Author Andrew Low

Andrew Low

Andrew Low has 27 years in the agricultural sector where he held senior commercial posts with leading companies in the crop nutrition and crop enhancement business. He specialises in the introduction and sales’ development of leading-edge technologies that are seen as disruptive because they challenge the accepted norms. Today, Andrew is managing director of J E Invest, an investment firm specialising in agricultural projects.

HR & Management
Humility in business is a key element of leadership

Success in business requires exceptional drive in the face of obstacles. This often means those that rise to the top have certain characteristics in common, not least determination. All too often however, that determination becomes arrogance, so I want to extoll the virtues of humility in business.

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HR & Management
Good communication – a secret of success!

The ability to communicate through speech is one of the defining human characteristics and has helped to drive our development through millennia. In business clear communication is of course vitally important but for a myriad of reasons we seem to have lost (and are still losing) the required skills.

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Do you live to work or work to live?

Eight hours a day (if you’re lucky); five days a week (if you’re lucky); with eight bank holidays and four weeks’ annual leave makes 233 working days a year. Assuming a 40-year career that’s around 9,000 days or 30 per cent of your lifetime – more or less.

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How does your company carry out R&D?

It is most likely that an in-house team of experts carry out R&D perhaps with assistance from focus groups or market research but most of the time companies look inwards for inspiration. This can be restrictive and often leads to new products being evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

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HR & Management
As said by Winston Churchill, never waste a good crisis

"Never let a good crisis go to waste" has been attributed to Winston Churchill in reference to the conditions post the Second World War that allowed for the formation of the United Nations. There is some doubt as to whether he actually used those words but it certainly sounds like something he would say. It of course refers to the peculiar environment that surrounds people in the midst of a crisis where somehow all paradigms seem up for debate and rules are to be questioned.

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