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, […]

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 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 […]

The thorny issue of succession planning in US family businesses has reared its head again in a Deloitte survey which revealed that only 50% of owners admitted to reviewing their plans when a crisis hits. As an experienced business strategist and performance coach boosting the effectiveness of family run enterprises, I found the fact that […]

Irrespective of the financial climate, one of biggest mistakes I’ve seen CEOs, MDs and presidents make over the last three decades is hanging onto the wrong people in the futile hope they will improve. They never do – and the longer you keep them on board the more they are dragging the business down both […]

Erick Hamdan – who works on value creation with business owners, investors and private equity building companies – reinforces how too many companies grow their revenue without knowing if they’re actually earning a reasonable margin. In the adage that “turnover is vanity and profit is sanity”, being profitable is critical at every stage of your […]

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 […]

With business confidence at its highest point since May 2012, according to accountants BDO, so it’s time to give your sales strategy a summer boost. As an experienced business mentor and performance coach who enhances the effectiveness, performance and profitability of owner managed and family-run businesses from Calderdale to California, I understand that keeping the […]

Keeping the spotlight on the increasing number of businesses that will go digital in the future, I’m looking to develop a digitalised on-line form of my existing What If? peer group forums through cost effectively engaging my Southern California blog readership and other channels. To make my digital dream a reality I’m seeking your help […]