Process

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Ensuring your people and systems are seamlessly working together to achieve your ambitions or plan. Imagine your business is a set of whirring cogs, like a watch mechanism. When all is good and the mechanism is properly maintained and oiled, it will work fine. But if not maintained, or the oil has congealed then the mechanism will break down. Your business works the same. When all stakeholders are aligned, there is a clear vision and the systems, IT and other, …

Philosophy

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The purpose or vision of the business and the tactics and strategy to fulfil that purpose. A business requires a strategy, a vision, a purpose – it guides and drives the business. Without it the business will be lost. But it, and you as an SME business owner or senior manager, need to retain flexibility. The strategy sets the long term goal. But you need to carve a flexible tactical approach as to how you achieve that long term goal, …

Keeping it flexible!

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As a business owner or senior manager – the purpose or vision of your Company should be crystal clear to you and your colleagues. You should have a robust long term strategy, but also tactically you will need to work around that long term ambition as the environment in which you operate changes. But as we, hopefully, start to come out of the pandemic what will the future hold for our businesses. Undoubtedly, we will not operate as we used …

How an independent adviser can help you and your business.

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In my last blog, I talked about the benefits for an SME owner or senior manager to retain an independent adviser – to help overcome their challenges and achieve their ambitions. Or simply to provide that independent view, voice and reassurance – economically in terms of time and cost. You may feel all is going well, but you may not have considered certain aspects that could cause harm to your business, thereby causing unnecessary risk. But what are the kinds …

Being on your own running your business – who can you turn to for advice and support?

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Do you feel you are on your own – in running your business, or as a senior manager in your business? I have felt like that many times, and not just through this pandemic. But I have been lucky to have had support and advice from my coach and mentors. Sometimes you are faced with challenges and issues, but who can you turn to for advice or support, a work colleague? But talking to them may make you feel exposed. …

Working With Focus Five

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I work with businesses in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire and further afield, partnering with you to provide independent, practical business advice and business support to move you forward in the direction you want. You know your business better than anyone else. Day-to-day, it runs like clockwork. Well, most of the time… But, every so often, a problem or an opportunity crops up that you need to spend some time considering, away from the day-to-day distractions. The problem could be poor customer …

Delivering Business in a New Way during Lockdown

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Reducing risk in your business to help you mitigate the impact of Coronavirus. So is it possible to continue delivering your product or service when we are in lockdown? For some businesses it will not be possible, but there are plenty of examples of companies adapting to the new status quo, this takes imagination and creative thinking. Examples include: Consider alternative manufacturers which are not affected by the lockdown, maybe look abroad. Distribute your products to a new market, not …

Improving Communications to All

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Reducing risk in your business to help you mitigate the impact of Coronavirus: IMPROVING COMMS TO ALL Often overlooked but critically important, as a business owner you should communicate updates on your business with all your stakeholders during these difficult times. Not hearing from you or receiving the latest updates can be unsettling and lead to a conclusion that not all is well. Putting in place a communications plan would include: Setting and agreeing an agenda on key topics, to …

Short Term Tactical Plans During Coronavirus

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(for those businesses able to continue trading).  Every business should have a long term strategic business plan, together with short term tactical plans to help achieve its strategy. Under current extreme stress periods these tactical plans will need to be re-written so as to adapt and to keep your business on-track. Some areas of particular focus should include: Minimising the potential health risk to all employees, customers and service providers (these are obvious should I include) Operate within Government guidelines …