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 […]

Strong managers are often inspired, visionary, industrious, energizing and can display integrity, leadership, common sense and courage – while weak ones may micro-manage, set weak goals and belittle their people. What’s also critical is finding the top talent and ensuring they work hand in glove for the common goal of the business. We’d all need […]

As an experienced strategy consultant boosting the effectiveness and profitability of owner managed and family run businesses in the UK and across the pond, I’ve been involved in some heated debates on entrepreneurs versus CEOs over the years. Author MaryEllen Tribby makes a valid point when she says that the one mistake that destroys more […]

Tired of the ‘same old, same old’ ways of doing things and worried that, as a business owner, you and your top team are stuck in a rut and missing out on massive opportunities? Scientists scour the complexities, depths and breadths of what constitutes creativity and innovation – in my experience as an experience strategist […]

In the adage that actions speak louder than words – how well you listen tells your team far more about you than all the words and presentations under the sun. We’ve previously discussed how failing to listen and speaking to the wall is a key warning sign of why leaders fail. This was reinforced in […]

With many things in life it’s all too easy to talk about making changes – whether in our business or personal lives – because ultimately talk is cheap. However grasping the mettle and translating talk into tangible action is something else. The same principle applies when it comes to transforming your business culture – whether […]

Do you wonder why businesses frequently change their logos, decor and uniforms – and why supermarkets constantly alter the positioning of their products? What was wrong with how these companies used to look you may ask – after all everyone knew who they were and what they did – so why the need to change? […]

As we mark the dawn of 2013, business owners are full of optimism and grand plans for growing your business in year ahead. But beware the New Year grinch called ‘Busyness’ which lurks just around the corner and is poised to swoop and erase all traces of that fresh entrepreneurial spirit and buzz which fires […]

I’d be very surprised if you were not experiencing some degree of emotional fallout from the most difficult decisions demanded of you in beefing up your business culture to achieve better financial controls. Having accepted –  after much introspection and soul searching – the type of boss you need to become, your solitary path includes […]

If our previous posts on toughening up your business culture to ramp up your financial controls and make your business more lucrative have made you think, act and lead differently – then brace yourself for what could conceivably be the most painful challenge to date. Establishing whether you really have what it takes to make […]