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 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 […]

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 […]

An economic slowdown, new and constantly-changing regulations and competition from home and abroad constitute the three biggest headaches keeping US business leaders awake at night. Forbes contributor Kenneth Rapoza wryly observes how the top trio of concerns – drawn from management and insurance giant Aon’s Global Risk Management Survey of 1,415 respondents – are those […]

In the iconic words of rock legend Alice Cooper ‘Schools Out For Summer’ – but as the boss of the business are you chained to the ‘slave cave’ while your family chill in the glorious sunshine? In the knowledge that practicising what you preach starts with you as a leader, we can all take a […]

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 […]

Reading Samuel Bacharach’s great blog on 5 Reasons Leaders Fail got me thinking how fine the line is between success and failure as a business owner or leader. The challenge is keeping on the right side of that line. In my experience as a Business Strategist and Executive Coach accelerating the effectiveness and profitability of […]