Business Leaders of the 90’s vs. Business Leaders Today

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business speakerThe business leaders in today’s climate are battle-tested, have access to immediate information from multiple sources and know how to use it. In comparing the business leaders of today with leaders of the past, one must understand the tremendous impact Henry Chesbrough’s book entitled, Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology has had upon today’s business culture.

The CEO of a small, medium or large enterprise today can engage in a global marketplace that is far more vibrant than was the global marketplace in the 1990’s. To compete in the global marketplace, CEO’s must not only accept Chesbrough’s “open innovation,” but must also build organizations with collaborative capabilities. Continue reading

Peer Learning For Innovative Collaborators

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peer group learningPeer learning groups are an innovative way for companies to keep their culture attuned to the ever-evolving open innovation and collaboration practices that dominate companies of all sizes. Peer learning groups are used by businesses who want sustainable and proactive workers and teams. In today’s marketplace where businesses of all sizes have unique opportunities to play important roles in the global economy, peer learning is the bridge from the local, regional enterprise to a business that can compete on a larger playing field. Continue reading

Popularity Increasing for Outsourced Business Advice/Consultancy

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small business coachThese are difficult times to justify any extra expense but the College of Executive Coaching reports tremendous growth in the business development, training and coaching industry. In fact, 58 percent of UK businesses increased their business development/training budget last year.

Some of the biggest gains were made in the area of small business. In 2011, only 4 percent of UK small businesses retained business coaches and consultants. In 2012, that figure ballooned to an impressive 20 percent. One study states that 79 percent of UK SMEs have used or have considered investing in external business advice. Continue reading

The Evolving Small Business and Small Business Owner

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business employeesOwning and operating a small business is more demanding than consumers realize, especially if the business is running smoothly. The small business owners works countless hours, fine tunes every aspect of the business and hopefully grows the business to profitability.

What successful small business owners are finding in the 2013 marketplace, is that the strong are not only surviving but growing. Growth may be the result of other business failures or it can be the result of increased demand from unfamiliar markets.

Growing Business

Whether your business is growing or managing to hang on until the economy fully recovers, you know the job you assumed in earlier times is not the job you are filling today. Today’s small business owners and managers have new and exciting challenges and opportunities that often require reshaping the business model and the leadership role.
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Peer Learning Has Deep Roots

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business peer groupMany businesses and just about all SMEs face the very real challenge to transform business cultures from what Henry Chesbrough termed closed innovation cultures to open innovation cultures that are conducive to collaboration. There are so many financial and sustainable advantages to this transformation.

Yet, this is not a transformation that is easy. First of all, this transformation requires concessions by management. Secondly, the transformation requires the business to acknowledge that the marketplace has shifted. Despite a preponderance of confirming data, existing SMEs remain stubbornly ingrained in the culture that got them off the ground. Continue reading

Investing in Business Training

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business trainingMany small and medium business owners and managers do not understand the difference between business training and business consultants. There are many, but in a nutshell, the biggest difference is that business consultants are analysts.  Business trainers are analysts with implementation and training capabilities.

The business consultant looks at a business and identifies issues that should be corrected. Those issues could cross any number of business systems.  The business trainer identifies the issues and lays out a step-by-step guide how he or she will bring about the necessary changes.

In this era of innovation and collaboration, each small and medium business stands the opportunity to enter into highly productive collaborations. The problem is that many SMEs stubbornly refuse to prepare themselves for new age business systems that emphasise fluid efficiency, big production capabilities and outstanding communication skills.

Businesses that lack succession plans, updated marketing plans, innovative product development and outstanding customer service simply cannot compete in the new environment. If your SME is doing business the way it did five years ago, you are behind the competition and giving away ground every day.
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