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Climbing Wall
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24th Feb 2015

My experience working with a wide range of young businesses, from complex financial software through to artisan food producers says, it is easy to get distracted by products and forget that the underlying success drivers are the same regardless of what you make or do.

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24th Feb 2015

When it comes to leadership, it’s all about how you show up as a leader. Yes, the direction you are taking the company toward is important but…How you lead and direct your team is also critical for success. The attitude you display, the words you speak, your body language, how you behave under pressure all influence how others see you and your success in effectively leading your team.

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24th Feb 2015

Visual Management is a business methodology that has worked wonders for management teams within large corporate organisations. Can it work wonders for managers in small and medium businesses too? Yes, absolutely!

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21st Jan 2015

Many businesses underperform because of a negative company culture, rather than aggressive market forces or macro conditions. It’s often the lack of recognition of underlying bad habits and leadership behaviours that cause stagnation in the business. But business owners can take solace in the fact that there is a way to address the negative habits that are holding your company back.

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21st Jan 2015

It’s that time of year when we look forward to the year ahead and make promises to ourselves about how we can do better – both on the business and personal front. You may set out your personal goals to go on that exotic holiday you have day-dreamed of, or buy a new car, or maybe even build your dream home!

When is the last time you read a book that could help you to be a better manager? Five books to get you started.
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18th Dec 2014

This is one of the questions that our programme providers often ask business owners. It is not intended to catch people out. It is simply intended to challenge those who manage businesses to think about how much or how little time they invest in themselves as managers. If you would like to freshen up your thinking in 2015, why not make it a New Year's Resolution to seek out some good books on business, management or leadership?

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15th Dec 2014

The final quarter of each year is very much "awards season". But have you ever wondered how other businesses in your industry become ‘Award Winning’ companies and what you should do to become one? The answer is simple – focus & results. Results breed Results!

The rewards for becoming an ‘Award Winning’ Business are big;

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15th Dec 2014
We’re all familiar with the phrase ‘one bad apple spoils the barrel.’ The old idiom is often applied to political organisations and large corporations, but it may be applied to SMEs too. Essentially the phrase refers to negative habitual behaviour that can permeate throughout a group. Establishing a set of positive core values is vital for developing the right kind of company culture; the kind that both employees and customers can respect. And ultimately the kind that will decide your company’s destiny.
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20th Nov 2014

You may wonder what the mentor's role is when investing in a management programme for your company, such as the Management Team Development programme offered by ManagementWorks. Business owners and managers need tangible results that will boost performance across all areas of their business, from daily operations to profit margins and market share. LEAP's Mike Gaffney explains the role of the mentor on this programme and how it affects overall business performance.

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5th Nov 2014

Green Business, Ibec, BIM and Bórd Bia will be hosting a series of FREE Resource Efficiency Seminars in November 2014 to assist businesses of all sizes to review how they can become more resource efficient and safe money.

  • Cork | 13 November 2014
  • Dublin | 18 November 2014
  • Portlaoise | 19 November 2014

The focus of these seminars will be on improving “Resource Efficiency in the Food Industry.”

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