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27th Aug 2014
There are many types of metrics companies use to measure success, but how do you know what the most effective Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is for your particular business? Keeping a Core Score can dramatically improve your business performance and drive behavioural change.
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23rd Jul 2014

We have all heard the phrase "Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail". That is why planning, and having a live business planning document is the key to sustained growth in any business. But what stops us from executing our business plan and achieving our goals?

After working with dozens of businesses, there seems to be a few very consistent trends...

1) Business owners like ‘doing’ the work themselves!

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11th Jul 2014

There is still a lot of subjectivity in the decision to lend or invest in business.

How can I prove this? Simple! Give your business plan to different lenders – you’ll get different responses. Now give it to investors – you’ll get another set of responses.

There will be some consistent messages– but you won’t get exactly the same response. That’s the subjectivity at work and it is one of the reasons that you need to be talking to more than one investor or lender.

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11th Jul 2014

The word Lean was used by James Womack to describe what was found in a study of automotive companies in 1989. Despite the fact that Womack has since gone on to outline Lean practices in non-manufacturing sectors, the initial link with production remains till this day.

Ask 10 people what they mean by the term Lean and you will most likely get 10 different answers. Some view Lean as a relentless cutting of costs and understandably this view attracts few willing participants.

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9th Jul 2014

At Business Coaching Ireland, we often ask business owners if they would hire an employee for €30,000 a year and then never check to see if they accomplished anything or even showed up to work. They usually look at us as if we have three heads, and say "Of course not!" We then ask; “Why do you do that with your marketing budget?” That's when we get we the 'aha' moment!

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7th Jul 2014
How many times have you suggested a course of action and been told “we tried that before and it didn’t work!” Have you said it yourself? It is a fairly familiar refrain in many businesses and indeed in organisations of all types. At one level this is reasonable response to avoid repeating past errors. But it can also be the bastion of muddled thinkers!
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7th Jul 2014
Building a high performing team is no easy task, but having a good understanding of the basic elements of performance management is a good start. Whether it’s defining roles or determining how teams make decisions, creating a sense of interdependency is crucial for effective team performance.
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6th Jul 2014

If you want a quick explanation of the changeover from the City and County Enterprise Boards to the new Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and you would like to know what services you can access from the LEOs, take a look at this short video.

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20th Jun 2014
Success in Lean transformation is contingent on engagement at all levels within organisations. Real change requires winning the hearts and minds of the workforce and getting this right at the outset demands serious consideration. Often, preconceptions and incorrect perception of Lean can hamper early steps; indeed the “Lean” label itself is often the first hurdle to overcome.
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20th Jun 2014
A key aspect of great business leadership is recognising and negotiating new business opportunities, and that requires high levels of self-awareness. We asked LEAP's managing director Mike Gaffney to recommend some reading material with a focus on personal development. His recommendation is one that the entrepreneur can use to increase both self-awareness and business profits.

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