Think Long Term- Sprinting Is For Losers

Think Long Term- Sprinting Is For Losers Too much in business is all about the short-term gain. You hear that complaint made time and time again. When entrepreneurs take their companies public, float them on the markets, go through an IPO, the businesses are often then based on short-term share value as opposed to what is good long-term for the business. The same is true for any size of business. Too much emphasis on the short-term and a lack … [Read more...]

Humility and Incompetence

Humility is refreshing, incompetence is not. It’s not often that people say sorry. It’s seen as a sign of weakness in many circles for people to acknowledge they have got something wrong. In a ‘survival of the proudest’ world that we live in, people feel justified to fight their corner, as opposed to own up and acknowledge their mistakes. When did you last experience someone being humble in the work place? It’s refreshing when it comes. But … [Read more...]

Meeting New People-Isn’t It Time You Did?

When was the last time you met someone new? Someone who inspired, excited and could help you. When was the last time someone met you, and would have gone back home and told others about you? Take two people. One is a marketing executive who has worked faithfully and competently in the same advertising agency for the last 15 years. He works hard, does a good job and knows his stuff. He tends to arrive at work at 08.00 and leaves around 19.00. … [Read more...]

Business Blame Culture

Businesses with a blame culture that blame their staff for mistakes are businesses that can’t take initiative. It’s so easy for a business blame culture to emerge where people are punished, humiliated and made to feel small for the mistakes that they make. In such companies staff end up watching their backs, it’s everyone for themselves, but yes people do what they’re told to do, down to the letter of the law. Great you may think, but they … [Read more...]

Trust Currency- Earn Trust Before you Earn Money

Is Trust the New Currency? When people start working at a new company they function on a probationary period. In short, if they’re rubbish they won’t see month two. You could say that they need to earn trust before they earn money. For many businesses I always consider it such a shame when their sales team spends so much energy and time, working with a company to get them on board. They negotiate terms, haggle over prices,  communicate … [Read more...]

Business Start-up Culture and Benefits of Small Teams

Don’t resent your small beginnings? After all are there any benefits in being a small start-up business competing against a multi-national? Business Culture is one. Often this can be seen in the on-line space with business start-ups appearing out of nowhere and beginning to compete with large established businesses who have huge resources, infrastructure and staff. The meteoric rise of Groupon would be a classic example. The mighty Google who … [Read more...]