Recommended Reads – The E-Myth Revisited

Recommended Reads – The E-Myth Revisited

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber was recommended by David Mellor, the business mentor, honorary senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School and author of a number of books on the theme of moving from being an employee to being a business more »

Book Review – The Positive Organization by Robert E Quinn

In our recent interviews with Professor Kim Cameron and Michelle McQuaid both mentioned Robert E. Quinn’s The Positive Organization as a book worth reading for insight and ideas. It is not difficult to see why, as Quinn’s short book (less than 160 pages from cover to cover) is packed with ideas, examples, case studies and more »

Stakeholder management – What are family businesses doing well?

Stakeholder management – What are family businesses doing well?

Regardless of its size and nature, the growth and success of an organisation ultimately depends on the engagement and contribution of the people who, in whatever capacity, play a role in its development. In particular, it relies on the collaboration and successful interactions of the different networks of stakeholders who have an influence on its more »

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Ann Francke, Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Management Institute, recommends a book that helps to remind ourselves of the guidelines and habits for establishing personal and professional effectiveness. Francke says the book was particularly impactful as she was introduced to it during a dedicated training programme that focused on providing opportunities for putting the more »

The Family Business Model: What Can We Learn from It?

The Family Business Model: What Can We Learn from It?

Over 80% of private sectors companies in the UK are family businesses, with the majority of them being small – micro in some cases – and medium enterprises. Even though they represent an important source of revenue for the country’s economy and they are the backbone of its productive system, we sometimes underestimate their importance more »

Business approaches for tackling poverty

Business approaches for tackling poverty

Scaling up Business Solutions to Social Problems: A Practical Guide for Social and Corporate Entrepreneurs – Olivier Kayser & Maria Valeria Budinich The authors suggest that some of the most sustainable and scalable solutions to poverty and deprivation are those based on business – rather than charitable – approaches. This chimes with Melinda Gates’ TED more »

What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola

No matter where are you going in the world, there is Coca-Cola – shares her experience Melinda French Gates. Food, clean water and necessary health care may not be available but you can get a Coke, anywhere. Melinda Gates believes if Coke can be produced, marketed, delivered and sold in developing countries, then nonprofits could more »

Business strategies for start-up growth – Interview with Boomy Tokan

Boomy Tokan, business adviser, business growth specialist and teacher, talks to Eszter Molnar Mills about his key tips for business start-ups, and his passion to help people to achieve their dream of starting and owning a successful business. Boomy suggests three key elements for new businesses to consider: 1. Mindset. There is a mindset for more »