Business

Sitting at your desk all day is bad for your health

We spend 65-75% of our day seated and stationary according to a recent survey. Not just at work but again when we get home and collapse in-front of the TV for the evening. Even as someone who works from home, I spend much of my day either on the phone or at the computer ……

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Four Simple Steps For Effective Feedback

Effective communication with your team

Feedback is an important way for leaders to communicate and manage their teams. Feedback can be positive and ‘constructive’ (rather than negative). It’s important to give both types of feedback, rather than just always giving one (usually constructive). Avoid linking the two – giving with one hand and taking away with the other. How To…

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Extreme ways to deal with email!

Going away on holiday and you dread returning to thousands of emails in your Inbox? Are you receiving hundreds of emails on a daily basis? If you don’t have the luxury of having someone else manage your email for you while you’re away, here are a few of the more extreme ways I’ve heard senior…

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The right to flexible working

right to flexible working

From June this year all employees in the UK (who’ve been employed for 6 months) now have the right to request flexible working. Just because they can, doesn’t mean they will or that it suits every employee or business. Don’t panic – this could be great for your business. Flexible working allows people to work…

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Bartering Your Services

Be wary of requests to trade or barter your services.  While it can seem like a good way to get goods or services without spending cash – think carefully. – Is it really something you want or is useful for you and your business? – Would you be prepared to pay for it anyway?  There’s…

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Always late for meetings? Missing appointments?

Being late for a meeting or missing an appointment isn’t just an indicator that you’re not good at managing your time, it also shows a certain disregard for the person or people you’re meeting. They’ve made time for you in their day.  They’ve turned up on time (hopefully).  They may even have altered or moved…

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The benefits of flexible working

Over the past few months I’ve been limited in the amount of time I spend working, so I’ve been working flexibly. It’s something you can do too – especially if you’re running your own business.  You don’t need to stick to a strict 9-5 if it doesn’t suit you or your lifestyle. While it helps…

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Yes, No or Maybe

When you say Yes – do you actually mean it? Quite often someone will say they’ll do something when actually they won’t. It’s not through malice, it’s usually because they haven’t thought ahead. When they say “I’ll call you later/this afternoon/tomorrow” – actually they already have plans for ‘later’ or they’re not going to be…

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Webinar recording: Tips to improve your business

Here is the recording from a recent Town Hall webinar I gave for the Kinder Institute of Life Planning. Time Management teleconference. A few of the topics discussed – Core Values, Money Management, Time Management, offering value and managing your clients and business. If you’d like the Core Values worksheet mentioned on the call or…

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Have you got a business plan?

Yes?  No? Not one of those 20+ page documents you put together when you first started your business or went to the bank to ask for funding – but something that is a working document about how you run your business. When I asked that question to a room of 200 business owners recently, only…

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