News

19
Apr

The Role of Management

Times are changing and inevitably as we live in a time of ever quickening change some things get left behind. I think that the art of selling is something which is much rarer now than it was before, as is the art of conversation. Not all of this is regrettable and it is not all desirable either.

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12
Apr

Dangerous Sports

I love rugby. I used to enjoy playing it when I was younger and now I love watching it at almost any level. Thinking about the game the other day I realised just how dangerous it is; how many players are injured at any point and how often good players seem to disappear never to return to the game.

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05
Apr

Education

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance”. So they say. And they would be right. I would also argue that he relative cost of education has dropped significantly over recent years. I would even argue that if you don’t want a qualification then education, or more accurately, knowledge costs you nothing.

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29
Mar

Mental Models

I read once that one of the reasons that Charlie Munger is considered to be so wise and has such good judgement is that he has a range of ‘mental models’ that he can and will apply to any problem or situation. Mental models can be simple assumptions or complex theories about how the world works. We don’t so much learn these mental models through education as gather them as we grow, often vicariously, usually unconsciously and probably, too frequently, unquestioningly.

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22
Mar

Pivot point

On the Scale Up journey of every business and every business leader there are a number of identifiable pivot points. Points where things need to change, to evolve and to improve that are critical to the continued growth and success of the enterprise.

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15
Mar

I was wrong

Yes I admit it. For several years now I have been recommending that in every business, every employee should have a job description. Clarity is everything and a job description should contain; the main purpose of the job, the measurements that the job holder can use to prove he is doing the job well and a mission a statement to show the improvement that the job holder is expected to make; in other words from x to y by z date.

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08
Mar

The Cow

Johann Hari relates the story of a Cambodian farmer who lost a leg in a land mine explosion in his brilliant book ‘Lost Connections’. He goes on to tell how the farmer became depressed and despondent because even though he had had an artificial limb fitted working in the paddy fields was painful and caused endless stress.

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01
Mar

13 Percent

The Gallup Organisation reveal that the proportion of the workforce who are actively engaged with the business they work with is as low as 13%. There are variations from country to country, for sure, but the average is 13%. The UK is just below 13%.

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22
Feb

Technical Leadership

There is often a belief that to lead a group of people you need to be the best at what those people do; the best technician, the best teacher, the best player. I often hear people expressing doubt about their ability to lead people who are older or more technically competent or more experienced than they are.

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15
Feb

Advice and Information

As business leaders and business owners we are likely to seek advice and to look for information. Some research has shown that small business owners look for advice from their accountants According to the Open University Small Business Annual Survey (2013, 2012 and 2009).

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