It may have taken place in a galaxy far, far away, but in terms of leadership, there is much in Star Wars that we can learn from. The epic battles between the Jedi and the Empire have become part of the fabric of popular culture. But take a closer look and you will see traces […]
With the state of the UK government’s Brexit strategy still unclear, is business heading towards another season of uncertainty? Speaking with friends and colleagues leading fast-growth SMEs throughout the course of the summer, a common thread has been the lessons learnt as they’ve endeavoured to draw on leadership skills to provide reassurance and resilience within […]
Ever met a company which called in consultants and still talks well of them now? Me neither. Well, that’s not quite true. There are good people out there who’ve done really good stuff that has really helped.
Benjamin Franklin once said “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” and it is a maxim worth considering when it comes to commercial disputes. No person or organisation plans to enter into a dispute with a party that it engages with, but equally one should not classify disputes as something that ‘just happens’ […]
A business partnership is very much like a marriage. Very few are successful and last while many end in the termination of the relationship. There are, however, techniques and proven methods that you can use to divorce proof your business partnerships.
The world cup last week delivered some fantastic examples of teamwork and outstanding effort when the chips were down and the numbers are stacked against you.
Google the term ‘Corporate Culture’ and the web will return a myriad of academic articles referencing everything from ‘cumulative traits of human resource hires and their value orientation’ (I kid you not) to dress code and office set up policy. We have learned a lot about corporate cultures and the importance of valuing each one. […]
By Julian Leybourne, Founder and CEO, ICON Training Being able to adapt, change and be nimble has become increasingly important for any 21st century business, even those in more traditional or regulated sectors. It is vital to constantly look at new and improved ways to offer something that is relevant and beneficial for customers, […]
By Alessandro Porro, vice president of international at Ipswitch Twenty nations will do battle this autumn for the greatest prize in rugby union, the Webb Ellis Cup. However, a combination of the timing of the games and a trend towards device duplicity amongst staff is brewing up trouble for IT infrastructures this autumn. Group […]
Ask a room full of people the characteristics of the ideal leader, and it’s likely that you’d receive some broadly similar responses. Charisma, authority and decisiveness are commonly offered as crucial elements for success in leadership. Examine this in our daily lives, however, and the picture is less clear cut.
Over two weeks into market turmoil triggered by the plunge in Chinese stocks, pundits have offered no shortage of advice for everyone from retail investors to central bankers. But they have little to say for the executives and leadership teams responsible for making critical resource allocation and talent decisions for their companies.
Many business leaders will talk of the importance of a remote, mobile or flexible workforce but ask them to qualify what these terms actually mean and you’ll get a different response every time.