Why Leaders Need to Learn to Speak in Outcomes, Not Activities

Today's most successful business leaders and managers exercise their leadership in such a way that their people are held accountable whilst being empowered to make decisions, share information and try...

How Your Body Language Can Affect Your Business Success

  Non-verbal communication really is a key contributor to a successful career in business. Have you ever considered how the way that you use your hands, or the openness of your body and the subtleties...

The Greatest Threat Is Digital?

If we were to believe the hype, online and offline, then it would be natural to conclude that the greatest threat to running a successful and sustainable business is the failure to remain in touch wit...

66% of Directors Don’t Fully Understand Their Company’s Strategy

A survey undertaken by McKinsey consultants, published in January 2015, has highlighted some daunting findings for business leaders. With 34% of directors admitting that they fully understand the comp...

How to Create Your Family Business Dream Team

In the last article we highlighted The Dream Team Model and why you need different blended profiles to grow a business, and how strong business genes can be passed on from generation to generation. In...

Nothing is as Enjoyable as Telling Someone Else How to Run Their ...

Some 23 years ago a simple request from my wife literally changed my life. She telephoned me at my office, where I ran my business consultancy and asked me to pick up the Manchester Evening News on th...

Why Business Leaders Need to Put on Their Oxygen Mask First!

How many of you have flown in the last couple of years on a plane? No doubt you’re familiar with the safety announcement. It always says, "If there's a drop in cabin pressure, the oxygen masks are goi...

The Family Business, Defined

When you think of the term "family business," you may initially think of the mom and pop store in your neighborhood—you know, the kind of small business that supports and is run by a single family. Yo...

Where Should SMEs Go for Great HR Advice?

As I speak on employment law related people issues to CEO groups around the country, I get asked about the various ways that SME organisations can ensure that they get good HR or employment law advice...

Don't Wait for Financial Difficulties Conduct a Strategic Review ...

We have seen over the last few months that many well-known businesses have been conducting strategic reviews.  Tesco (including a new CEO who interrupted his holidays), Marks and Spencer and Mothercar...