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The Meeting About The Meeting is Cancelled

February 8th, 2010 » Comments (0)

If you own, work in, or with a business that has more than two or three employees you will hold meetings. This is a fact of life. Just like death and taxes. However, unlike death and taxes, meetings are not out of your control. You can pretty much define the nature of your meeting, the […]

Ask An Expert

May 29th, 2008 » Comments (2)

In his recent post Using experts as an investment strategy Permjot Valia wrote: I was impressed by a business which was in the area of film production. The management team were very strong and had been at the sharp end of production for a number of years. The business seemed to be worth backing. As […]

Human Resources Management

February 20th, 2008 » Comments (3)

Seth Godin recently wrote about Human Resources, saying: in days of yore, factories consisted of people and machines. The goal was to use more machines, fewer people, and to design processes so that the people were interchangeable, low cost and easily replaced. The more leverage the factory-owner had, the better. Hence Personnel or the even […]

On Motivating Employees

January 17th, 2008 » Comments (0)

Motivating employees is a hot topic at the moment. The key motivational theories are covered on most MBA courses, touched on by many management books and of course blogged about. Unfortunately despite the knowledge being widely available, it doesn’t seem to be widely understood. Instead managers seem to rely on the carrot and stick approach […]

16 Ways To Motivate Employees

January 7th, 2008 » Comments (2)

Understanding what motivates employees is important for any manager, understanding ways to motivate people is essential for any entrepreneur. In a previous post I addressed the management theories on how to motivate employees, this post looks at 16 ways you can put these theories into action. Recognition – when someone does something well, praise them, […]

How To Recruit Knowledge Workers

November 22nd, 2007 » Comments (1)

Businesses today depend more and more on knowledge workers, that is workers whose knowledge and experience is specialised and according to Peter Drucker should be viewed by a company as a capital asset. A point on which I agree with him entirely. Software developers are a great example of today’s knowledge workers and they are […]

Get Your Spouse On Board

April 6th, 2007 » Comments (1)

I’m very lucky that my wife I and run our business together, it means that we both understand what we’re doing, why we doing it and the risks we’re taking when we choose a course for our business. It also means we can share my business ideas with each other without boring or frustrating each […]