Your country needs YOU… to get back on its feet

If you are an SME then the Government is putting its faith in you to help get the country back on its feet.

You need to be in a position to grow and take on more staff so that we can reduce the unemployment rate. So are you ready?

Do you feel capable of taking on this responsibility? If you are not sure you are ready, or don’t feel quite capable, then read on…

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Is the candidate as good as they say they are?

The team we employ, whether in-house, out-sourced or our suppliers, are crucial to our business so it is imperative that we choose wisely.  Here are some tips to make sure you really are choosing the right team members to enhance your business, and to ensure that candidates really can do what they say.

Even if we think we are good at selecting the right team there is still so much we can learn! I have found that it really is a case of not basing it on just one thing (too often people place too much emphasis on the interview), but here’s another interesting perspective. Continue reading

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What will the new year bring?

New Year is a funny time of the year.  We say goodbye to the old and welcome to the new.  Many of us make resolutions, much the same as the broken ones from last year, and nothing really changes.

The change from one year into the next is a time when we acknowledge that the last year wasn’t such a good one, but the next one will fare for the better.  We always seem to be optimistic as we change from one year to the next, yet will 2012 really be better than 2011?  Did anything really change when you woke up this morning? Continue reading

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Are you in a winning position?

Is your strategy in place and your business in a position to win?

Over the holidays did you stop to think about where your life’s heading and what you want from your business?  If you are like most of us you will have done.

So given what you are currently doing is your business heading in the right direction? Are you implementing all the right strategies and is your business growing successfully?  If not, there are some things you can do to improve the situation…

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Are you getting the best results from your team?

How do you communicate with your team? Do you think it’s OK to tell people what to do just once?  Or is repeating yourself part of your communication strategy?

Managers who think they have power often expect to say something once and the job will be done.  Yet so often they find that the job isn’t done to their satisfaction and they often end up being reactive, fire-fighting, and repeating themselves out of frustration.  In this situation how frustrated and annoyed do you think the staff are? So how do you get the best results?

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How important is business strategy?

How important is my business strategy?

Business strategy is all about doing the right things to make sure you achieve your business objectives.  Running a business is complicated.  Doing the right things is not always enough.  You also have to do them well.  As the diagram below shows, the wrong strategy, or implementing it in the wrong way, can have dire consequences for your business.

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Are you hiring the right team?

The right teamHow successful are you at attracting the sort of staff to your team that you really want?  Are your staff all committed to delivering the kind of service that you need?  You can start by asking yourself whether you are interviewing in the right way.

Hiring the right staff to make a positive difference to your business can be a challenge, and getting it wrong can be disastrous.  But there are some simple things you can do in the interview that will help you hire the best person for the role.

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How to find some valuable thinking time

A tree in Shropshire

The tree of thought...

We all know the importance of thinking before we act, don’t we?   But when we are so busy doing what we need to do it can be hard to find time to stop and think.

Clarity of thinking is best when you are alone, relaxed away from the office and you can tap into your solitude.  So, what if you could find that solitary time right under your nose?

Now, please don’t waste it.

Here is my gift to you… some time to think…

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How to Identify a Gap in the Market

Find a Gap in the MarketIt’s every business owner’s dream to find a good market niche that isn’t already being served by their competitors.

So, how do you go about it?

It can be easier than you think.  Here are a few easy steps you can follow.

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How to tackle the current economy

With what appears to be the end of government funding to support SMEs and an economy that is questionable it seems that tough times are still ahead.

But this doesn’t need to be doom and gloom. Machiavelli said “you should never waste the opportunities of a good crisis”. And whether you want to be Machiavellian about it or you just want to survive, you will need to do things differently in response to the changing environment in which we find ourselves. Continue reading

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