• Thursday, June 21 2018

    A health-first approach to productivity

    Productivity is a dangerous word. As someone who has taught business leaders how to squeeze more value out of every day, I have seen first-hand how this approach can lead to both dramatically increased results and a penchant for neglecting the very source of those results – your own health. A few years ago I fell in love with running long distances. I prioritised daily workouts, green smoothies and making time...
    • Wednesday, June 20 2018

    10 habits of successful entrepreneurs

    I consider myself highly fortunate to be a successful inventor of 20 years’ standing. In an article for Black Enterprise , Bevolyn Williams-Harold, Editorial Researcher, mentions that only one in 5,000 inventions make money, and despite living most of my life as a rather shy person who felt safer out of the lime light than in it, I had no choice but to come out of the shadows in order to bring my own products...
    • Monday, June 11 2018

    10 tips for networking success

    Networking can feel daunting for many. The idea of walking up to strangers at an event to spark up a conversation may fill the average person with panic, anxiety and could give them clammy hands. Here are some tips to help you along your way: Breathe Take a deep breath and relax. Remember if you’re at a networking event everyone present is there for the same reason as you: to network and make connections. Try...
    • Friday, June 8 2018

    Five benefits of being a ‘social’ CEO

    We’re living in a time where technology is changing at a blistering rate. Keeping on top of it all can become overwhelming and many reports identify that leadership teams struggle to adapt quickly. At the same time, trust in CEOs is at an all-time low according to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer report. The challenge around keeping pace with digital technology is unlikely to reduce. For leaders, the solution...
    • Friday, May 25 2018

    Why is innovation important? How to create ideas and make them happen

    I was excited to open a large parcel. Inside, there were five large green boxes. My starter kit for my MBA programme had arrived. Little did I know that 23 years later, I would be running my own business in Singapore having worked in a range of jobs, industries and sectors across the corporate, political, NGO and start-up world. While much of the content from my MBA programme faded with time, the thinking skills,...
    • Friday, May 25 2018

    MBA Stories: Richard Kamp

    Richard Kamp was born in South Africa and after his undergraduate degree, took a gap year to explore South East Asia. He then got a job as a management consultant before applying for an MBA at HEC Paris. He really values his MBA experience and talks in detail about what he has done since starting the programme. Life has taken me on a few twists and turns and I have never shied away from doing something off the beaten...
    • Wednesday, May 23 2018

    Five Simple Steps to Crowdfunding Success

    Finding a business loan in the current economic climate can pose a real challenge to those potential entrepreneurs who have a poor credit history or little business experience, but crowdfunding offers a great alternative to traditional bank loans. It is estimated that crowdfunding has so far boosted the global economy by $65 billion and created 270,000 new jobs. Credit report experts, Credit Angel analysed crowdfunding...
    • Friday, May 18 2018

    Where There’s A Mess There’s A Market

    About 50% of the time I use Skype there’s an issue. It’s either a headphone situation, a bandwidth issue, a video issue or some other gremlin. Luckily, I’m not alone, it seems that many Skype users also tolerate these challenges. But why? Why do we tolerate a pretty lame experience repeatedly? There are other Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) options available, Skype doesn’t have a monopoly....
    • Wednesday, May 16 2018

    The Customer Profile: What data should you be collecting?

    Customer data is one of your most valuable assets, and it’s richer and more readily available today than ever before, thanks to big data and business intelligence (BI) technologies. These technologies have enabled companies to break down data silos and move from a two-dimensional to a three-dimensional customer view, gaining valuable insights into customer motivations, preferences, and habits and allowing them to...
    • Friday, May 11 2018

    Technology's impact on global organisations

    In the past, small companies had a local reach while larger companies sold to consumers globally. Only a large entity could source the best raw materials from around the world and only a large entity could have the reach to sell products to consumers internationally. Companies such as Ford Motor Company would create their own global supply chain, making steel, rubber and glass to be used in their cars. But technology...
    • Wednesday, May 9 2018

    LinkedIn... Is it Social Media or Professional Network Media?

    As I approach the end of my MSc International Management at Royal Holloway, University of London School of Management, I have begun to spend more time on LinkedIn as I network and research prospective companies and contacts to find potential employment opportunities. Sites like LinkedIn allow you to reach out to like-minded people, university alumni, corporate role models and colleagues. Posting regularly will boost...
    • Tuesday, May 8 2018

    Surviving in the Male-Dominated Business World

    Most of the business world is dominated by men. But more recently, there has been a rise in the number of businesses owned by women. This has led to questions such as: ‘How do we deal with male businesses partners and competitors in the industry?’ My first answer is to hard work. Hard work pays off and women can be successful based on the effort, time, love and care they put into their business In our...
    • Monday, May 7 2018

