Fashion & Retail, Leadership

Tom Ford’s top tips to build a Fashion Label

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We want to share a very business insightful article from VOGUE AUSTRALIA and journalist Julia Frank on Tom Ford’s top advice on building a Fashion Brand. With our Mentors and Subject Matter Experts, we understand, live and breath Fashion and Retail every day. You have below and in the article from Vogue a great  summary that will make your investment in time and money very profitable indeed. If you need more help, guidance and support or just operations expertise, send us an email or connect on social media such as Twitter. 1. “Trust your instincts when it comes to design.” 2. “Never sell a controlling interest in your name. Ever. Ever.” 3. “Decide for you if fashion is an art or an artistic business. This will affect how you set up your company.” 4. “If your president or chief executive officer thinks they know the difference between dark burgundy and…

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The Six Fundamentals of Business

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When one explores the concept of business, one will find wide interpretations of what constitutes the fundamentals of business that apply universally. One can find hundreds (if not thousands) of interpretations of such principles – every commentator attempts to put a unique spin on this to justify their value and contribution. The reason they are incorrect or inappropriate is that one can find legitimate contexts where the proposed principle doesn’t apply, therefore that principle isn’t universal. There are six fundamentals that apply in all business situations, are they are: 1. The business exists to further the objectives of its owners. When one examines the mission statement of many of the world’s leading corporations, one will inevitably find references to the satisfaction of stakeholder objectives. These references not only acknowledge the owners of the corporation, but often, also identify other stakeholders such as employees, the community, the government, suppliers, and of…

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The Loneliness in Leadership

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  When we speak of “leadership” most people unsurprisingly think of CEOship. The reality is that although CEOs are certainly leaders, there are other leaders in the organisation apart from the CEO. Every person who has the responsibility for other people, is a leader of those people, regardless of where in the organisation they find themselves. The CEO is the leader of the entire organisation, but the field supervisors, for example, are responsible for, and the leaders of, the people and functions under their control. A leader is frequently very lonely in the role – not because they don’t have people to talk to, but because they can’t say certain things to certain people. This is not about “friendship” but about effectiveness. Everybody wants to be friends with the leader – it feels nice, it empowers the friend, and it strokes the ego – and that’s all OK and fairly…

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How to tell if you need a Mentor?

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People often assume that leaders automatically come up with the right answers because of the position they hold. The thought is that “they wouldn’t be leaders if they didn’t come up with the right solutions most of the time.” One would like to think so, but the reality is different. The leader of a business or organisation on Monday morning, may have ‘only’ been an executive last Friday. On Friday, they were good, perhaps very good, but not perfect. How did they become perfect over the two days between subordinate and boss roles? Leadership is as much about learning, evolution and personal growth as it is about the innate skills of leadership. The reality is, they didn’t. One of the ways that the gaps in skill, experience or world-view can be filled is by using a suitable mentor to assist the leader contemplate and make key decisions. A mentor should…

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Follow us on Twitter @CEOMentoring101

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Looking to discover business insight on mentoring and management as well as inspirational quotes then follow us on TWITTER – @CEOMentoring101 – Let us share a few business and inspirational quotes Training and managing your own mind is the most important skill you could ever own, in terms of both happiness and success. T. Harv Eker Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. Richard Branson – Virgin Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.  Richard Branson – Virgin Your worst enemy is within! Change your mindset & see you grow as well as your business.  Thierry Bayle – Global Fashion Management The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.  Walt Disney – Disney As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big. Donald Trump Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill…

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Get access to our Coaching & Mentoring E-Book

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Register and receive your free copy of our E-Book on Coaching and Mentoring. Over 80 pages to discover the different coaching and mentoring options. ACCESS IT HERE. CONTENT 1 Introduction 2 A model for thinking – Enhancing the senior executive 3 Life Coaching – Its nature and usage 4 Skills Coaching – Its nature and usage 5 Business Coaching – Its nature and usage 6 Executive Coaching – Its nature and usage 7 Oracle Mentoring – Its nature and usage 8 Mentoring in Confidence – Its nature and usage 9 Subject areas of expertise 10 Glossary

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How to build your strategy & action plan over lunch?

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To celebrate the NEW YEAR and a special date for CEO Mentoring, we wanted to introduce a new way to get together. If you want to get an expert and very experienced external Master Strategist’s one-on-one take on your issues resulting in a clear way forward, then arrange for us to meet over a lunch or dinner to discuss your biggest problems, challenges or opportunities. Come by yourself or with a small team of your executives, board members or investors. Expect to spend at least three hours with the expert. If you wish, forward a context document before the session to save time. The bigger the challenge you have and the nicer the meal, then the longer the session – anything from an hour to a few hours. Have been known to start with lunch – have extensive solution-related discussions for hours and end up with dinner – resulting in…

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It’s Wells Fargo Again: A Pattern of filing false documents

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This is how Warren Buffett spelt out that trouble is not over at Wells Fargo, and that the cleanup operation has still far to go. This is related to the finding of another 1.4 million unwanted accounts opened under the name of unaware clients, as reported in yesterday’s New York Times (see note 1 for link). In my articles published on June 15th 2017 and October 26th 2016 (see links in note 2) I expressed that the Board had not understood the situation it is in if it went ahead to appoint Timothy J. Sloan, a 30-year Wells Fargo veteran and member of the senior management team when the original scandal erupted, as new CEO after the ousting of Jon Stumpf. I predicted that bad news would keep on coming and supported this statement on the obvious fact that a sick corporate culture cannot be cured from within. Facts are…