The name of my first book, written nearly a decade ago, was “Business Rules”. This was a guide to the pitfalls you could inadvertently fall into, when running your own business. Some ten years on, I would have written a different book, because this next decade is more, in my opinion, about business behaviour, rather than following any so-called rules.
Tasked as I am, without any chance of control to organise support and encourage others to achieve. One of my biggest challenges is to encourage those with ability to reach their potential, but who are for whatever reason unwilling.
Plans, plans, and more plans. As the New Year starts, we all have plenty of them. But First Women Awards winner Jo Haigh explains why the "positively rosy" kind are the only kind of plans to have.
It's my 25th year in business, a quarter of a century, just over half my life, and almost all my working life. To say there has been the odd crisis would be a monumental understatement. Frankly, sometimes I have felt I have lurched from one crisis to another. But still I have survived.
Some 35 years ago my mother told me the future would be female, then 20 years later when my own business started to prosper, I was told those very same words yet again by a wannabe employee.
My all-time favourite quote is Oscar Wilde's famous: "you may as well, be yourself as everyone else has been taken.”
One of the joys of being in business is without a doubt the opportunity to help identify and nurture talent in your organisation. As with most jobs there is often some degree of disappointment in such a process.
I find that people generally fall into two categories; list makers and non list makers. My daughters and I fall into the first category, (like mother like daughter).
Working as I do in corporate sales, I have multiple times become the Chris Tarrant of my world and helped to make 100s of clients millionaires by finding the buyer of their dreams, says Jo Haigh.
Columnist Jo Haigh gives some insight into the deal process.
Every day, every moment of each day we make a decision. Small and large, relevant and completely unimportant in the scheme of things, turn left, turn right, buy or sell, watch this channel or the other.
The man the hunter gatherer, the woman home maker, carer, It's 2014 for goodness sake this still cannot be true!