    Why positive states are the high performance states

    Positive emotions augment the success of individuals, leaders and companies. This piece overviews the reasons why positivity delivers, and the scale of improvement that’s available. I came up with the acronym CREAM for the five main improvements positive states deliver: C reativity & solution finding Like all higher functions, these skills sit in the cerebral cortex which functions best when we are relaxed...
    • Friday, May 4 2018

    Start-up lessons - How to develop the culture you want for your start-up

    Company culture is not always a priority for a start-up. However, culture can set identical businesses apart. We have been speaking to experts to discover how to develop a culture of success in a start-up: Make sure you dream big and never settle for second best! Author Chris Dyer says: ‘Starting a new company is exhilarating and difficult for entrepreneurs. Your role may change by the minute and demands take...
    • Wednesday, May 2 2018

    Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and Business Schools

    Blockchain has the potential to change the way we do business in the future. It might restore the trust in our financial system and create a new ‘democracy’. One way in which Blockchain might do this is through cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. There has been a lot of positive news about Blockcahin, and as I said, Blockchain has the potential to disrupt the business landscape. For example, Blockchain allows...
    • Monday, April 30 2018

    Mindfulness while you are at work

    I have been talking about mindfulness in my last few blogs. Now I want to explain in what specific ways mindfulness can be used in an organisation… It’s the Monday morning review meeting. Whether it’s you leading or someone else you’re going to spend the next 30-90 minutes going over past events and planning future activities. You’re hardly mentally in the present at all, except when you’re...
    • Friday, April 27 2018

    MBA Stories: Bharat S Raj

    Bharat S Raj studied at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai specialising in analytics. He then went to work for Sutherland Global Services, a process transformation company. Bharat talks about his experiences at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai and offers his advice to people looking to do an MBA. An MBA in India is regarded as a distinguished qualification and comes with a higher social status...
    • Friday, April 27 2018

    The urgent need to democratise learning

    The never-ending debate around undergraduate tuition fees and vocational and technical training courses is never far away from the headlines. The Prime Minister, Theresa May is calling for ‘better value’ from the former and ‘higher standards’ for the latter. While this issue centres on the quality and cost of education for young people entering the world of work, no such focus is given to the quality...
    • Thursday, April 26 2018

    Leadership in a VUCA world

    The acronym ‘VUCA’ has been used to describe this change, but VUCA is also becoming the ‘new normal’ worldwide. This has meant that the world is becoming more difficult to understand. Markets are becoming more fragmented, organisations becoming more globalised, and there is a risk of job losses due to artificial intelligence. So how can business leaders, MBAs and Business Schools keep up with...
    • Thursday, April 26 2018

    The behaviours required to be an authentic leader

    Authenticity is seen as the holy grail of leadership development. But, there is little understanding of the attitudes and behaviours that underpin an authentic leader. The basis for developing authentic leadership is to be clear on who you are and your inner guiding principles and values. That means being aware of what has shaped and influenced you to be the person you are; knowing your habitual ways of perceiving and...
    • Tuesday, April 24 2018

    Two minute mindfulness lesson – the what and the why

    Two minute mindfulness lesson – the what & the why As people interested in business, there is an overwhelming business case for increasing wellbeing, and for maximising positive emotion in the workplace. This ranges from productivity to sales effectiveness, leadership to customer service, employee engagement to cultural agility. The burden of evidence is unequivocal. Getting the emotional climate right in...
    • Monday, April 23 2018

    Mindfully letting it go delivers mastery

    In my last blog, I talked about how mindfulness and why it can be key in the workplace. I want to carry on this discussion… Buddha reputedly said ‘you can only lose what you cling to’. Often expressed as: to possess a thing, you must first let it go. It sounds like a very Buddhist idea, and also comes up in the New Testament and the Stoics. We should probably pay attention. Recently I mentored 25...
    • Friday, April 20 2018

    How to boost productivity at work with mindfulness

    Connectivity is a productivity blessing and a curse. At its best it enables us to successfully stay on top of our work and seamlessly manage shifting family and work priorities. At its worst it piles on the pressure, creates information overload and prevents us from ever switching off completely. The constant stream of emails, phone calls and messages can make us less productive rather than more. Our brains evolved...
    • Wednesday, April 18 2018

    How to Become an Inspired Leader

    Can you think of a time recently when you felt inspired? Perhaps you were impressed by another person’s admirable courage, humility, or generosity of spirit. Or maybe you experienced a deep sense of pride after having achieved something challenging or significant. Moments of inspiration can have a wonderful, invigorating impact on us as human beings. They energise us with a sense of possibility and a renewed belief...
    • Tuesday, April 17 2018

    How happiness can help in business

    In my last blog, I talked about PERMA and how positive psychology based interventions aimed at increasing wellbeing are proven to increase happiness, reduce depression, and lift performance. How does that help us in business? Happiness has undergone more research in the last 20 years than the whole of human history. Here are some of the things we now know about its impact. Happiness: Enhances creativity Builds...