Balance for better: equality is more than just a numbers game

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day campaign centres on the struggle towards a more gender-balanced world

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Secrets of startup 'success': belief is as important as logic

Nick and I often get asked to give talks and take part in panels, on various aspects of making a business successful


How 1950s retailing advice holds up in 2019

Bernardo Trujillo was the great guru of retail in the 1950s – but he couldn’t foresee the rise of online, says Benoit Mahé 

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Manage business relationships like you would your love life

Perseverance and nurture are key to any successful relationship, whether in romance or business

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Time for a break: how a holiday can be a business milestone

If you can leave for more than a week without causing the business stress, then you are out of the startup phase

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Will the ego and soul of my company live on when I retire?

Empower your employees to keep up with the current processes after you leave


It's 'Planuary' but why not focus on your career all year?

Looking for your next role, or thinking more seriously about the future of your career, should not be a brief resolution

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Be courageous, build confidence: act on those opportunities

Courage is what you have when you face something scary, and you do it anyway. Confidence is what you have after you’ve done it

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How to get the best out of your team when money is tight

There are other ways to affect the happiness of your team without salary increases

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A successful career won't just happen - actively manage it!

Some actively manage their careers so they achieve it, while others leave it to chance

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Resolving conflicts in your team is vital for customer experience

Conflicts between colleagues can seriously damage relations and the overall effectiveness of an organisation


Small changes can go a long way in engaging employees

Engagement is about more than staff surveys and team-building activities


Say no to yes-men: contrarian candidates can be constructive

The drive toward a market hegemony shared by fewer and fewer larger companies has quickened as 2018 has progressed

Introducing change at work? Make sure your team is part of it

Benoit Mahé on how to motivate staff to adopt new technology

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Improve employee engagement with the right leadership style

Putting employee engagement and motivation on the company-wide agenda will lead to better performance

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Be ruthless: set your mind to achieving laser beam focus

A client described her life as feeling like a “tweeting effect” – everything rushed with short, unfocused bursts of activity

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Gareth Southgate's principled England team has much to teach businesses

Businesses, like football teams, must achieve a balanced approach to succeed, says Steve Parfett


Taking time out gives you perspective and space to breathe

I spend most of the week in a confused state of frustration and liberation

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Time and meeting management is key to efficient working

As multinational companies start to extend into different territories, demands on people’s time can increase massively

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Gareth Southgate shows the value of empathy in a leader

Many unpredictable trends have sat alongside the conventional ebb and flow of this year’s World Cup