The best business advice


We asked March’s contributors for the best business advice they have ever been given. Here’s what they said…

KatKate_Havas__Shot_20800_FZe Robertson
Co-global president, Havas Worldwide
The best piece of advice I ever received was to take what you do seriously, but not to take yourself too seriously. I have probably used this to my detriment but I believe it is really important to have the ability to laugh at yourself. A second piece of advice that resonates with me is: no one is more interested in your career than you. @kateatoyw
Robertson urges employers to hire more young workers here


James-TaylorJames Taylor
Founder, SuperStars
I’ll do today what others won’t, so you can have tomorrow what others don’t. For me, this encapsulates the entrepreneurial rollercoaster that you’ll understand if you are a business owner. It describes the necessary risks that you have to take, but also the benefits that come when these risks pay off.
Taylor takes part in our debate on TV shows like The Apprentice

Sophie-Chandauka-2Sophie Chandauka
Head of group treasury (legal), Virgin Money Group
I once heard former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani say that hope is not a strategy. While aspiration and optimism are essential qualities for entrepreneurial success, very little meaningful progress is attainable without a robust strategic vision that puts the customer at the heart of everything. You also need a plan B.
Chandauka discusses buyouts and the Black British Business Awards here

Jimmy-McLoughlin-Jimmy McLoughlin

Deputy head of policy, IoD
Mr Waller, my old headmaster, used to boom, ‘stay hungry and stay humble’ through the corridors of our school. No matter how well things are going for you, never get carried away. Make sure you stay focused, stay grounded, and always remember that the more success you have, the bigger the target on your back.
Read McLoughlin’s report on Gen Y entering the boardroom

Louise-GulliverLouise Gulliver

Director of professional development, IoD
You don’t have to be religious for this to resonate. God (the universe or whoever) grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. My mum shared this advice with me. When times are tough I say this to myself and the world makes sense again.
Gulliver discusses the skills directors need to thrive in the post-recession era

Simon-GageSimon Gage
Director, the Soho Collective
Don’t do it unless you love it. My old film studies teacher Terry Bolas gave me this advice, saying that you shouldn’t waste time on things that don’t fulfil you. I’ve seen friends of mine shoot up the ladder, but a lot of them don’t actually enjoy what they do. I still buzz with excitement at my job. Money can’t buy you that.
Gage headed to a remote island in the Stockholm archipelago for some quality chill-out time

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Richard Dunnett

Richard Dunnett

Richard Dunnett is an associate editor who writes about entrepreneurs, SMEs, FTSE 100 corporations, technology, manufacturing, media and sustainability.

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