You’re not alone. Every company I’ve worked for uses Excel too much.
Business systems get updated periodically, every 5-10 years and in between times, Excel fills in as an easy quick way of getting an answer. But that quick ad hoc answer becomes the long term solution.
You’d expect integrated systems at a company like Orange. But when I worked there, they used huge complicated spreadsheets to do their budgets.… Continue reading →
I’ve recently returned from a two week holiday in Morocco. Before you think of sun and sand, we are a hyperactive family and we love the variety of doing something different every day.
We persuaded our 13 and 10 year old children to climb the highest mountain in north Africa, Jebel Toubkal at 4167 metres, though we hadn’t banked on camping in a snowstorm. We also made it to the… Continue reading →
Apprenticeships have become very popular as a valuable way of training young people on the job, supported by financial incentives.
But how do you determine whether a vacancy is for a graduate or an apprentice?
Perhaps some roles are better for steady permanent staff whilst others are more suited to a graduate? But how do you determine the difference?
Transferable vs Technical Skills
The apprentices’ role is technical
Apprentices are… Continue reading →
If you’re not generating as many leads or opportunities as you’d like, it may be worth considering help of a different kind.
A graduate could help your Sales Director by approaching their problems from a different angle. Perhaps they help to focus on customer analysis.
Maybe your company isn’t up to date with technology; using a single business system where all staff use the same data which can be drilled… Continue reading →
A graduate can help your Finance Director by addressing some of the problems which they don’t have either the time or ability to deal with.
These are issues that will help you run the company better and in some cases you are having to handle yourself.
Perhaps the Finance Director has been with the company since it began and their skills don’t extend beyond preparing the accounts. Maybe they don’t… Continue reading →
Taking on a graduate makes you feel good. Maybe it was you in that position once. They can breath new life into your business.
But then they leave. After all that effort to find one, you lose your graduate within a year.
Here are 6 easy ways to keep on losing graduates, not attract quality and fail to get the best out of them.
1. No plan or contract
Recruit… Continue reading →
Why would a graduate join your company when can you offer no career progression? Sure, you can offer a fantastic variety of work and give them massive responsibility. But then what?
I’ve discussed the idea of a small business being the first stepping stone for a graduate in their career. Universities and graduates are very much in favour. I believe it should be a key part of their marketing message… Continue reading →
The “that’ll do” principle is all about meeting 80 to 90% of the needs at a fraction of the cost of delivering the full 100%. It applies to the mentored graduate projects I run.
Why spend time forecasting?
Forecasts are overrated. To do an accurate one takes a lot of time. You surely have enough knowledge of the business to adopt the “that’ll do” principle and knock it up in… Continue reading →
Forget the grades. It’s a formulaic approach recruiters take with large companies. Surely for your small company you should find a graduate fitting your culture?
Smaller owner managed businesses have a unique culture. This is heavily influenced by you, the owner. It is an extension of the way you like to work, your skills & experience and your interests.
Your staff have moulded they way they operate to fit within… Continue reading →
Small businesses are quick on their feet and can make decisions small and regular. It’s a big advantage you hold over larger organisations who have long drawn out decision making processes.
What may take them weeks to act on, can be done immediately by a smaller company.
Taking big decisions adds risk, slows down activity and reduces flexibility. Save it until you’re larger.
This may sound like I’m a bit… Continue reading →