I was a small business owner for nine years, running a family winery with my husband. So I have a very real understanding of the challenges as well as the triumphs involved.
I used to hold breakfasts with groups of employees to discuss aspects of our business and allow them the opportunity to ask questions. In one of those, I learned a valuable lesson.
One of the key components within a business that can continue to drive it forward is your team, but sadly they are often overlooked.
Are you tracking all of your competitors’ moves and spending a significant amount of time every day deciding how to react to (and outdo) those moves?
He’s held roles at businesses including Thomas Cook, Homeserve and Wonga, but now Russell Gould has picked his next challenge – disrupting the private rental property sector.
What do we mean by the term high achievers? It’s the people who make stuff happen. Not just the small things – yes, they do those too – but the big things as well.
A year after his article on developing company vision and values, Richard Blanford explains how they have been distilled into key behaviours that all Fordway staff are asked to exhibit.
You’ve got the idea. You’ve got the product. You’ve even got the business cards. The only missing piece is the money to make it all happen, so you reach out to investors – but how can you win them over?
Your business is expanding. You’re obtaining more customers, establishing offices world-wide and filling holes in production as well as acquiring additional skill sets from new staff. But hopefully you set out some core values beforehand.
In some ways, leadership is like travelling by aeroplane. Whilst turbulence is normal, it requires an experienced hand to avoid any major issues and confidently steer everybody to the intended destination.
New Zealand’s All Blacks rugby team won 86 per cent of their games in recent years. Manchester United football club in its heyday vexed its opponents by often winning games in extra time. What it all boils down to is that you’ll instantly know a high-performing organisation when you see one.
In today’s highly competitive, digitally-powered marketplace, the temptation for any business can be to “get out there” with a splurge of marketing activity to build profile and presence. But one of the most important things to do is step back and try defining your brand.