Watching this year’s Great North Run as 56,000 people made their way over the finish line after months of preparation for the demanding 13.1 mile marathon, reminded me of how frequently owner managers fail to plan and prepare their own business for the next period ahead. I know that preparation has been critical for those […]

As a business strategist and performance coach, boosting the effectiveness of family run businesses, I know that an outperforming team driving a High Performance Unit is critical to success. Seeking out and retaining the top talent remains a perennial challenge. As former corporate high-flyer Victor Lipman re-enforces in an insightful Forbes blog, the best managers […]

As CEOs and business owners battle with the on-going challenge to achieve a work/life balance, US business travellers have discovered the secret of how to work AND play while away. An American Express survey revealed that despite one third of business travellers surveyed making more day as opposed to over-night stays over the last year, […]

As the Credit Crunch continues to rage globally – most recently hitting Poland and China – whose credit crunch is spooking global investors – it’s important for business owners to remember how this turbulent landscape impacts on credit controls. With late payments continuing to be a major issue – as highlighted by a survey from […]

We’ve previously examined how you, as a business leader, can create high performing business units to boost your company’s productivity – along with how to hang onto your people by establishing goals and maintaining the communication momentum. We’ve also delved into the basic truths of how people are emotional – and how emotions affect everything […]

Now that you’re back from your well-earned summer break, how long will it take your business to regain its vice like grip on your emotions and push your stress levels way up into the red zone? With over three decades of working as a business strategist and executive coach to high performing family business owner […]

The disruptive power of the internet is increasingly wreaking havoc and failure amongst all types of businesses across wide-ranging sectors. Size and longevity are no guarantee of immunity from these seismic changes and family businesses are just as vulnerable. However, a simple health check can provide a valuable early warning system. With three decades as […]

In the immortal words of Parkinson’s Law, are you guilty of expanding your work to fill the time available? As an experienced executive coach, I’ve yet to find a business owner or leader not guilty of applying this law. In spite of promising to take more time off work – and to work less at […]

Among the top ten issues keeping US business leaders awake at night are failure to innovate and/or meet customer demand – and cash flow which is critical to businesses’ survival and success. We’ve heard from top accountant Steve Pipe why family businesses and owner managers cannot rely solely on reams of traditional management accounts to […]

Failure to innovate and/or meet customer demands is the sixth biggest fear in the ten top issues keeping US business leaders awake at night. Innovation isn’t just about brainstorming new ideas stresses Ira Kalb, professor of the Marshall School of Business USC and president of Kalb & Associates. He urges business leaders to create an […]