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Competitive Edge

3 Steps To Maintain Your Competitive Edge

A leaking boat is a sinking boat. When the leak becomes too big to ignore, it is plugged but it is the small leaks that in the long term have the most damaging effect on a boat. Similarly, small inefficiencies in a business seem trivial and ignored when a business is in an early stage of development but as a business grows, the impact of those ignored inefficiencies become significant – sinking the opportunity of maintaining sustainable growth.

Read more

Tips For Taking Back Control Of Your Business

We have all seen it before: managers running around, looking and being busy. They have an exhausting day and go home with the usual jargon: back to back meetings, no time for lunch, fighting fires, just managing to keep heads above water and many more. They believe that they are doing a good job, working hard and if there is a problem it is rarely their fault.

Read more

The (Mis)use Of Euphemism In Business

Euphemisms are descriptions which are often bland or vague to cover or sugar coat something which is seen as unpalatable. This will not come as a surprise to many readers, but politicians are the masters. They have an uncanny ability to avoid direct questions and navigate increased attention from the media.

Read more

How Productive Are Your Staff?

A ‘simple way’ of measuring productivity is to count the number of tasks completed by an employee, the value of those tasks (output) and compare to the costs of the employee (input). This system works well in a repetitive factory style business but more difficult to achieve if the job description is varied and does not have a direct value assigned to the output.

Read more

Let’s Get Organized!

Disorganization affects productivity, efficiency and employee morale. It damages relationships with customers and can become a huge financial burden to businesses. There is a direct link between a failing business and disorganization. Small businesses can only compete with larger rivals if they are more efficient, flexible and able to meet customer needs

Read more

How To Deal With A Disorganized Boss

While dealing with disorganized employees is difficult, by applying strict rules and providing guidance the challenge can be addressed in an orderly manner. Recommendations on how to implement the desired changes will be addressed in the third blog of this three-part series. How to deal with a disorganized boss is far more difficult.

Read more

The Cost Of Being Disorganized

Disorganization impacts all businesses regardless of size; however, SMEs feel it the most. In a recent survey of SMEs, 23 percent rated their businesses as disorganized, 1 in 3 accepted that disorganization lessens productivity and 75% of owners of struggling businesses believed that disorganization had a negative influence on their results.

Read more
Boardroom meeting

Creating A Culture Of Change, Innovation And Profitability

Culture in terms of a business is defined as the ideas, customs, and behavior of an organization. A company’s culture directly affects its reputation, valuation and hence profitability. In an era where social media reigns supreme and reputations can be made and destroyed by the careless release of ‘news’, special attention should be given to how a business is portrayed, seen by the public and what the effects are on financial results and profitability. A company can re-invent itself and thrive on change.

Read more

The Importance Of Involving Employees In The Change Cycle

Change is hard. We all know that. Changing a company is even harder. It is akin to steering a fully laden tanker on a totally different course while avoiding storms. But as hard as it is to make changes, the hardest decision of all is to acknowledge that change is needed and to start the journey. Once the decision is made and the journey starts, there are certain guidelines which can be applied:

Read more
Front-line leader

How To Be A Frontline Leader

There is an old saying that states ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Corporate behavior changes as a business grows but companies tend to follow the same general pattern. Let’s not be deceived by the shooting stars of the technology world. Media focuses on the spectacular success of a few but ignore the struggles of most businesses around the world. To build a successful business and survive, the business owner must remember that cash flow is king. Small business owners don’t work eight hours a day, they don’t pay themselves overtime, they don’t take holidays.

Read more
teamwork

How To Be More Successful Than 75% Of SMEs

The SME market is undeniably experiencing exponential growth across the USA, the United Kingdom and Australia, resulting in hefty competition and countless challenges. While the gaps and opportunities for success and longevity are existent, the question SME’s are asking is how they can become more competitive and more innovative? What is an SME? Although there are different interpretations of what an SME is. it is important to first define the classification of ‘small’ and ‘medium’ as they vary between countries and the domestic economy of those countries.

Read more
customer service

Customer Service: Separating Average And Exceptional Businesses

The customer is always right. This slogan (which was originally attributed to Harry Gordon Selfridge, who established Selfridges Department Store in London in 1908) was coined to encourage staff to provide better service to customers. Over the years, different versions have evolved. The French quote: ‘le client n’a jamais tort’ (the client is never wrong). Germans say ‘der Kunde ist König’ (the customer is king) and in Japan, the motto is ’okyakusama wa kamisama desu’ (the customer is a God).

