Why do you need a business plan?

Posted on: March 2, 2020 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 It is surprising the number of them that either don’t have a business plan or have a plan that is out-of-date or that doesn’t include all of the right […]

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Don’t try to eat the white elephant whole – thoughts on change management and leadership

Posted on: November 18, 2019 Don’t try to eat the white elephant whole – thoughts on managing change and leadership

At the recent “Change management and leadership” workshop run by Professional Marketing Forum https://www.pmforum.co.uk/training.aspx we experimented with different tools and techniques to help lead and manage change. But one thing that the delegates focused on was “Don’t try to eat the white elephant whole”. Let me explain our thoughts on managing change and leadership. What’s […]

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Book review: Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness by Richard H Thaler and Cass R Sunstein

Posted on: October 24, 2019 Book review: Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness by Richard H Thaler and Cass R Sunstein

Behavioural science is a popular topic at the moment and “Nudge: Improving decision about health, wealth and happiness” was published back in 2008. It has particular resonance in professional services as co-author Sunstein is a professor at an American law school. The basic premise is that we do not decisions rationally like an “Econ” but […]

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Book review – Advanced Marketing Management: Principles, skills and tools by Nikolaos Dimitriadis, Neda Jovanovic Dimitriadis and Jillian Ney

Posted on: May 29, 2019 Book review – Advanced Marketing Management: Principles, skills and tools by Nikolaos Dimitriadis, Neda Jovanovic Dimitriadis and Jillian Ney

I read and review a lot of books but this was one – Advanced Marketing Management: Principles, skills and tools by Nikolaos Dimitriadis, Neda Jovanovic Dimitriadis and Jillian Ney – is one of the best I have come across for a while. I have sung its praises to many people already. It offers insight and […]

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Managing and marketing a profitable surveyors’ practice – Guiding and rising stars

Posted on: March 28, 2019 Managing and marketing a profitable surveyors’ practice – Guiding and rising stars

At the recent Managing and marketing a profitable surveyors’ practice workshop (https://www.mblseminars.com/Outline/Managing-_-Marketing-a-Profitable-Surveyors-Practice/5865/) the following ideas had the most impact on the delegates. There were two themes. The first was the “guiding star of strategy” – the vision of the partners, the business plan and the marketing plan. The second was “rising stars in the practice” […]

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