Tag Archives: small business management

The problems with R as a single covid19 KPI

Posted on May 18, 2020

Roadmap of covid19 K{I

Like a good leader, Boris Johnson set out his covid19 KPI (key performance indicator) on May 10th of R. Since then there have been few updates on where England is on R. While there is some confusion of what R actually means. Indeed, mid-week the biggest media news item was the standard R of the […]

Who Assesses Risk?

Posted on May 14, 2020

covid risk assessment

Business has always been about taking risks. The original risk was that no-one would want to buy your harvest on the day at any price. Today there are multiple risks facing any business. The newest and biggest is covid-19 because its impacts are so wide-ranging. All business people need therefore to become very quickly risk […]

Covid-19’s Unreal Marketing Fear

Posted on May 08, 2020

Marketing fear

The covid-19 pandemic has enabled businesses and individuals to win, lose or abuse the situation. It also throws up a genuine marketing fear for many small and owner-run businesses. In these types of business there is a far greater crossover between the individual and the business. People buy Joe the Plumber because they trust Joe. […]

Ten Tips for Catastrophe Planning

Posted on March 30, 2020

catastrophe planning

For many smaller businesses coronavirus is a disaster. The welcome news last week was that the government was able to open a scheme for the self-employed as well as the existing schemes for limited companies. With all these schemes, there are some who will miss out; while others will be put off by the paperwork […]

The Danger of Big Ideas

Posted on January 15, 2020

Think big and small to win

Think big ideas and act big is the well-known motivating cry for entrepreneurs. This was useful when most start-ups were small and thought small and incremental. At that time, they were held back by their aspirations. Now there is a very real danger that the big dream is just that because it doesn’t have even […]

SMART Resolutions for 2020

Posted on January 06, 2020

SMART resolutions

A new year brings new goals for many in their life and business, but how many new year resolutions are truly SMART? SMART is a simple but incredibly effective acronym for any objective or new direction. So whatever aims you’ve set yourselves this January run SMART over them and make them more likely to be […]

Efficiency Blocker?

Posted on November 22, 2019

To do list blockers

One of the most effective tools for time management is the simple to do list. Particularly when the list is made daily and the sequence allocated best matches the need and time available. But even with the best of intentions, this sometimes fails or becomes blocked by an item. The longer that the item isn’t […]

Best Made Business Plans Flex and Evolve

Posted on October 29, 2019

Business plans

The old aphorism fail to plan, plan to fail is true in all walks of life. It is particularly true for business plans if you wish to survive and thrive long term. Plans provide structure and enable action towards common goals. By identifying key performance indicators, they permit measurement towards those aims and through understanding […]

Trust Me, I Disagree….

Posted on October 22, 2019

Trust is essential in business

We have all been in teams where we think that an agreement has been made to act in a certain way; but then someone thinks of a ‘clever’ way to wriggle out of it on a technicality. This usually happens at the key no-going-back point, which is then used as the justification because I had […]

What Did the Digital You Really Mean?

Posted on April 02, 2019

Blue Tits and intent

April is the cruellest month according to TS Eliot’s The Wasteland. It may also be the cruellest month in the digital world with big changes happening at Facebook and Google around assumptions of intent and behaviour. The Facebook Why Being British, when I read the news on April 1st that Facebook was going to share […]