The recent news that Elon Musk works a 120 hour week is rather alarming. And it seems he is not alone in this alarming trend according to the Guardian. However, numerous studies show that this level of work is usually counterproductive – both in terms of quality of work and decisions made and the long term impact on health. Just search ‘health consequences of overworking’ Continue reading Work Smart, not Hard
What is a family business?
A family business may be defined as one which is owned and managed by the same family through successive generations. Family businesses range in size from very large (UK examples include Associated British Foods, JCB and Arnold Clark Automobiles) to very small, with a modest sales revenue and perhaps just one or two employees.
Nearly one in two UK businesses are owned and run by families and they make a significant contribution to our economy – you are in good company!
The ideas below are mainly directed at smaller concerns and are based on discussions with owner managers as well as my own experiences working in a family business.
The thief of time… and the thief of morale?
Procrastination is the thief of time. For whatever the reason, the procrastination of others is very frustrating to work with.
It’s a bit like driving behind a slow vehicle on a twisting road when you’re in a hurry. You really want to overtake but the conditions won’t allow it, so you sit there getting more frustrated until in the end you can’t stand it any longer and go for it. Continue reading Procrastination
This is a business issue as well as a technical issue
Your business may well be reliant on your domain name – even traditional manufacturers are now finding that as much as 90% of new business comes via their web site. So – you need to get this right. Continue reading Who controls your domain name?
Can your customers find the information they need?
Your company has many successful brands, but do customers find it hard to obtain information about the particular product or brand that they are interested in? Continue reading Brand Confusion or Clarity?
Credit Crunch Tactics
With the recent financial turmoil and the current economic downturn, no one really knows when things will start to get better. Opinions vary across the world and here in the UK, treasury officials continue to publish comparatively optimistic forecasts that get quietly downgraded in the light of subsequent economic data. Continue reading Planning For The Upturn