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Entrepreneurial ambition & growth

Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growthLeading behavioursStaff & teams

Dr David Hall, Founder and Director of The Ideas Centre, spoke to the Managing Directors at a recent MD2MD meeting to explain the strategic (and cultural) benefit of adopting creative thinking within the culture of their business, to provide examples of how the blockages to creativity that operate within the mind of all individuals and to provide a practical and

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growthFinance, Governance & Control

LeaderFest 2013 panelist Jackie Lee shares her view of the process of selling a business. These are her suggested steps (this is not exhaustive and only based on her personal experience of her own deal): 1.       Identify M&A professionals/Corporate Finance Houses of a suitable size to be interested in your business (very prestigious firms will only look at very prestigious deals!) and

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growthFinance, Governance & Control

Jackie Lee, former owner of the Dolls House Emporium spoke at LeaderFest 2103 at Pinewood Studios and shared these tips based on her own experience of selling her business. Start with the end in mind Professionals in the Mergers and acquisitons field (I assume) lay out their plan of when the EBITDA reaches £X will be the right time to sell.  Owner-managers

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growth

A guest post by Gerard Smith, leadership author The test of time, changing roles and even technology may make leadership qualities look different but the truth is that leadership qualities have been remarkably consistent from the beginning of civilization until today. As any effective leader will tell you, becoming a good leader and remaining an effective leader are ongoing, long-term

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growthLeading behavioursStaff & teams

At the MD2MD launch meetings for Managing Directors in Leeds and Manchester last week, I heard again the frustration that I often hear expressed by Managing Directors about staff that do the job ‘ok’, follow the processes and follow the rules – but only just.   The frustration being ‘How do I get them to use their brain and ‘go

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

As a reminder of how important it is for us as SME business leaders to remain positive, constructive and professional however we feel about the performance of our team, I thought I’d just share an example of how NOT to behave as a business leader. Well at least in my opinion – and I hope in the opinion of most

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Effective managementEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

I’m often asked, implicitly or explicitly, questions about leadership. Questions such as: What is a leader? How do I lead? What is the difference between leadership and management? I have, over the years, developed quite a clear view of my own thoughts. And interestingly I recently met a wise and experienced gent, Bernard Cook, who it seems is even more

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Effective managementEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

Research suggests successful leaders focus on: Shaping the future AND Making things happen today Engaging today’s talent AND Building the Next Generation Investing in themselves Apparently the principles above cover about two thirds of what it takes to be an effective leader. The remaining ingredients are individual ‘differentiators’. This acknowledges that two people with vastly different styles can each be

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Effective managementEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

Writing my recent blog on job roles, and about how organisations evolve over the years from one person to many I was reminded of another theme I’ve noticed in the typical owner managed SME. It’s simply that the people at the top are usually (and understandably) often those who were there at the start, irrespective of their qualifications & previous

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Effective managementEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

The speaker at MD2MD last month, Mike Southon, shared numerous ‘simple’ tips about leadership, management and enterprise. As always it’s the simple things that are the best and often the ones we realise we don’t always do.  So here are three simple ideas that he attributed to his podcast interview with Sir Philip Trousdell availablehere. He makes a clear distinction

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