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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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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Is there a gap in your management team?

A recent study found that small businesses are missing out on valuable guidance from non-executive directors and business advisers. Lack of understanding on how to find and engage with advisers means business owners are not benefitting from the experienced perspective that external advisers bring.

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How to employ the 5 qualities of a good business adviser

What’s in a name? Business adviser, mentor, coach or consultant – when you need effective business advice, it’s far better to focus on attributes rather than labels. But what are the key attributes of a good business adviser? And how can you make those qualities work for you?

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Half-way through the year, is your business plan on track?

Unbroken sunshine, daily heatwave warnings, England securing their place in the last 16 with barely a bitten nail in sight – it’s been an unusual midsummer, and one to enjoy. But you might also be looking at the wall calendar and thinking, ‘Where has 2018 gone already?’

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Change that sticks, not slips: creating the right environment for improved performance

A lot is written about change: that it is inevitable, that it is disruptive, that it is good for us. As a business owner, change is fundamentally what you are about. Change is how you and your business improve and grow. Change is what moves the business forward. Continue reading “Change that sticks, not slips: creating the right environment for improved performance”

Business continuity: can you put your company into the recovery position?

At some point, your business may be faced with a huge challenge, one that may even threaten its very existence. How well prepared are you? Have you thought through a business continuity plan? Have you contemplated disaster recovery? Continue reading “Business continuity: can you put your company into the recovery position?”