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Posts from ‘October, 2015’

Rebel with a cause

– By Andrew B Morris Sometimes a business needs more than incremental change. In fact while we all recognise the importance of teamwork and the dangers of maverick ‘wunderkinds’, from time to time, every business can benefit from a rebel who comes along to shake things up, challenge behaviour and complacency and change its course. […]

Can work be fun?

– By Bruce King Lots of companies have bought into the idea that making work more fun will improve performance. Some have ’fun’ or ‘happiness’ officers. One has a “Wow!” department that dispatches costume-clad teams to “surprise and delight” successful staff. Red Bull, the drinks firm, has even installed a playground slide in its London […]

It’s the recognition, stupid!

– By David Smith The world of business is obsessed with remuneration, in all its many forms. We spend huge amounts of time and money devising stock schemes, bonus schemes and incentives of various kinds, not to mention relating our base pay to the market and the going rate for jobs. Larger businesses wouldn’t dream […]

Success has many parents, failure’s an orphan

– By Dominic Irvine In May, supported by a fantastic team, my riding partner Charlie Mitchell and I broke the 49 year old record for cycling non-stop from Land’s End to John O’Groats on a tandem, shaving over 5 hours off the record to complete the 842 miles in 45 hours 11 minutes and 2 […]

Case Study: sliding to success

Cosatto is a company that is on a mission to save the world from boring baby stuff, producing a distinctive range of prams, pushchairs and car seats with an instantly-recognisable style, bright colours and bold patterns. Andrew Kluge, a member of Peter Hills’ Academy group 18, bought the Cosatto brand in 2003 and relocated the […]

14 truths of motivation

– By Phil Jesson Money motivates neither the best people nor the best in people. Don’t be a karaoke leader. It’s better to be a first-rate version of yourself rather than a second-rate version of someone else. People will deliver mediocre work if they are driven. But they’ll deliver exceptional work if they drive themselves! […]