• Charm your way to success

    More than 20 years ago I ran a food and drink PR firm. This relationship model meant that business owners revealed their true selves to you, namely by articulating how they wanted others to view them. One restaurateur required media profiles of himself only and not his chef, even though I dared suggest that this […]

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  • Seeing the bigger picture

    Contrary to what many people believe the Queen says when you meet her (I haven’t had the pleasure), she doesn’t ask if you’ve come from far but instead poses this question: “Are you busy?” Taxi drivers and guests finishing breakfast meetings with me make a similar inquiry: “Do you have a busy day ahead?”
    The logic […]

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  • Delegating: why entrepreneurs shouldn’t fear delegation

    Iqbal Wahhab on how to resist the temptation to micro-manage

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  • Show me the benefit!

    You may be surprised to learn that businesses in the US which make charitable donations are technically breaking company law. Standard memorandum and articles of association state that a company’s sole purpose is to maximise shareholder value. I’ve never heard of shareholders suing a business for giving money to charities instead of offering them more […]

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  • Show extremists who’s boss

    Will businesses eventually control governments? Not in the way the super-rich have made party donations to influence policy, but in how government views its realms of influence. This would have been a daft question even a few years ago. But two big changes in how governments view their own effectiveness, and how they see businesses […]

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  • Leading the way on skills

    Politicians rarely show an understanding of business, let alone have experience of running a company, so what are we supposed to do when asked to engage with them? I’ve met many ministers and shadow ministers and it’s laughable how little they comprehend our world. One claimed to identify with business because he once had a […]

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