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[ 11 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

Creativity and innovation are becoming the distinguishing factors for success in a world that is characterized by change, uncertainty and complexity. Using mindfulness in your business can help foster innovation and creativity and set you apart from your competitors.
Palma Michel, author of The Authority Guide to Mindful Leadership, suggests five practical ways to use mindfulness to create a culture for creativity to flourish:

Ask Questions. Asking questions is an easy way to bring curiosity to any situation. Don´t assume you know the answer or something is a given, but continuously ask …

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[ 9 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

It’s a term we’ve all heard, these days website have to have “Responsive Design” but what is it exactly? Read on to find out all about it from Peter Freeman of Templedene.
A responsive website, simply put, responds to the size of the screen or window they are displayed in, in particular for smartphones or tablets.
In more technical terms, the website actually has a number of sets of instructions, or responses, which the browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer etc.) can choose to use depending on what size the viewable window is. …

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[ 3 Aug 2017 | No Comment ]

Ransomware has become the bogeyman of the IT world, sending managers, freelancers and, well, just about everyone really, into a sweat. It seems like it’s a new threat, but it’s thought that the first versions – scareware – started hassling people way back in 2005.
What is ransomware?
Scareware used to frighten people into believing that all their information would be broadcast to the world at large if they didn’t pay up before the deadline; but in reality, this threat had no basis at all. The malware couldn’t get into any files …

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[ 26 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

It seems that whatever the country, whatever the economic context, one question is becoming ever more pertinent: what is the future of work in an era of exponential technology development? “Artificial intelligence is arguably the big game changer and becoming more commonplace. We already see narrow AI in use in internet searches, customer targeting applications, and in predictive analytics. But AI has much greater capability that will merge into every aspect of our lives in the future. Increasingly devices will learn more about us, provide an ever-increasing range of support …

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[ 18 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Change is an inevitable part of our lives. Every aspect of your life will undergo some significant modifications—your work, home, family, or social lives will be affected by change in some way eventually. While it can sometimes be exciting and rejuvenating, in most cases it is stressful, chaotic, and tiring. That’s why it is so important to be able to deal effectively with change; this way you can maintain your quality of life without much disruption. Here are five tips for handling changes effectively.
Identify What You Can And Can’t Control
First …

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[ 14 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

How much is your brand worth? Donald Trump values his personal brand at more than $3billion. While being knee-deep in international intrigue and political controversy aren’t problems most business leaders have to deal with, the fragility of brand equity is something that all entrepreneurs need to be aware of.
Shweta Jhajharia of The London Coaching Group defines a business’s brand equity as comprising all the associations, emotions, and experiences that come to mind when a consumer is exposed to the brand: basically, what kind of bond is there between you and …

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[ 4 Jul 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Gill Hayward and Kellie Forbes, YUU co-founders and successful pitchers in the Dragon’s Den.

 Over a four-week period last Christmas, we sold a YUUbag every 12 minutes.  It took planning and preparation, but the pay-off was well worth it. If you’d like to do the same with your online business, here is how we did it:


High quality product and lifestyle photography is essential for any online business as it’s often the shoppers first interaction with your brand and it’s essential to make that count.
We provide a full gallery …

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[ 28 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

There are plenty of legendary bad business decisions: Blockbuster passing up the chance to buy Netflix; Kodak sitting on the digital camera; New Coke. But there are also legendary smart moves: I’ll have the merchandising rights in exchange for a smaller pay packet, said a certain George Lucas. What separates good companies from great companies, and good managers from great managers is decision-making. Shweta Jhajharia from The London Coaching Group believes there are four key decisions that you need to be able to nail if you want to see your …

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[ 21 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

Guest post by Steve Bustin
As Oscar Wilde so sagely pointed out, the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about. If you’re self-employed, running your own micro-business or if you’re working for someone else, you need people to know who you are and what you can do for them. It can help you find customers and make sales, get a new job or establish you as an industry ‘player’ or someone of influence.
While PR (public relations) looks at the management of reputation and perception by the …

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[ 19 Jun 2017 | No Comment ]

We often dismiss ‘culture’ as a load of self-serving consultant speak.  Companies roll out initiatives designed to improve the working culture, there is a big hurrah, then things would settle back to the way they have always been.  But, since culture is all about creating a positive and productive environment, we should really pay it more attention – and ensure we make sustainable changes. Jean Gamester from Semaphora has long been fascinated by work culture, about how to create and sustain environments that people feel great about being part of, …