Why do you need a business plan?

Many of the clients I work with in the legal, accountancy, property and other sectors are relatively small but fast-growing businesses with up to 30 owner-managers. It is surprising the number of them that either don’t have a business plan or have a plan that is out-of-date or that doesn’t Read More

2020-03-02T09:48:27+00:00March 2, 2020|Accountants, Kim's Blog, Lawyers, Management Skills, Property, Strategy|

Six insights from marketing and business development assistants

Earlier in November, there was a full house on the Professional Marketing Forum’s half day workshop on Practical and Professional Skills for Marketing and Business Development Assistants. https://www.pmforum.co.uk/training.aspx There were delegates from legal, accountancy, actuarial, property and engineering firms. Here are the six insights from marketing and business development assistants that Read More

2019-11-25T10:42:33+00:00November 25, 2019|Kim's Blog, Marketing|

At the heart of what we do – Better Business Relationships

What is at the heart of what we do - Better Business Relationships. Business relationships are at the heart of professional services – people buy people. Relationships are a key component of client service and often the source of competitive differentiation and real added value. Recently I presented a short Read More

Growing a surveyors’ practice – Five golden rules? (February 2017)

In February I presented another of the successful MBL training courses “Managing and marketing a profitable surveyors’ practice” in Dublin, Ireland. It was interesting that the majority of the themes and issues raised during these sessions in the UK were raised at the session – despite the rather different economic Read More

2017-04-18T14:22:22+01:00April 18, 2017|Kim's Blog, Management Skills, Property, Strategy|

We’re all change managers in professional services

At a recent in-house training workshop on “Communication, conflict and negotiation” I explained about different personality, cognitive and relationship styles – and the mind set of fee-earning professionals. We considered how to adapt our approach so that we could create rapport and trust and forge strong relationships with fee-earners. This, Read More