Inspiring Quotes – Some of My Favourites

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Sometimes we need a bit of inspiration or motivation.  These are some of my favourite Quotes that do just that, particularly when I need to readjust my perspective!   I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones...

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The Right Questions to Ask When Hiring Supply Chain Consultants

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The Right Questions to Ask When Hiring Supply Chain Consultants

As you almost certainly know if you follow this blog, I run a group of companies that includes a couple of successful supply chain consulting firms. That’s my full disclosure out of the way before you read the rest of this post. So why am I going to reveal the questions you must ask before engaging supply chain consultants?   Mostly it’s because if you’re a company leader thinking about hiring supply chain consultants, I want to help you select the right partner and hence maximise the likelihood of a successful engagement.   It helps of course, that I...

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Are Social Media Faux Pas Sabotaging Your Career Prospects

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Are Social Media Faux Pas Sabotaging Your Career Prospects

It’s no secret that social media networking has become a primary tool for career trailblazing, and if you’re planning a career move or looking for progression, you’re probably well aware of the need to network, both in the physical and online sense. Of course physical networking has its limitations, whereas networking through social media offers unlimited scope for making new connections and showcasing your talents. At the same time though, the accessibility of your online profile (and those of your network contacts) can be a curse as much as a blessing—more so in fact, as time goes on.  ...

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Revealed: The Best First Steps to Improve Your Business

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Revealed: The Best First Steps to Improve Your Business

If you’re the proud leader of a fledgling enterprise, there will doubtless come a time when you want to improve your business. In case you’re already reaching that point and wondering where to start, I’d like to share some tips that will help you take the first steps, with an emphasis on planning—probably the most influential factor in business improvement. Over the many years that I’ve been involved in founding, leading, and managing companies, as well as helping my consulting clients, I’ve had plenty of practice in the art of business improvement. Much of what I know today though,...

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3 Golden Rules for Successful Online Study

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3 Golden Rules for Successful Online Study

Whether you are a school-leaver, university graduate, single parent, overworked professional, or high-powered executive, flexible online training and education programs let you learn new skills at your own pace and in any location, as long as you can access the Internet (and even when you can’t, study material can often be browsed offline).   If you’ve never tried this form of (largely self-driven) education though, it’s important not to interpret “convenient” to mean “easy”.   To succeed with online study, you need to put in just as much effort and commitment as with any other mode of learning. Indeed,...

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3 Simple Tips for Efficient Decision-making

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3 Simple Tips for Efficient Decision-making

Decision-making has been a necessary part of my role for many years, both in running my own businesses and in my consulting work, where I’ve helped many other leaders to make important decisions about their own businesses. Does that make me a good decision-maker? I’d like to think so, but I’m also aware that there is always room for improvement. Have I ever struggled with decision-making, made a bad one, or procrastinated in the false hope that an issue would just go away? Yes, more than a few times if I’m honest, and so will you, both in your...

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