Monthly Archives: October 2014

Which UK region is winning the race to go global?


According to recent research we conducted with YouGov, 6 out of 10 UK SMBs will be trading internationally in just two short years — that’s a 20% increase on the number currently importing or exporting goods or services overseas. This flourishing of the UK economy and rise in confidence among UK small and medium businesses is encouraging, as prominent politicians and business leaders have said that SMBs are crucial to helping the UK make a mark on the global stage.

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15 image sources for your next presentation


If you want to make your presentation more visually appealing — and go beyond the standard Microsoft clip art — there are many online libraries of free and paid images available.

Knowing what you can and can’t use however can sometimes cause confusion, so here are some pointers as well as 15 sources for both paid and free images to help make your next presentation stunning (and legal).

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Great leaders are made, not born


Anyone who has ever listened to sports commentators or seen a Disney movie will be well versed in the concept of the born leader.

It’s a popular idea in Western culture that people develop in the womb, through genetics, the ability to inspire others, direct teams and guide organisations.

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The Apprentice: 5 lessons in first impressions


The tenth series of The Apprentice kicked off this week, with the usual array of buzzword bingo, bombastic music and talk of “becoming the next big thing” in business. Despite the artificial context and editing, it’s interesting to see how the candidates tackle a real-life challenge: making a good first impression that sticks (in the right way).

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Will you be exercising your right to request flexible working? [Infographic]


Earlier this year the UK government put new legislation into effect giving all employees the right to request flexible work. So for those who have always fancied working from home, dropping down to a four-day week or fitting working hours around school drop-offs and pick-ups, now’s the time to ask! Your employer is required to say yes or no. If they cannot say yes, they have a legal obligation to provide you with a valid reason why.

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Choose your language wisely when presenting (very wisely)


My grandmother has a set number of stories that cycle ‘round like the seasons; lots of grandmothers do it, and I’m glad that, at 92, she’s as prolific as ever.

One of the stories involves a version of “The House That Jack Built” but recited as formally as possible. She’s always said that her father used to recite it to her. It’s called “The Domiciliary Abode Constructed By John,” and it goes something like this…

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The three principles of successful meetings

I bet you can’t wait for your next meeting, can you?

No, I didn’t think so.

Almost everyone will be familiar with the energy-sapping reality of most meetings: waiting for the last, late person to arrive before you start, listening to the domineering attendee who loves the sound of their own voice and that sinking feeling as the minutes tick by and you think of all the real work accumulating on your desk, awaiting your late return.

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Happiness is the key to success at work

In his TED talk “The happy secret to better work,” psychologist Shawn Achor claims, “It’s not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.” According to Achor, we can change that lens so that not only can we change our happiness, but “we can change every single educational and business outcome at the same time”.

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