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Fighting Middle-Aged Spread

Posted by Edward - CEO on 22/07/2019

Some people get to a certain age and one day they look in the mirror, or maybe they try on their favourite shirt, and they wonder, “What happened?”. What happened to that well ripped body.


The six pack is morphing into one squidgy ab. And the pecs are slowly reaching down for our belly button. The problem is, some people ‘let things go a little’. This doesn’t happen to everyone. But it does happen.


Like middle aged spread in some of us, at a certain age, some businesses go the same way. The founding directors, even though it’s still their business, ‘let things go a little’. I see it all the time. Businesses get busy. Founding directors get busy. And things slip passed them that wouldn’t have got through a few years earlier.


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Topics: In the workplace, All

Time Management  -  Is Your Business Losing Time?

Posted by Edward - CEO on 20/05/2019

Talking with a prospective client, a director’s big concern was they were writing off too much each month. Their initial email said “Our business is leaking time”. After some discussion I suggested they meet routinely and have staff agree on expectations of how long each piece of work should take. Things will then more likely be done within agreed times and thus agreed client budgets. This could plug the leaks and reduce their write offs.

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Topics: Insider, In the workplace, Money Management

Maybe The Best Management Advice You’ll Ever Receive

Posted by Edward - CEO on 16/04/2019

Managing Your Business

Running a business can be hard. You always have to remember it’s your business. If you’re taking advice from anyone else, take it with a healthy bit of scepticism even if they’re a ‘Trusted Advisor’.


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Topics: In the workplace, Money Management

7 Things to Expect in your Project Management Time & Cost Software

Posted by Edward - CEO on 01/04/2019

You’ve grown your business and you’re looking for a project management software package that enables you to do more. Life’s too short to be wasting time on a system that's not delivering.

So beyond the cool graphics and seductive gizmos you don’t use anyway (that some vendors emphasise when pushing their product), here are 7 things to expect in your project management software.

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Topics: In the workplace, All

3 Issues Facing Professional Services Firms, and How to Overcome Them

Posted by Edward - CEO on 01/03/2019

It’s easy to count inventory and track sales when you’re making or selling items of stock.  How do you manage in a professional services firm selling time and expertise?

The thing with professional services firms is they don’t make stuff. They don’t sell stuff either. They sell expertise. That's their business, trying month by month like all businesses, to survive in the margin between total outgoings and total receipts. Working in this ecosystem requires business practices that inventory based systems simply don't support. They're not built for it.

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Topics: In the workplace

Are your business management systems classical beauties or creaky wrecks?

Posted by Edward - CEO on 16/01/2019

Heritage is always a tricky subject in modern cities, with one person’s culturally significant building being another person’s eyesore. It’s useful to think about your business systems in the same way, and the role of heritage in achieving the best result for your business.

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Topics: Insider, In the workplace