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How to Develop a Winning Strategy for Your Business

To develop an effective and winning strategy for your business, you need to think about and clarify the future direction you want your business to take. You need to identify what products and services your customers want now or are likely to want or need in the future and at what price. You must understand what is happening or changing or possibly could happen or change in the market(s) in which you operate (or intend to operate), and you should be clear about your company’s strengths and those of your competitors’ in order to mitigate any potential […]

10 Ways to Shorten Lengthy Meetings

Great meetings create efficiency. Here are some thoughts from Leadership expert, Dan Rockwell

1. Ban electronic devices. Everyone will be anxious to end the meeting if they can’t read or send texts or emails.
2. Send background materials the day before. Meet with a key player who can gather and summarize materials for the team. Review and approve all background information before it’s sent.
3. State the purpose of the meeting when you send out the agenda. State the purpose again at the beginning of the meeting. A meeting without a purpose is a complete waste of time.
4. Establish action items on the agenda, not discussion […]

6 Ways to Maintain Leadership Composure

When leading during times of uncertainty and adversity, crisis and change, leaders must avoid showing any signs of immaturity or lack of preparedness that will make employees feel unsafe and insecure. Here are 6 ways to maintain your leadership composure during the most pressure-packed moments:

1. Don’t allow your emotions to get in the way
Seasoned leaders know they must not to wear their emotions on their sleeves. They don’t yell or get overly animated when times get tough. Experienced leaders have sufficient emotional self-control that their body language doesn’t give anything away. If leaders allow their […]

Business Owners Need to be Accountable Too!

Why business owners should consider hiring an executive coach: by Pat Doody founder of WONGDOODY

One of the more puzzling and precarious realities about how owners lead businesses these days is the vast numbers who do so with little to no accountability. Every other employee is subject to scrutiny and performance reviews. Except if you’re the company King, The Boss Boss. But is that truly viable and sustainable?

Kudos are certainly due to owners for having the smarts, vision, courage and stamina to own the company. Many of you actually founded it. Congratulations. But owners would readily admit (more…)

7 Tips to Become a Great Presenter

I sit through many, many presentations, often given by very senior people. Many fail to engage me and I frequently find my mind wandering. Being able to present well is a key skill for all leaders and aspiring leaders. So what is the difference between a presentation that captivates me and one that, quite frankly, bores me?

Here are some key differences between the two to help you become a more motivating and effective presenter:

Don’t use your slides as a script: We can all read so if all you are going to do is read some slides, there is little […]

Successfully Manage Your Remote Teams

In today’s business world, teams are often likely to have members that are remote from one another. Teams can consist of a variety of members, some of whom might participate on an ad-hoc or part-time basis, and it’s possible that they may never see each other in person. From a manager’s perspective, this sounds very difficult. However there are ways to successfully manage remote individuals and teams. Here are a few things to consider (more…)

3 Things to Do to Build a Positive Culture

How does a business leader or senior manager go about developing and improving their company culture? How do you know if it’s working? 

1. Create a meaningful purpose statement and be clear about your core values

I’ve long held the view that organisations should have a clear and defined purpose that is inspiring and motivating for both customers and employees alike. This should be a higher purpose than just making money, as important as making profit is! For example, are you making medical devices or saving lives? Are you building houses or creating communities where people can live a wonderful life?

Spend […]

Don’t Waste Your Money on Coaching!

Many businesses now regularly use coaching to address a variety of strategic, operational and developmental issues.  These range from enabling people to become more effective as a business leader or manager, transition successfully to a more senior role, increase sales volumes and revenues, or to deliver important projects in full, on time within complex, multi-cultural organisations with matrix working environments.

But how do you ensure you are getting the best return on your investment from coaching? (more…)

The Impact of Gen Y on Business Leadership

Olaf Swantee, the CEO of EE (Everything Everywhere), wrote an interesting article following research he commissioned by Deloitte (Upwardly Mobile: Redefining business mobility in Britain http://tinyurl.com/oxs7h88) about what he considers will be the impact of Gen Y (those currently aged 33 and under) on how businesses are led in the future. As Jack Welch, one of the most celebrated business leaders of the 20th Century, puts it: “Generation Y is the most exciting group in the world. They want to do their own thing, they want to change the world. Technology’s changed so fast. The internet’s come, they can […]

By |March 25th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Engage and Retain Your Talent

A business needs to identify, engage and retain their talent if they are to continue to grow and succeed in today’s highly competitive world. This is especially important in key industries where the ability to identify, recruit and retain talent is a lead measure of success (or failure). Product innovation, making new markets instead of passively responding to customers’ demands and the ability to predict the future direction of your market are key measures of whether your business will succeed in the long term.  And make no mistake, the war for talent is still on!

So, if you have been […]

By |January 31st, 2014|News|0 Comments