5 Project Failures and What I’ve Learnt

project failuresSo many projects set up with good intentions end up not delivering the full benefits. Mine included. I’ve had a host of project failures to my name.

I figure it’s fine to make a mistake, but I should learn from it. Which is why I thought it worth sharing 5 project failures I’ve made and what I’ve learnt from those mistakes.

1. Wrong scope

I’d been at a client for… Continue reading →

5 Ways a Marketing Graduate Can Improve Sales

Marketing Graduates

Most small businesses could use technology better to improve sales and expand into new markets. With guidance, a marketing graduate could be a solution to this problem.

Your website has the potential to give you worldwide coverage. Supplemented by apps and software enabling the promotion of your goods and services and easy to set up payment channels, it opens up many new opportunities for businesses.

In practice, there needs to… Continue reading →

4 Ways of Getting the Best from Graduates

best from graduatesWhat makes a graduate more valuable to you than a non graduate?

Sure, they have gained extra skills at University. But these are only of use if they add value to your business.

How do you employ graduates in the right role to bring out these skills? Should they simply fill a vacancy?

a return of £5.30 for every £1 of investment

Perhaps it is an opportunity to change roles… Continue reading →

5 Business Ready Qualities a Graduate Can Aim For

business ready

I like graduates with practical common sense. With a positive attitude and determination. And above all, maturity. These are graduates I’d consider to be “business ready”.

The 5 business ready qualities that impress me in a graduate relate less to academic achievement but more to strength of character.

1 Entrepreneurial flair

the potential to become a director at a very early age

In a small business graduates are a big… Continue reading →

Running a Business is like Riding a Bike

Running a Business is like Riding a Bike

I recently went on a “Stop Crashing for Beginners” Mountain Biking course. I’d been out with a group of friends and had to get off and push when others rode on through. Strength and stamina didn’t help here. I lacked the skill.

The course was run by Ed Oxley who taught me how to position myself when descending a steep slope. Importantly this meant I wasn’t about to be propelled… Continue reading →

Opportunities for Graduates in SMEs: Why It’s Failing

opportunities for graduates in smesIt’s a myth that graduates do not want to work in a small business.

In a recent report Graduates into Smaller Businesses Research Project 2013 by GTI Media, a tiny c 15% of the permanent jobs were with the blue chip companies. They are the ones active on University campuses.

Not every graduate is suited to joining the corporate world. Many don’t have the grades. So where are the… Continue reading →

5 Ways To Identify Defensive Employees

defensive employees
During tough times like these, it’s understandable that you’ll batten down the hatches.

Word will get out about overhead savings. Does this mean your employees are more likely to dig their heels in? To strengthen their position in the company?

You want the opposite. To see more flexibility in your staff not less.

Defensive employees can stifle the growth you’re trying to achieve

Here are 5 ways in which defensive… Continue reading →

10 Golden Dilemmas in Business

dilemmas in business

How do you keep employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers and the local community all happy at the same time in a business?

Its a juggling act that all business owners will be well aware of.

Drawing inspiration from Riding the Waves of Culture by Fons Trompenaars, I’ve compiled the 10 Golden Dilemmas in Business

1. Rewards

Either motivate employees and reward staff.

Or satisfy shareholders with profit.

2. Skills… Continue reading →

How to Identify the One Key Thing your Business Stands For

your business stands for
What is the main purpose for you being in business? Is it clear or do you have to think hard?

How about taking away all the unnecessary “stuff” you do and stripping the business back to the bare minimum?

What is it your business stands for?

I recently read a short book by Simon Hartley called Two lengths of the pool. He regularly holds “Parkinson” style events with Olympic… Continue reading →

How Unwanted Baggage Dragged my Company into Receivership

company into receivership
Have you been through the pain of putting a company into receivership? It leaves an indelible mark on employees, shareholders, suppliers, customers not to mention the indirect effect on families and the local community.

Five months I worked for Praxis Tailoring in 2000 before recommending, as Finance Director, we call in the receivers. Six months before my first child, was due.

Why join at all?

Well there was a fresh… Continue reading →

 
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