The vast majority of leadership literature tells us that great leaders are made, not born – meaning, for the most part, the best leaders work hard to develop their leadership skills and cultivate certain habits that support them as leaders.
You probably spend a lot of your time building your business, your reputation and your potential wealth, so when it comes to selling your business you want it to go smoothly and successfully.
According to a survey by accounting software provider Xero, three quarters of business owners admit to working during their holiday. And a shocking 17% take no time off at all.
Much is written about why clients sack their creative agencies. But what about the other way around – are there circumstances when a creative agency might consider sacking a client?
The success of your business is highly dependent on your team. And that’s particularly true in creative and technical businesses, where ideas and knowledge, as well as application and focus, are essential.
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.
Growing your business can sometimes feel like another item on an already groaning to-do list. But are you really too busy to grow your business? Or is it a sign that you need to spend less time on certain tasks?
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.
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?
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.