How to improve your chances of recruitment success
Finding and recruiting the right staff can be one of the biggest headaches for any business owner or manager. Getting it right is brilliant – you’re happy, the individual is happy and everything is hunky dory. But getting it wrong can be a costly, time consuming and generally unpleasant mistake.
So how can you ensure you get it right more often?
Here are [...]
Back to school – why we should never stop learning in business
After the long school summer holidays, it’s back to school for the kids this week. Which got me thinking… At what point do we stop considering education as a priority in our adult lives?
Just because we’ve got to where we want to be in our careers, perhaps having started a business or worked our way up to the top of [...]
What you can measure you can manage
When it comes to judging the performance of a business there’s one thing that matters – the numbers. From turnover to net profit, overheads to break-even point, figures supply us with information to make business decisions.
Whilst accounting information such as this can be invaluable, it’s all too often inaccessible – available only after the year’s accounts have been completed and [...]
The Five P’s, Pricing and Picasso
Anybody that’s done a course in marketing will have heard of the ‘Five P’s of Marketing’. The theory is that Product, Place, People, Promotion and Price, when approached correctly, can combine to create the perfect ‘marketing mix’. Most of us are comfortable with the first four p’s mentioned – even if we don’t always have the magic answer to how [...]
Staying motivated now January is over!
February is a funny old month. January is often a month of motivation – even if you don’t set resolutions, many of us use the first month of the year as an impetus set ourselves other challenges – be it Dry January, the start of a new fitness regime or a diet! But as the end of January comes and [...]
Be a success in 2018
Success means different things to different people.
Some people will never truly be happy with what they’ve achieved – always striving for the next thing. Others might set small, ‘bitesized’ goals, and each time these are reached, they might feel a ‘hit’ of success.
What does success mean to you?
Regardless of your interpretation, we all want to be ‘more successful’. Here are [...]
The GOLDEN Rules for businesses during the festive season
Christmas is coming and as the festive train gathers momentum, it can be easy to lose sight of its destination. Before you know if, another Christmas Day will have been and gone and we’ll be at the start of another New Year!
The festive season needn’t be like this. Here are some tips for business owners on ensuring this festive season [...]
The culture of success
Last time on our blog we looked at some of the different elements that make a good team and how a successful team is the sum of its individual members. In terms of skills, this is undoubtedly the case – teams can only work effectively where everyone is best placed to play to their strengths and there are no gaps [...]
There’s no I in TEAM – but should there be?
We’re all familiar with the phrase ‘there’s no I in team’. Often used to remind team members that they have to work together and not be selfish, this saying is one that’s rolled out time and time again.
Of course working together as a team is important. But if you don’t know the strengths and weaknesses of the individuals within the [...]
Who’s selling your business?
When it comes to staff training, we often think of formal, structured training – perhaps around soft skills such as customer service, or alternatively, around product, process or software knowledge. Something we very rarely consider is training our staff in the art of sales.
‘But why would I need to train my receptionist in selling skills?’, you might ask. Perhaps you [...]