Growing Your Business

Growing Your Business

Word of the Week Trust; Trust is the fundamental building block of any brand, and is the glue for any lasting relationship. A lack of trust within an organisation saps its energy, creates a climate of suspicion and replaces it with internal politics. It leads to low morale and low standards of performance. Trust is the intangible asset that provides an assurance of long term sustainability. It reduces transaction costs, it reduces the need for litigation and speeds commerce, it lubricates organisations and societies. Trust is the key to the speed of growth. It is the most important leadership attribute that will
Benjamin Black, consultant at gunnercooke, reports on 'Successful Workforce Mergers - The Power of Planning and Positive Engagement'. Download the full report  
Change (noun) (verb), "Kotter says that to create change you need to create a sense of urgency. To do that, he writes about creating a 'burning platform' i.e. spell out the consequences of not changing, loss of market share, potential revenue drop, 5 year trend of declining margins or an emerging market that everyone is ignoring, the loss of jobs and even the demise of the business. Talking about change suddenly becomes a lot easier. Creating a vision and developing strategies around it suddenly becomes obvious."
In case you missed our webinar... Fiona Dillon talks about the different steps that every business owner needs to take when succession planning.   Five essential succession planning steps for every business owner from gunnercooke llp on Vimeo.
Part Four in our C*SR series: “If you have something to give, give it now" - Mark Bezos We are passionate about the work of not for profit and social businesses. We are passionate about the difference that they can make in the World. We want to accelerate that difference by bringing them in daily contact with the corporate world and successful business leaders. We want to provide them with business guides and mentors that can provide them with the direction that they need. Our Hub Leaders Are successful CEOs or entrepreneurs Work with the CEOs of 4 to 6 not for profit businesses drawn from the...
Motivation (noun); "superleaders are geniuses at motivation. Unlike ordinary bosses they don’t want 80% of the attention and dedication of their people. They want 100%. And they get 100%. But not by waving big bonuses. It isn’t about money. People know when they are working for a special boss – someone who is changing the rules, is unafraid to take risks, deeply cares about achieving a higher objective and invites his or her people to be part of it and cares about them as if they were family. When you have that sort of leader you feel part of a much
Service "you are always fully compensated for whatever you do, positive or negative. If you wish to increase the quantity of your rewards, you must first increase the quality and quantity of your service. Entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, sales people work on average, 59 hours per week for many years to become successful. Then everyone tells them how ‘lucky' they are."
Reciprocity (noun), Law of reciprocity "Cialdini, visiting professor of business, marketing and  psychology at Stanford argues that there is a law of reciprocity. Send someone a birthday card and they will send you one back. It is why charities give out buttons and pencils when they’re trying to raise funds, or why someone telling us some juicy gossip will likely draw a nugget of information from us, or why it feels awful to say ‘I love you' and to be met only with a smile. Reciprocity is a powerful force for social harmony and for doing business."
"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What is Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!" Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas At this time of year, we're getting more and more excited for Christmas - it's also that time when friends and relatives ask 'What would you like as a present?' ...Well, rather than risk another pair of socks, how about a good book to read over the festive period? Here are our favourites for this year: 1. Relentless, by Tim Grover. Grover is the international authority on sports performance and motivation...
Part three in our C*SR series: 'Everyone can be great because everyone can serve' - Martin Luther King There are 165,000 charities in this country and at present, over 71% of charitable funding goes to just the top 1%. This can’t be right. We believe that businesses have a role to play in fixing it. The challenge is this: How can businesses help solve the world's problems, effectively? We must combine our hearts and our heads and turn our good intentions into amazingly good outcomes.  There are thousands of passionate smaller charities out there in need of support, funding, guidance and networks.  inspire*, the gunnercooke charitable foundation, works

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