Who wants to be an entrepreneur?!
I have recently come across a couple of articles discussing the topic of entrepreneurship – in particular what makes an entrepreneur and what skills and attributes are commonly shared amongst those considered or labelled as ‘entrepreneurs’.
This got me thinking about my experience of working with business owners – some of whom would call themselves entrepreneurs and [...]
New Year goal setting in plain sight
When it comes to your business, January is a great time to assess and take stock. If you were lucky enough to have a few days off over the festive period, you may well have had time to reflect on the past year and think about your vision and goals for 2017. If you didn’t, there is still plenty of [...]
Are your beliefs holding you back?
I was recently asked to deliver a presentation to business owners on a topic relating to business growth. Rather than talk about one of the more common subjects around growth, such as access to finance or marketing your business effectively, I decided to take a different approach and look at the psychological reasons that hold people back from taking the [...]
Ways to retain staff
Whether it’s at the highest corporate level, or for the most apparently menial job, it’s important to find ways to retain staff. In a competitive marketplace, though, every business owner faces challenges in this respect.
It doesn’t matter how many employees your company has – whether it’s two or two thousand, you’re faced with the same worries about staff retention. Ways [...]
Common business problems – and how to address them
However great your product, team and customer service, there are ALWAYS going to be challenges. Many of the common business problems have a tendency to disguise themselves as something else, making it difficult to see where you might be going wrong.
Failure to understand your market is one of the most common business problems, but often disguises itself as innovation. If [...]
How to structure your work day
Running a business is a balancing act. On the one hand you’re trying to forge your own path, but there’s also pressure to adhere to certain pre-existing routines. If you’re unsure of how to structure your work day, it’s time to take a fresh look at your day.
Wake up at a similar time each day, whatever time that is for [...]
How to adapt to business changes – don’t be left behind!
It’s as true in the business world as it is in the animal kingdom… change is inevitable, and only those who evolve can survive. The question of how to adapt to business changes seems complex, but a few simple rules can really help here.
Every business has to undergo transitions of one kind or another. We live in an environment of [...]
How to stay motivated as a business owner
Business is about moving forward – if you’re only treading water, you’ll soon find yourself way behind everybody else. Sometimes, though, it seems that this is easier said than done, so we’ve devised some great tips on how to stay motivated as a business owner.
By its very nature, your role as a business owner makes you a leader, even if [...]
Win a tasty business consultation with Agenda
Business life is tough, and we’re all glad of some support and guidance when it’s available – especially when it’s free!
Today’s challenging marketplaces mean it’s more important than ever to keep your business on track. In the whirlwind of decision-making, networking and simply getting the job done, it can be difficult to know where to turn for advice.
That’s why Agenda’s [...]
How to create a harmonious workplace
The idea of a happy workplace doesn’t have to be pie-in-the-sky, but in far too many cases, small issues can create big problems. Taking action in advance, and having strategies in place to address issues, can help you create a harmonious workplace.
The most important step is to create and maintain a culture of openness in your organisation. If the members [...]