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8 Ways To Re-Invent Yourself In A Crisis – 3. Strategically Prune

Business owners are being forced to re-invent their business in one way or another. Some markets such as business exhibitions have stopped, whilst others like IT support and employment law are super busy. I work with a business that supplies into the art gallery and exhibition sector and its sales suddenly stopped as events were […]

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8 Ways To Re-Invent Yourself In A Crisis – 2. Look For Opportunities

These unprecedented times have forced business owners to re-invent their business in one way or another. You’ve probably seen how some food shops have started delivery services or created lockdown products – packages of specific products to help us get through the lockdown. I live in Ossett, near Wakefield and two local examples stand out […]

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8 Ways To Re-Invent Yourself In A Crisis – 1. Do One Thing

Business owners are being forced to re-invent their business in one way or another. A few examples I have been involved in include: A training business pivoting from face-to-face workshops to online workshops; An IT business accelerating its use of remote access software to monitor and control their customers’ technology; An auditor switching to remote […]

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What Will Your Business Look Like Post Covid-19?

This Is Your Window Of Opportunity… I really hope you are getting to grips with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on your personal and business life. Before I get onto my points about what your business will look like post Covid-19, I wanted to give you an overview of what my experience has been […]

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A Safe Haven For A Business Owner

As a business owner I know many other business owners, some of whom I work with as an advisor. Many of us worked for a boss in the past. We naturally looked to them for some direction and often had to get approval for things like recruitment, spending a lot of money beyond a budget, […]

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Accountability…When You’re The Boss

In my last blog I talked about how you, as the boss, should apply a model of accountability. That model focuses on: having clarity of expectations between you and your team regularly monitoring those expectations In this blog, I want to talk about a much trickier subject…how you, as the boss, hold yourself accountable. Accountability […]

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Accountability…Are You Doing It Right?

As I’m sure you know, I spend a lot of my time talking and working with business owners. Two of the most common words that come up in those conversations are: Structure: being more organised, people knowing their job; Accountability: staff don’t take on enough responsibility, they get away with underperforming. Accountability Is So Important […]

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As A Business Owner, Do You Resemble A Swan?

You own and manage your own business. It’s a massive part of your life. Whenever you’re socialising and meeting new people, you may tell them that you have your own business. I suspect their usual reaction is one of being impressed. You are seen as the entrepreneur, a leader, a person in charge of their […]

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Don’t Be A Typical Business Owner

If you’re anything like me, over the last couple of weeks you’ve probably received numerous emails encouraging you to make 2020 the year of growth. Of course, the senders are presuming that you’re the typical Business Owner. The messages are almost always about selling more, growing the top line and getting bigger. That’s a bigger […]

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My Single Piece Of Advice For 2020

In my earliest days training to be a Chartered Accountant (I did make it through to qualification and am now a Fellow Chartered Accountant) I did lots of company audits. The nightmare as a Junior Auditor was having to attend the stocktakes. Many were usually as close as possible to the end of December when […]

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