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Tips, advice and solutions for business owners wanting to grow or improve their business

The Optimal Business Staffing Structure

The Optimal Business Staffing Structure
As every business owner will have heard, the greatest asset in your business is your staff... In many ways I support this comment – having benefited from having some truly exceptional people work with me, and for me, over the years. However, the evolution of business over time has meant that the traditional staffing structures now are getting questioned........ 
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( Posted in: Business Management )

The benefit of Honest and Timely Performance Appraisals

The benefit of Honest and Timely Performance Appraisals
Staff can be the greatest asset in your business, but for any service based business - they typically will be the greatest expense - whether they are an asset or not.
 
Perhaps its my corporate background, or my genuine desire to improve things (people and businesses), or it might just be my objective to see a larger number at the bottom line - but regardless.....
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( Posted in: Communication )

Critical Components of a Good Job Description

Critical Components of a Good Job Description
Job descriptions are a valuable tool for both staff and employers and unfortunately, they tend to be absent in many businesses.
 
For the staff member, a good job description provides ....
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( Posted in: Business Management )

Business Efficiency in Small Business

Business Efficiency in Small Business
Improvement in efficiency has been an age old quest in business, as it has enabled either more to be achieved with less effort, or for the same amount of effort, but faster.
 
For many reading this article, the phone or tablet you are using provides you with a more effective use of your time......
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( Posted in: Business Performance )

Who is your business communication written for?

Who is your business communication written for?

Have you ever read a business note, perhaps an email or a letter and thought – huh, what’s that about.....as the tone or content of the note is as if its been written for someone else? Well perhaps it has!

In business I have found that the principle of writing for a “third party” audience, is actually not that uncommon. 

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( Posted in: Communication )

The value of continual education in business

The value of continual education in business

At some point - and we have all done it, we get to a point of knowledge within our business or industry were we feel……. comfortable. It is at this very point; you can guarantee that you have just fallen BEHIND the game.

Business is ALWAYS evolving....

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( Posted in: Business Performance )

Maximising your Business Time Management

Maximising your Business Time Management

How many times have heard the immortal catch cry, "I don't have enough time" and then....the more scary question - how many times have you been the one to utter it?

The lack of time is really the combination of our perception and tolerance.

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( Posted in: Business Management )

The One More Thing for business success

The One More Thing for business success

Whether it be in sport or business, the difference between success and failure can often be simply doing one more thing than the competition. The extra phone call, one more prototype, another sales approach, an additional quality check, a larger focus group, an extra tier of service etc etc.....any of these can be the secret ingredient to business success.

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( Posted in: Business Performance )

10 Commandments of Business

10 Commandments of Business

Many business owners are time poor and simply don't find the time to read the more comprehensive articles. So if you are looking for a bunch of potent tips for your business - then this short article is for you. 

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( Posted in: Business Management )

What do I need to prepare my business for sale?

What do I need to prepare my business for sale?

Business Sale Building Blocks - The prospect of selling a business, or at least positioning it so it can be sold, will be confronted by all business owners eventually. It may be for 20 years down the track (rare) or to sell now (more common), but the simple reality is that all businesses will have a change of ownership at some point.

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( Posted in: Sale/Succession )

The Cost of being Tolerant

The Cost of being Tolerant

Business owners tolerate a lot, whether it is poor performing staff, process problems, cash flow, IT and the like. In doing this, the level of stress or pressure on the owner (and in many cases - the business) rises in direct proportion.

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( Posted in: Business Performance )

Fail to have a Business Plan is Planning to Fail in Business

Fail to have a Business Plan is Planning to Fail in Business

"Fail to plan is planning to fail" - Winston Churchill.

Even though this well used line receives universal acceptance in conversation....... few businesses "walk the talk".

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( Posted in: Business Management )

It's never the Message in business - always the delivery!

It's never the Message in business - always the delivery!

How many times have you been given some news and reacted badly; triggering a sudden or violent reaction, not gaining an understanding or getting the full message?

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( Posted in: Communication )

But I didnít see it coming!

But I didnít see it coming!

All too often this is the catch cry after a major incident.....a show stopping incident.....a business crippling incident…

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( Posted in: Risk Mitigation )

The Factor of Time

The Factor of Time

Time is a precious commodity and one not to be squandered. Often time.....is the critical factor between success and failure.

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( Posted in: Business Management )