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What makes a good business adviser?

You’ve decided to enlist the expertise of a business adviser to drive success in your business.  Maybe you’re looking for business advice to help you grow the company.  Perhaps you want to be a better leader, or build a management team to take on more of the day-to-day responsibility.

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4 not-so-obvious reasons you should delegate more

As the saying goes, you can’t do everything. That’s why delegation is one of the key skills that any business owner must master – however grudgingly – if they are to successfully transfer their business to someone else.

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Help! I’m not a natural leader

If you’re a business owner, you’re a leader – whether you want to be or not.  For some business owners, building and leading a team, getting the most out of people, and nurturing talent are some of the most rewarding aspects of the job.  It’s what gets them out of bed with a spring in their step.

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Business is going well, so why do you need a business plan?

As a business adviser, I work with owners of all sorts of businesses –  creative and otherwise. One thing that a surprising number of business owners have in common is that they just don’t plan their business.

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Your ten-minute business review to kickstart 2019

Over the Christmas and New Year period we are inundated with hints, suggestions and cajoling about this being ‘a great time to reflect on the year just gone and plan ahead’. But, in practice, how many of us do an effective ‘review and plan’ and, most importantly, make any changes as a result?

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Planning your key activities for 2019

If you haven’t yet thought about what you want to achieve in 2019, now is the perfect time to create a plan. A business plan, or strategic plan, not only sets out practical goals, it serves as a useful big-picture reminder of where your business is going and what you’re trying to achieve. It creates common goals that everyone in the company can get behind, which spurs people into action. And it gives you something to revisit throughout the year, to see whether you’re progressing as you intended.

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What’s the difference between a mentor and a business adviser?

The word ‘mentor’ goes all the way back to Greek mythology (it was the name of young Telemachus’s adviser in Homer’s Odyssey). And just as Shakespeare gave us many words that have percolated their way into everyday speech – including, interestingly, the word ‘manager’ – Homer’s Mentor became an everyday description for a trusted, experienced adviser.

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