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Developing The Next Generation Of Business Leaders

Businesses need to invest in nurturing the next generation of talent. Regardless of the industry that you work in, how you and your management team nurture the next generation of talent in the first decade of their careers can have a huge impact on their prospects for the future. Given that the world of business […]

Read more July 16th, 2021

Apprenticeships during COVID-19

The government has released guidance for apprenticeship training providers (providers), employers, end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) and apprentices. It describes: how and when apprentices can safely train and undertake an assessment in the workplace, education and assessment settings the temporary flexibilities which apply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic It should be read alongside: the safer working guidance […]

Read more May 20th, 2021

What Can Businesses Learn From Jeff Bezos?

As Jeff Bezos steps down as CEO of Amazon, his legacy continues to inspire business leaders across the world. Jeff Bezos started Amazon as a loss-making online book store and has built it into one of the largest and most successful businesses in the world. Amazon is a business that is known for having high […]

Read more March 24th, 2021

Feed Forward Rather Than Feedback

People can respond negatively to constructive feedback – so feed forward instead. When we provide feedback to an employee, we share information in terms of how they are currently performing. When negative feedback is given, the individual can respond defensively. Even constructive feedback can be taken the wrong way. The idea of feed forward is […]

Read more March 23rd, 2021

Delivering Remote Training, Effectively

Providing training for your team when they are working remotely can be challenging. Delivering a training session to a room full of people can be difficult enough. Engaging with your audience remotely presents a whole new challenge. The first thing to think about is the delivery method. Your company may already have a webinar or […]

Read more February 17th, 2021

Can Soft Skills Be Taught?

A positive attitude, a strong work ethic, an innovative mindset, being a team player – are just as important to employers as practical skills and academic background. It is important to have teams of people who have the hard skills to do a job – i.e. they’re qualified, have relevant experience, can write code, design […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

Cultivating Creativity

Creative businesses tend to be successful – just look at Google, Netflix or Amazon. So how do you start cultivating creativity in your business? You can’t force creativity, but the right environment will enable your team to work in new and innovative ways in order to generate imaginative solutions. Business is all about people. Hiring […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

Innovation Champions

The word innovation can conjure up images of disruptive developments such as online streaming services or companies such as Uber. Fortunately, innovation doesn’t have to happen on a grand scale to make an impact in your business. Driving innovation in any business begins with creating and encouraging an innovative and forward-thinking culture. Allow your employees […]

Read more February 25th, 2020

Becoming A More Resilient Leader

We live in uncertain times. As such, business leaders need to be able to deal with temporary setbacks and recover quickly when things go wrong. Managers are faced with different challenges every day. These might include managing conflicts, dealing with increasing regulatory change or difficult trading conditions. Having the ability to cope effectively when under […]

Read more January 24th, 2020

Executing Your Strategy

Having a good strategy is one thing, executing it well can be a huge challenge. Many business owners and managers are familiar with the scenario: you arrange a strategy day with your team, capture the outputs and create a strategic plan. Everyone goes back to the office, the strategy paper gets filed and that is […]

Read more December 19th, 2019

The Power Of Saying “No”

It’s important to be able to say “no” at work without making enemies. It’s a simple word, but one that far too many of us have trouble saying. Perhaps it is because you’ve become successful by saying yes to every business opportunity, every request that has come your way, in order to grow your business […]

Read more September 24th, 2019

How To Raise Your Prices Without Losing Customers

The cost of running a business goes up every year, but when was the last time you increased your prices? Many business owners and managers worry that if they were to increase prices, they would lose customers. However, a customer will often be willing to pay a higher price if they feel they are getting […]

Read more September 23rd, 2019

Earning Trust As A Manager

In order to manage an effective team of people, you need to win their trust. If employees don’t have trust in their company and their managers, they can become disengaged. This can lead to high rates of staff turnover and those who stay are likely to be de-motivated. Transparency Honesty is the best policy. Communicate […]

Read more August 27th, 2019

Scaling Up Your Business

How do you scale up your business and take it to a new level? A scale-up business is any company that is looking to grow in terms of market access, revenues, and the number of employees, adding value by identifying and realising new opportunities. Scale-up businesses are the engine of growth for the UK economy, […]

Read more July 30th, 2019

Setting Up A New Hire For Success

No one has a bigger impact on a new employee’s success than the manager who hired them. Here are some tips on how to set your new hires up to succeed. Investing time in onboarding brings new employees up to speed faster, which means they’re more quickly and efficiently able to contribute to the business. […]

Read more June 21st, 2019