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5 things it takes to launch a successful start-up (and be happy)

If you’re a budding entrepreneur who wants to be in charge of your own destiny, this is the article for you. Maybe you’re craving that feeling of creating something from…

Single-user economics and the curse of zombie businesses

Some years ago, early in my consultancy career, I met the managers of a new technology company. They had a novel idea about how to gather information from the utility meters in…

The impact of digital technology on our working lives

For many of us, when we finish working we don't fully disconnect from the stresses of the work day, with two-thirds of UK workers regularly participating in communications outside…

What can we learn from family businesses in a changing world?

Family businesses employ 14 million people in the UK, accounting for roughly half of all private sector employment. They range from micro-businesses to multi-national global…

Inflation – what do I need to know?

Inflation is a grim phenomenon. It essentially represents a devaluation of the purchasing power of money. For a given amount of money, in effect, you’re able to buy less and less…

What are data analytics and how can they help your business?

With the surge of data volume and processing requirements, the need to understand data analytics is ever-rising. What are data analytics? Data analytics is the process of using…

Small business leadership in the face of climate change

In the wake of COP26, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres is reported to have said that COP26 climate pledges were a compromise that took important steps, but the "collective…

Burnout: what is it and what can managers do to prevent it?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people’s lives have been profoundly transformed, particularly in relation to how they go about their work. With many restrictions in…

Innovation and ‘making things happen’ – what you need and how to get it

Want to change the world? Or just your bit of it? What’s the single most important thing you need? It’s not passion or resilience or even a fabulous idea backed by a realistic…

Driving remote innovation through conflict and collaboration

To stimulate and refine ideas for innovation, organisations have traditionally relied on the energy of face-to-face, copresent teams collaborating both formally and informally in…