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Setting the CIO Free - How Outsourcing Can Give them a New Lease of Life

CIOs and IT directors may be winning the fight for a seat at the boardroom table but the evidence suggests that most still struggle to exert influence over business strategy. This message emerged clearly from a recent poll we conducted at Calyx, which gauged the views and opinions of 200 CIOs and IT Directors. It highlighted the key issue: senior IT decision-makers are too busy ‘fighting fires’ and trouble-shooting IT problems, to focus on driving the business forward. read more


 

Breaking The Bonus Culture

A number of the UK’s largest banks recently announced that annual bonuses, totalling billions of pounds, would be awarded to senior staff members. Despite growing concern from the government and the European Union (EU), as well as increasing questions from the public, the ‘bonus culture’ that surrounds the UK’s banks shows no sign of slowing. While many will perceive political and economic problems with these vast financial rewards being given to senior leaders of banks, there are also a number of missed opportunities at a more immediate organisational level — namely, what about the rest of the staff? read more


 

Helping Staff to Relocate is More Than a 9-5 Job!

Companies spend millions of pounds a year relocating staff. From junior to senior management, moving from one country to another is a huge task that involves not just packing clothes and booking a flight. read more


 

The 5 Biggest Mistakes When Using Storytelling In Business

Storytelling can be a powerful tool for building and promoting your business – but only if you get it right. Here are five common mistakes that businesses make when using storytelling. read more


 

Your Body Language – How To Change It And Use It To Help Get More Clients

Discover more about your body language and how you can use it to build rapport with potential clients. read more


 

Top Five Tips For Software Management In Small Businesses

Software licence management has always been something of a dark art, and with a raft of different licensing options and complex vendor agreements, it’s easy to lose track. For smaller businesses that invariably have tight budgets and finite resources, licence management often falls to the bottom of the priorities list. However, failure to address the licence issue could be opening companies up to legal and financial exposure that cost significantly more in the long-run. The time for small businesses to ignore the risks related to software licensing has to be over, with recent research showing that vendors are targeting small- to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) with greater frequency. read more


 

Accountability At Work

The ‘Blame Game’ is rife in the business world. Just stand by the coffee machine and listen for the “it’s not my fault”, “it’s not my job to speak to HR about this”, “I wouldn’t have done it that way if you hadn’t told me to” and so on. read more


 

MBAs, Entrepreneurship And Other Matters!

The “Do MBAs help an entrepreneur?” question is an old chestnut that never seems to be resolved. Part of the problem is one of ambiguity (what does ‘entrepreneurship’ mean?); part of the problem is one of sweeping generalisations and stereotypes (what does a typical MBA student or course look like?); part of the problem is the confusion of definitions (are we talking about the student/graduate, the programme or the business school?). read more


 

10 Things To Do In The Next 10 Days

Half the business world is incredibly busy whilst the other half is just waiting for something magic to come along. This checklist is aimed at businesses that are slowing down… feeling like they have got stuck… stuck staring into the headlights like the proverbial rabbit! read more


 

False Certainty

Memory is an active process. We fill in missing gaps in the information we are trying to recall and dismiss facts that do not fit into our expectations. We embellish some things and edit others. Something as significant as being involved in a major accident – a situation you would think would be permanently and indelibly burned into your memory - can get changed. read more


 

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