How to Cut Costs Without Drawing Blood

Six ways to use money and assets effectively When times are hard, and business is slower, harder to get, and less certain, many companies engage in slashing costs.  And they go for that which is most visible and easiest to slash first – the payroll.  However, reducing staff numbers incurs considerable expenses – you have… Read More

What Do You Need to be Successful?

And the answer is…… So you want to be successful? But is that enough to be so? We all know that just because you want something does not make it so. Success requires one thing and one thing only – action! To be successful needs a massive amount of effort on a consistent and ongoing… Read More

The Paradox of Choice

Giving greater choice does not mean more will be chosen!  Most people believe that having a choice is good. The belief here is that choice gives us freedom, so if we have more choices we have more freedom, the better it is for our lives. But some research has found that this is not necessarily… Read More

Decisions for Speed to Market

How to make decisions at speed  Speed to market is increasingly important when you need to respond to business, competitive or market changes.  Making a poor decision, implementing a decision poorly or taking too long can cost you money and time, and create stress and frustration. Here are five steps for deciding at speed: Make… Read More

Hiring for Attitude

How attitude is a good predictor of prospective employee success, and how you can identify those with the right attitude for your business. The top challenge for CEOs according to a survey from the Conference Board (January 2013) is Human Capital – the ability to develop and acquire the right people, with the right skills… Read More

The Three “A’s” for Dealing with Conflict

Attacking.Abdicating.Accountability.  When dealing with conflict there are only three ways in which you, or your reports, can respond. These are attacking, abdicating and being accountable. Attacking – this is the first part of the “fight or flight” syndrome which we experience when we come across an uncomfortable situation. For example, we are in a meeting… Read More

3 Questions to Ask to Drive Better Conversations

The Newport Question Trio for Better Conversations A client of mine recently shared several questions that they use in her organization to help leaders and managers, at all level, gain clarity, focus and accountability in their conversations. I call them the Newport Question Trio after my client. These questions are: Why? – Is this conversation… Read More

Why Reducing Customer Churn is Important

How reducing customer churn can improve profit… Customer churn occurs when customers or subscribers stop doing business with a company or service It is normally described as the percentage of your total customers who have left you. So, reducing your customer churn can help your improve your profit by addressing two elements: Costs – the… Read More

New Results Need New Behaviours

Why what got you here won’t get you there! Are any of these scenarios familiar to you?  You’ve been recently promoted. You’re in the same job you were in a year ago, but the scope is a lot bigger today than it was then. You’re working in an organization where the performance bar has been… Read More

It’s What Is, Not What Might Be, That Matters!

How to build your ability to be objective. A common mistake made by managers is to equate what they think with what they know. But there is a world of difference, let me explain. At the core of this is being able to differentiate between the objective and the subjective perspective of the matter to… Read More