Change has risk associated with it

There are times in life and business when you’re presented with a set of new decisions or choices that will define the future for you or your company. But how do you know if you’re making the right choice? Or even if there’s a right choice at all? You may be facing a “which is least-worst or most-beneficial?” situation.

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Perception is reality: how to control how you’re seen as a leader

If you’re going to achieve success as a leader, you need to understand that perception is reality. It doesn’t matter who you think you are, or who you are underneath: the way people perceive you is, to all intents and purposes, who you are.

So, how can you control how your team perceives you?

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Helping millenials reach their career summits

Millennials are finishing their education and joining the workforce – but, according to motivational speaker Simon Sinek, they’re finding this transition hard.

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How gut instinct and courage drive business growth

For all your experience and finely tuned business acumen, sometimes what you need, in order to grow your profit, is a leap of faith.

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Why captain fantastic is so important

When you think of infamous sports teams, your attention is often drawn to the glitz and glamour of superstar players and pivotal moments. However, an incredibly interesting new line of research seems to suggest that a strong, inspirational captain is far more important to continued success.

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What’s holding you back from taking the first step?

Part of being a high performing leader is ensuring your staff members are comfortable in their working environment, as well as being supportive to watch them grow and take their first step to success. By comfortable, I don’t mean that the desk is at the right height or the chair is well adjusted! For many new employees, this may be the first job they have taken on since leaving school/university or they may return to work after maternity or another break from work. Even if they are moving from job to job using familiar skills, there will be some anxiety about fitting into a new working environment and making a good impression.

How can you ensure your employees aren’t afraid of taking their first step within your organisation?

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Knowledge is power – the good and the bad

If you have commissioned a customer satisfaction survey, or worked with stakeholders on their expectations of your business, you will understand the value of honest feedback. As wonderful as it is to hear how brilliant your company is performing and how satisfied your customers and stakeholders are, it is imperative to the growth and future success of you and your organisation that you receive both the good and the bad news.

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How do you stay accountable in leadership?

When you’re the leader of an organisation, you are expected to define the future strategic direction for your team and oversee the successful achievement of the objectives set. You may well have the freedom in this position that you may never have had in your career before. Finding a balance between revelling in this situation and actually remaining grounded can be difficult. The first thing to remember is that the numbers don’t lie: you are responsible for the commercial performance of your organisation and the planning/forecasting for the future. However, there are a number of other ways that you can find out what is really going on, potentially uncover some blind spots and remain accountable when leading an organisation.

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Where’s your crystal ball?

With all the forecasting software and new data prediction techniques available, you would imagine that seeing into the future has got easier. But I am willing to bet every business decision maker in the UK would say that just isn’t true.

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What could culture mean for your business?

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” was a term coined by Mark Fields, President of Ford who attributed it to organisational management guru Peter Drucker. This mentality has been the adopted mindset of many successful business leaders, with a positive, collaborative culture being highlighted as the most important factor in business growth. Below we’ll discuss how to start establishing a strong culture within your business and why it is so important to do so.

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