ReWork by Jason Fried is all about modern business practices. How to work smarter with less. How to get more from your people.
I knew I’d like the book and I wasn’t disappointed.
His company, 37 Signals has created Basecamp the project management tool my graduates use on client projects. I also use HighriseHQ as my Contact Management solution.
It is very easy to read, divided into small sections each… Continue reading →
There’s this idea that getting loyalty from graduates in smaller businesses is difficult. It’s seen by some as a reason not to take on a graduate.
I’ll seek to challenge that view and in doing so perhaps also provoke some thought on the flexibility of working full or part time and the choice of employed v contracted.
Job for Life
a job for life is a thing of the past… Continue reading →
The Spine, Britain’s most brutal race took place recently. a continuous run within 7 days along the 268 mile Pennine Way. The competitors had to cope with wind, snow, plenty of rain and mist as well as lethal icy paving. The worst part was sleep deprivation. Only 30 completed out of 75 starters.
A lot of the time they were travelling through the night. One competitor covered 258 miles… Continue reading →
Now the career fairs are over for another year, it’s perhaps a good time to reflect on why smaller dynamic businesses are more attractive to graduates than corporates when starting their careers.
The majority of graduates would be happy to work in a smaller dynamic business. Which is just as well because only 10% get jobs with the corporates who heavily market themselves each year at the University career fairs.… Continue reading →
As we approach Christmas, it’s a good time to reflect on the business and plan for 2014. Ideas that have been suppressed whilst doing the day to day work come to the fore. It may involve getting new business, changing direction, developing new services.
Generally its a worthwhile time to review the website to make sure it still targets the right audience and clearly defines the services or products you… Continue reading →
Have you ever considered employing a graduate? Apart from the time it takes to source a decent one, there’s the risk of them not working out.
Yesterday I met a friend who has recently employed 5 young animators working on a big media project. He’s working 7 days a week to meet the deadlines so has little spare time.
If one of the graduates does not pull his or her… Continue reading →
In partnership with Business in Yorkshire (BiY), we have put 12 graduates through a rigorous 3 part workshop to get them “business ready” to work in smaller dynamic businesses.
I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of their contributions. Plenty of creative thought, joined up thinking and practical suggestions.
The final stage will be an event on 5th December. We will bring the graduates together with owners interested… Continue reading →
I’ve recently completed the BiY Grad Business Academy workshop to prepare 12 graduates for working in a small business. What I found was an unexpected depth of talent and skill.
The 12 graduates at the Business Academy were keen to contribute & open to new ideas. The resultant business cases were of a quality I’d be happy to use to present to a business owner.
We had two groups of… Continue reading →
The numbers you need to run your business are as critical as the dashboard you use when driving your car.
Odometer, speedometer, rear view mirror, warning lights, fuel gauge and estimate of fuel remaining are the measurements in your car equivalent to the numbers you need in your business. Let’s explore these.
1. Cash Forecast
For small businesses, managing cash is crucial. It’s the equivalent of the fuel gauge. It… Continue reading →
Successful projects are as much about planning and structure as they are about delivery. Larger organisations will look to Prince 2 as the basis for the project.
However it is far too unwieldy for smaller businesses. Yet if you strip Prince 2 back to the basics there is a framework that would be flexible enough for a simple project. My Mentored Graduate Programme incorporates all the elements despite there… Continue reading →