The characteristics of successful leadership in business

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: June 8, 2020

Leadership is one of the many buzzwords used in business today. Yet, when you challenge someone to define what they call leadership, often there is nothing but silence. When you look around the world at some of our pronounced leaders, leadership is perhaps the last word you would use to describe them. Unfortunately, this is […]

The 5 life-cycle stages of a business

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: December 30, 2017

Businesses are not static beasts, they change and evolve over time – and as they do, their needs vary. By understanding the different life-cycle phases of a business, owners have the ability to position themselves differently and focus on different facets which will drive enhanced returns. Broadly, there are 5 distinct life-cycle stages; Start-Up Growth Established / […]

Removing phone barriers for greater Business Success

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: June 26, 2017

In business, the humble phone is such an important tool – yet many business owners will not dial a prospect or debtor. The reasons for this span from; a simple lack of purpose, through to a real phobia or fear, however the outcome is the same – the call is not made – and this […]

I want to run my own business, so now what?

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: March 31, 2017

I want to run my own business, so now what? I’ve heard this line on many occasions over the years. Bright eyed and highly energised potential business owners with a concept for a business that they want to run. Of course, as every experienced business owner will tell you, it’s actually not that simple to run […]

The Optimal Business Staffing Structure

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: October 31, 2016

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 […]

The Danger of being a SMALL Business

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: August 28, 2016

Being seen as “small” can cost you business. That’s not saying that the service or the quality of a small business product is poor – (often it is the exact opposite), but a common perception encountered by small business is that “big” is better or safer. In a world where you are competing with “the […]

Critical Components of a Good Job Description

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: June 19, 2016

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 clarity around the role, what the core responsibilities are, outlines the accountabilities/delegations and shows the associated performance criteria. For the employer, it provides important boundaries for the staff members to operate […]

Business Improvement for the year ahead

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: December 31, 2015

Christmas Day has been and gone and New Years is settling in, but when you sit back in the comfy chair – wherever that may be, on the beach, by the water, camping or even just at home……now is the time to take a quick “stock take” of the year that has past. For those […]

Effective Business Reporting

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: November 15, 2015

To run a business efficiently and profitability takes more than just luck. In addition to having a good service or product, successful businesses typically have a strong management information framework in place to ensure all of the critical elements of the business are running correctly. I often liken this information to the dashboard instruments in a car – where […]

Business Trends & Patterns – a simple game or is there more to it?

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: October 18, 2015

Business trend analysis is a serious analytical technique used in countless different forms of analysis. Yet for most business owners, finding the time to complete a simple Sudoku puzzle is hard enough – let alone undertake any form of formal business review. My point – and the point of this article, is that if you […]

Why you should consider more than just the Easy Option

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: September 13, 2015

In a world where speed appears to be everything, often the compromise that is made is to take the generic or easy option. This has become so common in business, that the generic option is often the only one put forward – whereas there is generally many ways to skin a cat. Now whilst I have no issue with a […]

9 Point Test to evaluate if a new Product Idea is Viable

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: August 30, 2015

We have all had them, the “business epiphanies” or “golden ideas” which come to us over the weekend whilst swinging a golf club, doing laps in the pool or just mowing the grass. In the moment….. these new product or service ideas are the perfect combination of simplicity, profitability and marketing brilliance. By Monday morning these moments of creative thinking have….started to […]

Is Business Change possible?

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: July 29, 2015

Is business change possible? – absolutely unequivocally yes…but it takes action. A great man once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you will always get what you’ve always got” (Henry Ford) – so…..if you don’t like the outcome you’re getting at the moment…..then you have to change something! It’s at this point […]

Making Sound Business Decisions

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: July 9, 2015

In all businesses, small or large, actions are often taken in the moment – reacting to a symptom rather than making a fully informed decision based on the cause. Symptom management is a very frequent occurrence, with the management decisions based at a superficial level to arrest what is the perceived cause which in the bulk of cases is […]

What information should I use to run my business?

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: June 26, 2015

It’s that moment where you are sitting amongst a pile of information – numbers, graphs, returns, production numbers, stock levels, customer surveys…….all with seemingly important information……but what does it all mean……what information should I use to run my business? These are the questions which are being raised more and more with the rise of technology, as we tend to have […]

Maximising your Business Time Management

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: May 31, 2015

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. Perception, because busy is how we see our collection of activities – for some, 8 hours of engagements is […]

Business Growth Costs….

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: February 14, 2015

Often the objective of most businesses is SALES GROWTH, but it comes at a cost…. so the real question is – how growth ready is your business? A basic principle of business is to generate sales (product or services) to return a profit. The natural flow on from this is to generate more sales to achieve a greater profit – but…what does this […]

10 Commandments of Business

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: January 15, 2015

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.  Aptly named the 10 Commandments of Business, these are 10 activities which will add bottom line value […]

New Years Resolution for Business

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: December 31, 2014

The start of the new year is traditionally when we pledge resolutions for the New Year ahead – resolutions around how we are going to do things differently…do things better and often…..change a bad habit from last year. So in lifting the bar for a better outcome, why not make some positive differences for your business at the same time – […]

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

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: August 28, 2014

“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”. If fact, based on a number of recent business reviews it’s obvious that more planning goes into an overseas holiday, than many business owners put into planning for the success of their business. Few businesses were actively “not planning”, […]

Sure Fire Business Killers

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: July 21, 2014

Operating a business has its challenges due to the many and varied issues drawing on the owners time – people, product, sales, collections, just to name a few. Thus it’s no wonder that many business owners operate “in” rather than “on” their business – which has its dangers. Heading the list of dangers is the loss of sight […]

The Factor of Time

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: March 23, 2014

Time is a precious commodity and one not to be squandered. Often time… the critical factor between success and failure. In prior blogs I have made references to how important time is in finance, and then more generally – to business viability. If your business is running tight – with losses or cashflow gaps starting to show, then this article […]

Business Decisions – play them forward three hands

Author: Stewart Clark / Date: February 10, 2014

Many strategies and decisions are made “in the moment” – considering only todays issues with little thought given to the flow on effects or impacts. Consider for a moment what this could look like in a practical business context; Problem: Business is going well with a large volume of short term contracts driving the existing business resources very hard. Solution: Hire […]