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To Plan or Not to Plan – That is the Question!

I consistently come across articles that dismiss the need or value of a business plan.  ‘Lean thinking’, ‘no-heirarchy model’ are two names given to a number of methodologies that essentially favours experimentation over planning.  Personally I am a fan of the plan! Grand entrepreneurs from Anita Roddick to Richard Branson have openly challenged the need…

Lessons from Kate Langbroek

I enjoyed a presentation by the humble, funny, delightful Kate Langbroek at the Whitehorse Women in Business Lunch. Kate has been through an amazing life and career journey that she was happy to share with us. There were so many wonderful anecdotes but here is a summary of the messages that resonated most with me.…

pieces of the puzzle

The Art of Facilitation

Facilitation is the art, the science, and the skill of guiding a group to Identify issues Solve issues Plan ahead There is a difference between attempted facilitation and good facilitation. Facilitation is an art and it’s not easy, yet managers and team leaders are expected to facilitate all kinds of meetings and activities without necessarily…

Colour in buyer behaviour

Pastries from a Pink Box

Pastries from a pink box taste better than from any other coloured box!  Why is colour so important in business? Because it has a influence on buyer behaviour. The late colour researcher Cartlon Wagner found out some very interesting things about the use of colour to influence buyer behaviour. Colour can tempt and discriminate simultaneously. A…

Dont' delay

On-Line Course Starting 7th July

Too often, too many people say those dreaded words: ‘should have’, ‘could have’, ‘want to’. Then theres the ‘but I’, ‘when I’, ‘after I’. Sometimes these excuses are related to starting your own business, turning your business into a hobby, or taking your current business seriously. I also hear a lot of “I don’t know…