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?”

Feeling trapped in your business and just want to get out?

How often have you received some direct mail, an email or a call suggesting, ‘Now is a great time to sell your business’? If the suggestion catches you on a bad day, you might be tempted to respond with a cry of, ‘Yes, get me out of here!’

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Take a walk in your customers’ shoes. Do they fit?

You’ve no doubt worked very hard to build a successful business that delivers a great product or service. But do you understand your customers’ experience? For many business owners, the answer is no because other business activities have taken priority.

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