Category archives: learning
It isn’t easy running a business. Just when you think you’ve
mastered one thing, something else comes along, whether it’s new legislation,
new technology, new competition, or new customer demands. And that’s just for
starters. I haven’t even mentioned hiring the right employees and keeping them[...]
Every business from huge corporate giants to your small business has one thing in common: the need to manage money.Even huge businesses have failed because they haven’t kept an eye on their balance sheets, and problems with cash flow is the main reason why small businesses fail.As[...]
You know your business has more potential but you feel as if you are stagnating?
You took on employees but had no management experience and now you’re struggling with the relationship conflicts and people not pulling their weight.
You envisaged an atmosphere of calm and kindness but instead, it’s fr[...]
- The market size of the UK Consulting services is estimated at more than ten billion pounds a year as at 2016 (www.statista.com). That’s a lot of money so why do people use consultants. Let me touch on how Management consultants can help you.One scenario that springs to mind is helping the small [...]
Recently I’ve been thinking back to my first few jobs and what I learnt from them. For many years I worked for my mum and dad in their tea room and memories are full of laughter and love. At 18, I left home and went to work out in the big city. What an eye-opener!My first real job was clerical a[...]
This week I’ve been reminiscing and it took me back to the days where as a child I was brought up in a home-made cake shop and tea shop in a tiny village in West Sussex. From the age of seven I would help out and it was a fantastic experience for a child, as it gave me the confidence to speak out an[...]
- In light of the recent cyber security incident, it prompted me to consider communications in a crisis.Have you ever been there when something has created a crisis at work and the news has spread faster than grease lightning? Gossip flows and before you know it, it’s like the Chinese whispers sto[...]
- Have you experienced approaching someone to discuss an issue and they’re half-heartedly listening to you and they just carrying on what they’re doing?
How’s that made you feel? Unimportant and a nuisance?
Sadly, what’s missing here is interpersonal skills, particularly around communications.
- Recently I sat down with a cup of coffee and started drafting my personal development plan (PDP). I’m a sole trader so why would I do that? Well, I wanted to make sure I was continually developing my professional skills for my customers as well as stretching myself.It doesn’t matter whether we are[...]
- Resilience is about your aptitude to bounce back from problems and remain determined in the throes of hardship. Often there are many deviations along the way, alongside snags and challenges. So, it’s essential to build your resilience to help you recover quickly from difficulties through building s[...]
I recently talked about making decisions through understanding priorities and urgency and then understanding the goals.
This week I want to explore taking a systematic approach to decision making. That way you will feel confident in the decision you are making as you’ve explored the evidence and al[...]
As Employers and Managers, we all can dread having difficult conversations and there are occasions when it can just go wrong, especially when you haven’t planned what you want to say. I can recall occasions when I have left meetings feeling like I’m the worst person alive and that’s not a nice f[...]