Summer’s over, deal with it

Sep 01, 2014 No Comments by
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It’s Monday 1st September. It’s probably raining where you are right now. We hope so anyway, because sunny summer days are rubbish for websites. We’d rather you were huddled inside in the cold, writing or reading articles. Whilst you were lounging by the pool there’s been lots going on. Take a look at the whole site […]

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Aug 31, 2014 No Comments by

I’ve recently returned from two weeks with family and friends ~ nineteen of us in total ~ in the Vendee. During the drive back we talked about our holiday highlights, what we each liked best and what we thought we would remember in years to come.  Each of us had some different highlights, yet we […]

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Business Development Ideas for Advisers – the MPAF Podcast

Aug 30, 2014 No Comments by

I’ve just intervied Phil Young for an upcoming episode of the Marketing Protection and Finance (MPAF) Podcast. We had a great chat about business development, content marketing, the success of Adviser Lounge and blogging in general. In advance of Phil’s episode going live in mid-September, here’s some information on the podcast and the interviews you […]

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Talent Management

Aug 28, 2014 No Comments
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Managing Your Top Talent Attracting and retaining outstanding staff is one of the biggest challenges to building a great business. Talent management is another one of these really obvious statements I know, but unfortunately, it is rarely executed well in small businesses. Some firms are able to do the attracting part pretty well, but when it comes to the retaining part, […]

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How to win at Fantasy Football (and succeed as a leader?)

Aug 26, 2014 No Comments
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I like Fantasy football. I love it. Why? I’m brilliant at it. I’m the reigning champion at threesixty and I take pride in rubbing this fact in the face of my colleagues. Especially Phil Young. But why should Mr Young sit up to attention and realise my achievements when the FA so clearly failed to […]

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Chaos, Cabinets and the confessions of a paper phobic

Aug 24, 2014 9 Comments
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Now I’m back in the office I’ve replaced my holiday reading, which included a book about a teenage detective with Aspergers syndrome, the story of the hunt for the Commandant of Auschwitz and the latest Mark Bililngham, with a book to help me with just getting a tiny bit more efficient. The book that’s hopefully […]

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This week

Aug 22, 2014 No Comments
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In the much the same way that the Velvet Underground sparked a thousands bands, some articles spark off debates. Jamie Jenkins article on Adviser Charging related to the retirement advice gap, but the comments include a lengthy discussion around what it would take, and whether it’s possible, to deliver advice for £400. Worth a read. Advisers often complain about […]

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Ideas For Building Your Team

Aug 20, 2014 No Comments
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Team Development Getting your business to work effectively and breaking through to the next level of performance can be tough. In my experience, being able to tap into the potential of your team is a major contributor to a company’s success. Most firms are full of well-meaning people trying to do their best. Part of […]

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What Michelin Stars have to do with your marketing

Aug 18, 2014 No Comments
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Imagine you’re at a party. There are perhaps thirty people sitting down to eat dinner and you want to speak to everyone there. But the person next to you just won’t stop talking. Worse still: they’re only talking about themselves. You keep catching bits of other people’s interesting conversations but then your neighbour is back […]

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