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The beautiful gain
Print – Issue 168 | Article of the Week

Being perceived as strategic and ‘always in control’ may have been the holy grail for leaders of the past, but increasingly, they need to be inspiring coaches and communicators, not hiding behind statistics and data.

Article by: Austin Swain | Published: 24 October 2018

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Top 10 tips for your business to weather tough times

Only a couple of years ago, I was about to close my business.  I’d tried everything to save it, but it simply wasn’t working. I was forced to let six staff go, leaving just myself and one other. Then, at the very last minute, we signed a key client and the company was saved.

Article by: Anthony Main | Published: 21 October 2018

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Design for adaptability and innovation

"Disrupt yourself or be disrupted”, is a growing cliché. But I’d encourage HR to park their desire for adopting disruptive behaviour for a moment and think of organisational performance in a more holistic and connected sense. The employee or consumer experience is not going to change just because HR want to be disruptive.

Article by: Chris Furnell | Published: 20 October 2018

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Companies must re-shape to cope with industry 4.0

CIOs believe the internet of things, cloud computing and automation are changing the way companies staff their technology departments; 29 percent of IT departments claim they are understaffed, increasing to 42 percent for those in large companies. As the roles of tomorrow are being shaped by digitalisation, so too are the skills required.

Article by: Steve Sully | Published: 3 October 2018

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A cross between Nelson Mandela and Olga Korbut
Print – Issue 166 | Article of the Week

Now, pace of change means any process implemented six months ago may well not be fit for today. A layer of control has to be implemented without becoming ‘controlling’ and obstructing adaptability and innovation - first step is understanding that there's a relationship between standardisation and agility.

Article by: Philip Alexander | Published: 30 August 2018

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Turning the Tide on Business Intelligence Failure 

When does business information become a business disadvantage? Using today’s Business Intelligence (BI) tools can be a bit like trying to drink from a fire hydrant – too much information, from all directions, with no control. Far too often the very business driver a company set out to find and monitor gets lost in the melee.

Article by: Robert Dagge | Published: 20 August 2018

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Is your marketing strategy aligned with your business goals?

A recent study by Oxford Economics shows UK SMEs are more confident than ever before in 2018 and 41 percent plan on using their agility, innovation and strong customer relationships to reach ambitious targets. With all this in mind, now is a great time to consider whether your marketing strategy is aligned with your goals.

Article by: Jakiya Rahman | Published: 15 August 2018

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Pressure makes diamonds*
Print – Issue 165 | Article of the Week

Brexit, growing customer expectations, the relentless battle for talent, investor targets and a constant need to innovate - if ever there was pressure on business it is right now. Pressure can crush some and drive others. Indeed, in the right circumstances, pressure can be turned into a positive influence.

Article by: Emily Cyran | Published: 2 August 2018