrive faster than the process is able to...

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The stages of personal behaviour change

07

Feb 2017

The stages of personal behaviour change

Many organisations change processes in order to improve efficiency and are frequently disappointed when the anticipated benefits do not fully materialise. This is usually because they have not taken steps to change the behaviours of the people performing the processes. Here are some tips to doing this. Stage Actions to take Pre-contemplation (unaware of, or in denial of the position)   Raise awareness of the...

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Why do people leave good jobs in good organisations?

03

Jan 2017

Why do people leave good jobs in good organisations?

It is not too difficult to define a good job but what looks like an ideal job from the outside may be very different from the inside. The same is true of organisations which to the outsider may seem ideal but with insider knowledge tell a different story. However, it might have more to do with the persona of the person! The ways in which...

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Financing your business

03

Jan 2017

Financing your business

Since the BREXIT decision was announced we have received a growing number of enquiries from existing and new businesses about ways to finance a business. Here are a dozen. Self finance Using your own savings means that you can retain full ownership and control of your business. Should you need to raise further finance, you will have demonstrated a commitment to the business. Organic growth...

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Vacation Relaxation?

07

Dec 2016

Vacation Relaxation?

With the Christmas and New Year holiday season about to descend upon us, we decided to explore management stress levels!



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