Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), General Information - Miscellaneous, Leadership

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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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…

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), General Information - Miscellaneous, Leadership

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…

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Happy New Year 2018

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The world has become more complex and unpredictable. The only constant is change and the rate of change is accelerating exponentially so does it make sense to follow this African proverb: If you want to go fast, go alone (may be?) If you want to go far, go together. To your Family and yourself, Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year 2018 PS1 We remain available to discuss your 2018 resolutions. PS2 Do you know what Quality Express Mentoring is? Check it out here.

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Testimonials from our mentoring sessions with members of Uruguay XXI

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We were invited by URUGUAY XXI in October 2017 to deliver a workshop on how to successfully build the Export Business. Alongside the workshop, we were also delivering 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with a selected of companies from small medium size to large companies. As the world is becoming more complex and unpredictable, it is therefore more challenging for any CEO or top Executive to identify what is the right decision to be made for the business. In one hour or as we call it Quality Express Mentoring, you can expect significant value added brought to your business and it will positively impact personal and business growth. Discover a few testimonials from Uruguayan Companies we worked with: 1. Andres Barreiro de ITSystemsInnova “Fue sumamente enriquecedor pese a tener solo una hora”. 2. German Clark de Shaman “Paul fue muy directo, racional y objetivo sobre los aspectos a mejorar y acciones a…

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Fashion & Retail, General Information - Miscellaneous, My Professional Growth

Top 10 Tips for reducing discounts – Beat #BlackFriday!

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Black Friday started in the USA and now it has become normal among most UK retailers. When you have more items on sale rails than on the rest of the floor, there are a number of things you can do, however, rolling your eyes and blaming the increasingly unpredictable British weather shouldn’t be one of them. The only rolling going on should be you rolling up your sleeves and taking serious action. If you want to make more money from your stock, it’s time to start working in a different way. Please note that the comments below refer to a multilabel store however the logic applies to all mono brand stores. 1 KNOW YOUR NUMBERS In order to avoid discounting, you need to understand what you are selling each month: what are your best sellers and where are the problems in your shop? I spoke to a retailer recently who…

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Thank you – Merci – Gracias – Danke

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Thank you for your interest. We are excited to have you on board. You will hear from us by return and if you fail to receive our email, let us know. We operate our Mentoring in Confidence service globally and in 4 languages. Feel free to write in English, French, German or Spanish. Due to our boutique approach, we welcome your questions and we are looking forward to better understanding your opportunities and challenges. Together, we will work on all your personal and business growth questions.   CEO Mentoring Team NB You can unsubscribe at any time by email. If you have any question, send us an email at info @ ceo-mic . com

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URUGUAY XXI – Export Workshop & Mentoring sessions

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On October 24th and 25th 2017, Uruguay XXI, Government Agency for foreign investment in Uruguay and Exports, is organising an Export Workshop and individual mentoring sessions for all companies looking to grow globally. Paul Griffiths & Thierry Bayle, Founding Partners at CEO Mentoring will be delivering a the workshop on the “7 key factors to grow sales internationally” as well as the 1-2-1 mentoring sessions. You will also learn more about the ISB process ( International Sales Booster ) which helps you increase sales and profitability when exporting and growing sales domestically. Please note that the 2 days are delivered in Spanish. We welcome your questions that you can email at marketing AT ceo-mic DOT com. We will discuss all types of businesses and focus on companies selling products or services including IT, consumer goods and groceries, Fashion, Retail … Resources URUGUAY XXI – Workshop on October 25th 2017. Tel…