Why Mentoring is not Coaching

Posted on June 26, 2018

Aimed Business Opinion

As a Gloucestershire Growth Hub and Warwick Business School Alumni mentor, I’m often in conversations about the differences between coaching, mentoring and consulting. Some believe each of these to be distinctly different. Yet often the skills and methodologies that might be deployed can seem the same. This in practice those distinctions are blurred. My own […]

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Why Do Coached Businesses Thrive

Posted on June 18, 2018

Business Coach

Research shows that coached businesses thrive. Over 90% of coached senior teams have clarity on their business vision compared to only 14% of un-coached organisations. Moreover 56% had increased staff and on average report a 700% ROI on their coaching investment. With start-up and growth companies the statistics are even stronger in terms of survival […]

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Are You an Entrepreneur?

Posted on June 11, 2018

Entrepreneurship and grow your business

Various words come into vogue and then get extended so they become meaningless. Entrepreneur is just such a word. In the last 20 years, it hasn’t been enough to run or own a small business what you needed to strive for is to be an entrepreneur. And then even large companies and public bodies started […]

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10 Tips for Successful Bidding

Posted on June 01, 2018

Successful Strategic Plans

Although EU funding has rapidly declined, there is still a wide range of funding available looking for good bids. Successful bidding is about finding the right funds. Note that funds in the previous sentence is plural. Any project will require at least 2 sources of funds as you are very unlikely to be given all […]

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Thank GDPR, I’m So Popular

Posted on May 23, 2018

GDPR cover the detail or face the bill

I don’t know whether it’s the same with you, but I’ve never been so popular this last week. All my old friends and companies I’ve barely heard of are getting in touch to thank me and ask me to stay on their databases for the sake of GDPR. Some particular favourites stand out. Pseudo-phishers Companies […]

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Why No One Likes to Sell is Untrue

Posted on May 17, 2018

Business Growth

From the latest start-up to the oldest established company, how often is the refrain heard, ‘I don’t like to sell’ or ‘I’m not a salesperson’. Yet selling is fundamental to business growth and a necessary activity for business survival. Without sales there is no company however large it may have grown. And don’t be fooled […]

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Five Threats Being Tackled By GDPR

Posted on May 11, 2018

Aimed Business Thoughts

Only a fortnight to go before the May 25th GDPR deadline. Talking to organisations there is the expected flurry of activity to be compliant and the expected promotions offering solutions. So it’s a good time to remind ourselves what GDPR is trying to address. Data Breach GDPR is in part a response to the significant […]

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Was I Right to Delay Becoming GDPR Compliant?

Posted on April 24, 2018

Business Strategy Information

A year ago I wrote 3 blogs on what businesses needed to do in order to be GDPR compliant in time for May 25th 2018. At the time much was about definitions as the requirements of the Regulation were being worked upon. Now there are answers for most (but not all) areas so time for […]

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Creating Successful Strategic Plans

Posted on April 03, 2018

Successful Strategic Plans

As a Business Coach and Marketing Consultant, I often work in the strategic arena. Both of these roles require the ability to plan effectively. This means thinking through the issues that may arise so that the way forward is still clear, when the expected and unexpected occur. It also means recognising that no strategy ever […]

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10 Key Things to Look for in a Business Coach

Posted on March 05, 2018

Business Coach

Choosing a business coach is not easy. Firstly you have to agree that getting one is a proven way to improve your business and achieve the goals that you want. Secondly you have to sort through all the business coaches on the web, social media and networking to find the one for you. And then […]

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