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It is quite amazing in 2012 that any company would ignore the online market. Billions of people are online interacting every day. It is well established that business is widely carried out online, harnessing the social platforms. Billions of  Dollars, Euros, Yen changing hands daily online. Popular Reasons for not Engaging Why would a large section of business ignore this? Fear. Embarrassment. Mistakes. Negative comment. Lack of understanding of the channel. Not having completed research into…

We all know that it can be difficult enough to manage a business, even more so in this current climate. Now add to that mix raising young children while doing just that, and many people would raise their hands in despair and want to pull their hair out! In this post I hope to dispel the myth of the Supermum and explain why so many mothers should quit chasing the fairytale. Yet that is exactly what a lot of mothers are doing – often from home. Each one is doing it to be there while her…

Mis – Communications. Have you ever been in a business situation where you were having difficulty understanding why staff and customers, superiors and subordinates, even co-workers were having difficulty understanding each other? In these situations did you notice changes in their body language and attentiveness, those non-verbal communication cues; as well as the tonality and emphasis in their verbal communication to sense if there was alignment and whether there was a solid groundwork…

There is without a doubt one boss that I have had in my marketing career that I would call out as the very best boss I ever had. Partly as he was so exciting, inspiring and technically excellent, but also he taught me some key principles about what makes a great leader and boss. Below is a list of 5 of the key principles that he taught me, that I believe what makes a great leader. #1: Ensure that everyone in your team, at all levels,  feel they are part of a big, special, important and…

Basic human needs are the fundamental aspects of human nature. Values, beliefs, and customs differ from country to country and group to group, but all people have similar needs. This is more relevant in the workplace now than ever before, especially when management style is being scrutinised, and Leadership is becoming the preferred method of empowering employees, clients, colleagues and peers. In this post, we will look at what a few of the expert Theorists have researched over the last…

What if your small business could monitor the needs of your local community in real-time for services and products you provide? Imagine getting a text message when a local person or business posts that they would pay X dollars for your services/products. With Zaarly, this is now a possibility and creates some interesting opportunities for small businesses. Zaarly can be compared to Craigslist or eBay, but with a much more mobile-friendly interface. The strength of the system is that it allows…

Every person is motivated differently – every person motivates differently.Take a moment to evaluate and rank on a scale of 1 to 5; 5 being the highest, your company’s score for each statement below. The Motivating Smart Survey Employees’ values, motivations, and talents are understood and measured. Employees consider their jobs rewarding and interesting. Employees are committed to jointly owned, shared goals, values, and beliefs. Employees hold each other accountable against agreed…

In the quest for employee engagement and the resulting increases in productivity & profitability, businesses are prepared to invest in any number of initiatives – from employee assistance programmes to flexible lifestyle benefits. However, few have seen their workplace as an investment in engagement to such an extent that it makes a tangible impact on the bottom line. This doesn’t just mean putting a few pot plants around the office and opening the window every Friday. It…

A recession is a great time to start a new business. Assets are cheap, labour is available, and if you can make it in a recession, your chances of survival are much higher than average. Having a great idea or spotting an acquisition bargain is a long way from getting a business out of the zero zone and into profits though. Some folk get so fired up about their new idea that they forget to check the limiting factors. This post looks at some of the classic mistakes that start-up enthusiasts are…

When I mentioned this at a workshop recently one of the business owners said: “You mean there are only 3 keys to success?  Where have I been going wrong all these years?”  I may tend to oversimplify – simply for the sake of directness. There are more than 3 keys to successful business growth – I am simply mentioning 3 of the more significant ones that I work with clients on.  Add to the list: products and services of value to your customers, motivated and talented workers, a…