Professor Richard Wiseman suggests that 24% of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators while humorously adding that this probably underestimates the scale of the problem since many others delayed filling in the form. Managing your time efficiently and doing tasks in a timely fashion is critical in business, so how do you prioritise your to-do list efficiently? The Eisenhower Matrix can help.
This article looks at four basic business structures - sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership and limited company. In 90 seconds or less.
Moments ago Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as leader of the Labour Party. Given that the challenge to his leadership was held after a vote of no confidence saw him lose by 172-40, it seemed an ideal time to think about his shadow front bench in the classic group analysis of forming, storming, norming, performing...
The management industry does seem to like its acronyms and this article briefly looks at objective or goal setting in two formats, the SMART way and the GROW version.
One of the origins of this project was the realisation that in the current climate of crazy rents, young chefs need financial sponsors to make their restaurant dreams come true. But sitting over the table from a money-man or banker can not only be an intimidating experience, but can be packed with jargon that at best puts you on the back foot, and at worst can lead you into signing contracts that might seriously run against your own best interest.
If you are not a fan of Formula 1, or you are of a certain, younger age, you might have no idea who Damon Hill is. He is the 1996 Formula 1 World Champion, son of double F1 World Champion Graham Hill and currently Sky Sports F1 presenter. He has just written his autobiography and such books always give some real insight into the winning mindset, which is what I discuss below. To put his achievement in context, in the 66 years of F1 champions, only 32 drivers have ever won it, and Great Britain has produced 10 World Champions. By comparison, Team GB won 67 medals at the Rio Olympics alone including 27 Golds. You simply don't become Formula 1 World Champion without a winning mindset.
Shakespeare's Henry V is of course one of greatest plays ever written but beyond literature, Shakespeare's mastery of character means there is also much to learn from it about leadership. Henry is a king and a soldier, taking his men to war at Agincourt, outnumbered 20 to one by the French and expecting with much of his company to die. On the morning of the battle, Henry takes the temperature of the situation. I found myself quite amazed how Shakespeare's devices and King Henry's words and thoughts have resonance in the wisdom of one of the modern era's greatest soldiers, former US 4 star General Colin Powell. Here I draw out a few things of significance.
Former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is doing an excellent job re-inventing himself in his post Parliament period, and it seems you can't, right now, open a newspaper or turn on the TV without seeing Ed. And I don't think it is overly cynical to believe that Ed's ubiquity is in part a strategy to publicise his memoirs, which are now in print. While I haven't had the chance to read the book yet, a couple of points that have been reported in the media are classics of their kind.
What should I write about for my first blog post, I've been wondering for the past few days? My first thoughts were to go for a really meaty topic such as 'what is a winning mindset' or maybe an article on the role pressure plays in performance, but no. In my first post, I realised I should do two things.
First, I should say hello and welcome. I really hope that you enjoy the website and I hope will find it a great educational tool, regardless of whether you work in a kitchen or not.