Read more

RECENT POSTS

Competitive Edge

3 Steps To Maintain Your Competitive Edge

A leaking boat is a sinking boat. When the leak becomes too big to ignore, it is plugged but it is the small leaks that in the long term have the most damaging effect on a boat. Similarly, small inefficiencies in a business seem trivial and ignored when a business is in an early stage of development but as a business grows, the impact of those ignored inefficiencies become significant – sinking the opportunity of maintaining sustainable growth.

Read more

Tips For Taking Back Control Of Your Business

We have all seen it before: managers running around, looking and being busy. They have an exhausting day and go home with the usual jargon: back to back meetings, no time for lunch, fighting fires, just managing to keep heads above water and many more. They believe that they are doing a good job, working hard and if there is a problem it is rarely their fault.

Read more

The (Mis)use Of Euphemism In Business

Euphemisms are descriptions which are often bland or vague to cover or sugar coat something which is seen as unpalatable. This will not come as a surprise to many readers, but politicians are the masters. They have an uncanny ability to avoid direct questions and navigate increased attention from the media.

Read more

How Productive Are Your Staff?

A ‘simple way’ of measuring productivity is to count the number of tasks completed by an employee, the value of those tasks (output) and compare to the costs of the employee (input). This system works well in a repetitive factory style business but more difficult to achieve if the job description is varied and does not have a direct value assigned to the output.

Read more

Let’s Get Organized!

Disorganization affects productivity, efficiency and employee morale. It damages relationships with customers and can become a huge financial burden to businesses. There is a direct link between a failing business and disorganization. Small businesses can only compete with larger rivals if they are more efficient, flexible and able to meet customer needs

Read more

How To Deal With A Disorganized Boss

While dealing with disorganized employees is difficult, by applying strict rules and providing guidance the challenge can be addressed in an orderly manner. Recommendations on how to implement the desired changes will be addressed in the third blog of this three-part series. How to deal with a disorganized boss is far more difficult.

Read more

The Cost Of Being Disorganized

Disorganization impacts all businesses regardless of size; however, SMEs feel it the most. In a recent survey of SMEs, 23 percent rated their businesses as disorganized, 1 in 3 accepted that disorganization lessens productivity and 75% of owners of struggling businesses believed that disorganization had a negative influence on their results.

Read more
Boardroom meeting

Creating A Culture Of Change, Innovation And Profitability

Culture in terms of a business is defined as the ideas, customs, and behavior of an organization. A company’s culture directly affects its reputation, valuation and hence profitability. In an era where social media reigns supreme and reputations can be made and destroyed by the careless release of ‘news’, special attention should be given to how a business is portrayed, seen by the public and what the effects are on financial results and profitability. A company can re-invent itself and thrive on change.

Read more

The Importance Of Involving Employees In The Change Cycle

Change is hard. We all know that. Changing a company is even harder. It is akin to steering a fully laden tanker on a totally different course while avoiding storms. But as hard as it is to make changes, the hardest decision of all is to acknowledge that change is needed and to start the journey. Once the decision is made and the journey starts, there are certain guidelines which can be applied:

Read more
Front-line leader

How To Be A Frontline Leader

There is an old saying that states ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Corporate behavior changes as a business grows but companies tend to follow the same general pattern. Let’s not be deceived by the shooting stars of the technology world. Media focuses on the spectacular success of a few but ignore the struggles of most businesses around the world. To build a successful business and survive, the business owner must remember that cash flow is king. Small business owners don’t work eight hours a day, they don’t pay themselves overtime, they don’t take holidays.

Read more
teamwork

How To Be More Successful Than 75% Of SMEs

The SME market is undeniably experiencing exponential growth across the USA, the United Kingdom and Australia, resulting in hefty competition and countless challenges. While the gaps and opportunities for success and longevity are existent, the question SME’s are asking is how they can become more competitive and more innovative? What is an SME? Although there are different interpretations of what an SME is. it is important to first define the classification of ‘small’ and ‘medium’ as they vary between countries and the domestic economy of those countries.

Read more
customer service

Customer Service: Separating Average And Exceptional Businesses

The customer is always right. This slogan (which was originally attributed to Harry Gordon Selfridge, who established Selfridges Department Store in London in 1908) was coined to encourage staff to provide better service to customers. Over the years, different versions have evolved. The French quote: ‘le client n’a jamais tort’ (the client is never wrong). Germans say ‘der Kunde ist König’ (the customer is king) and in Japan, the motto is ’okyakusama wa kamisama desu’ (the customer is a God).

Read more

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