Summer Break, A Time for Work?
Posted on August 29, 2018
Did you achieve a full summer break this year? Or did you go away on holiday and still replied to emails and made mobile calls? And did you fool yourself by saying that you’d only do this until 10am, but then kept looking at your phone? Or did you keep away and then get increasingly […]Read More
GDPR Practical Thoughts 1B Business Cards
Posted on August 10, 2018
Last week I posed 6 reasons for exchanging business cards. Each is potentially impacted by GDPR. All required thought about whether it was company or personal data and what the intent might be. In each case behaviour and processes needed to be considered to stay the right side of the law. GDPR Impacts on Business […]Read More
GDPR Practical Thoughts 1A Business Card Process
Posted on August 01, 2018
Welcome to a series of practical thoughts on simple business processes affected by GDPR such as business cards exchange. Today what theorists would call processes related to business card exchange. The rest of us may do this without thinking. As a starting point we must consider all stages of a process before considering the impact. Often […]Read More
Has GDPR changed Email Marketing?
Posted on July 25, 2018
60 days after GDPR’s D-day, it’s the right time to ask to whether it has affected email marketing. The answer is mainly positive. In the last 2 months spammers have continued to spam, but email traffic from businesses hastily trying to beat the deadline has decreased substantially! Consent is essential in any relationship Sadly some […]Read More
Why There is No I in Team
Posted on July 13, 2018
England’s success in the men’s football world cup is a healthy reminder that this old saying is true. There were no big stars around which the youngest team needed to be moulded. While the way Gareth Southgate managed and communicated with his players and others spawned hashtags posing the question what would Gareth do in […]Read More
Businesses Need to Innovate But How?
Posted on July 06, 2018
Any business that stands still, dies. Why? Because markets change all the time. If a customer buys your product and with repeat purchases your demand soars, then you will need to meet the challenge of scaling production. If it’s a one-off purchase then that’s one fewer potential customer and time for a ‘new’ product. Both […]Read More
Why Mentoring is not Coaching
Posted on June 26, 2018
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 […]Read More
Why Do Coached Businesses Thrive
Posted on June 18, 2018
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 […]Read More
Are You an Entrepreneur?
Posted on June 11, 2018
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 […]Read More
10 Tips for Successful Bidding
Posted on June 01, 2018
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 […]Read More