My father taught me early on that the most important person in a business can be the chap who unblocks the toilets – if he stops coming, so will your staff. Meanwhile, the CEO can be absent for weeks and nobody will notice.
The truly great leaders that I have met always value people at every level of the organisation. They have talent, a great work ethic and a sharp intellect, but they do not expect to be revered, although their politeness and charm means that they often are. Read More »
Late last month, the Pensions Regulator issued a “Registration Report” for the first time, which it will issue on a monthly basis going forward. Read More »
It is easy to be a control freak in a family business as it is all yours and no one else’s. No one cares like you do, no one has the long term view like you and well, there’s blood involved – as well as some sweat and tears too.
Which means that when family businesses work well they are unbeatable. There is a passion, a drive and a commitment that no one else can ever have. But whenever passion is involved decisions and actions can sometimes fall foul of what we would regard as best practice in corporate decision making. Read More »
Business leaders operating within the new economy are often quick to dismiss the received wisdom and practices of an analogue age. Every generation likes to challenge the views, conventions and behaviour of the previous one, but we appear to be experiencing a particularly profound generational shift within the world of business. Read More »
Now that the dust is starting to settle on last week’s momentous budget announcements, we can start assembling the pieces where unintended consequences seem likely, where promises made can’t in all probability be kept, or where the assessment of the likelihood of a situation obtaining seems just plain wrong. Read More »
Recently I agreed to speak at the elite business National Conference taking place in April in London. I agree to a variety of speaking engagements over the course of the year, but this one was of particular interest as the audience will primarily be made up of small or start-up businesses looking for fast growth.
This set me thinking about what my top tip for these kinds of businesses would be. Read More »