Is a universal or multi tool as good at performing as individual specialist tools? Convenient yes, a long term solution... no It is true that no man is an island. When starting out in business as well as running and growing your business, quite simply you cannot do it on your own. You need trusted business advisers. But there is a problem. No one is truly "independent" no matter what their beliefs of education. Once a banker... always a banker Some years ago when I was working as a specialist … [Read more...] about Why not to trust an "independent" business adviser or mentor
Recently one of my daughters asked if a friend of hers could meet me to talk about setting up her own business. Of course I said yes, but it got me thinking. I'm sure many people are thinking about doing this, but don't know where to start. There is a lot of information out there. But is it accessible? Does it make sense? This article is based on the initial questions I was asked. The real question when thinking about starting a business is “what don’t I know” or the “don’t know what you don’t … [Read more...] about Starting your own business
Where to Train - On-site or off-site? One of the most common questions asked by people new to training is "which is better... on or off site training?". Unfortunately there is no single right answer but the following may help you in your decision for a given course or programme. Generally speaking the more "training"/ direct job related the activity then being "on-site" has its advantages of associating the learning with the work place. For development activity in preparation for a future … [Read more...] about Training Courses – On or off site?
What is Mentoring? Is mentoring a fad or here to stay as a valuable organizational development strategy? 87% of businesses in the UK utilised mentoring according to a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Survey (1999), (Klasen and Clutterbuck 2002) This trend has continued, however some organizations call mentoring interventions "coaching" to appear leading edge, but that is a piece for another article. Mentoring in a business sense is a vehicle for self development. Having … [Read more...] about Business Mentoring What is it?