Everywhere on the internet there are lists: the top ten films of the year, the ten best ways to get rich, the five sure signs you are losing the will to live. I may have made one of those up. And since there appears to be a current trend in advice on how to scale up your business (or grow it, as normal people would say), and in a spirit of 'if you can't beat them, join … [Read more...] about 10 Best Ways To Achieve Growth
BARRIERS TO GROWTH I was at the excellent Venturefest event in Oxford last week and saw an interesting presentation about what sets apart the average business from those that enjoy hyper growth.Interestingly, according to the research presented, hardly anyone cited finance, or lack of it, as a core issue. Two-thirds of them suggested that the lack of a clear strategic plan and … [Read more...] about Prescription for Growth
VISION We're just going into election mode with the European polls upcoming (and now a by-election in Newark, to keep all the chatterati busy), and nearly every time any leading politician is interviewed, they spend much of the time talking about what they don't want. This is obviously true of UKIP, since their entire raison d'Etre is dedicated to not wanting things, but … [Read more...] about Do You Have A Vision?
TEAM BUILDING Every now and again, I rock up to a business I've never visited before, and I reckon I can tell you an awful lot about that business - whatever it does - after just a few seconds. It's a truism, of course, that you only get one chance to make a first impression, but in business that impression is usually a good indicator of the style of the whole operation. … [Read more...] about Team Building
NEW EDEN An acquaintance of mine recently expressed the opinion that anyone who showed any desire to become a politician should automatically be disbarred, as a result, from ever becoming one. It ranks alongside Groucho Marx's comment that he wouldn't want to join any club that would have him as a member. This was brought back to me forcibly a week or three ago, when I heard … [Read more...] about Eden Project: Strategy for Growth
SPECIAL OFFER Those of you who know my background will (I hope) be unsurprised to find me using blatant sales promotion techniques to bring my latest offering to the attention of the massed ranks of my business contacts. And anyone else who falls across this message. Having spent half a lifetime devising and implementing promotions for many major national (and … [Read more...] about Free Gift For You