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

Transforming Your Business to being Digital-Driven

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In the last quarter of 2018 Bridges Business Consultancy Int and PerformanceWorks partnered to identify what 1,874 leaders, across Asia Pacific, North American and Europe, were thinking about the impact of digital on their business and how they were addressing the challenges it raised, with some fascinating realizations. Almost half of all leaders interviewed are not prepared for digital transformation – The readiness of leaders to adopt digital in their businesses is much lower than anticipated, despite it being so widely discussed. Only 6 out of 10 organizations have a digital vision and Europe is lagging behind Asia Pacific and US. This result surprised us. From our work and travels, we had anticipated that transforming to digital would be high on the leaders’ agenda for this year. Digital is leveling the competitive playing field. Across all three continents, companies are starting from the same place in transforming to a digital…

General Information - Miscellaneous

Happy New Year 2019

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 2019 PS1 We remain available to discuss your 2019 resolutions. PS2 Do you know what Quality Express Mentoring is? Check it out here.

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…

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

Motivation – Inspirational and Business quotes

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The best way to break a habit is to drop it. Newspaper Editor, Leo Aikman Your worst enemy is within! Change your mindset & see you grow as well as your business. Founder Global Fashion Management – Thierry Bayle If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past. Baruch Spinoza I myself have benefited from many mentors throughout my life. Founder of Virgin – Richard Branson If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. Frank A Clark Wake up every day & look forward to learning something new. What have you learned today? Founder of Virgin – Richard Branson An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity. Winston Churchill Your time is limited so don’t live the life of somebody’s else. Steve Jobs Obstacles & Problems can’t stop you.Most of all, other…

CEO Mentoring Press, Sales

Videos – How to develop sales internationally?

Connect Americas has requested that we deliver 2 webinars on how to grow sales globally. You can see those recorded videos from the comfort of your office or home. Looking to watch our videos about the Top 7 factors to grow sales internationally? Click the videos in English or in Spanish.            We welcome your feedback and questions. We are here to help you implement the changes in your organisation. As the world becomes more complex and unpredictable, you may want to keep in touch or you may want to learn more about mentoring and how it can benefit you and bring Business and Personal Growth. REGISTER FOR A FREE MENTORING SESSION.   Who is Connect Americas? ConnectAmericas is the first social network for businesses in the Americas, dedicated to promoting foreign trade and international investment. It seeks to help SMEs strengthen their businesses, by providing…

General Information - Miscellaneous, Human Capital, Leadership

Relax – It’s Friday

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We live in a serious World however, once in a while, we need to relax and laugh. Apart from giving you a little break, we wish the Friday video to open your eyes on a new way to see things. We want the video to bring critical thinking. 1. Check this video and see how a Cafe in the USA  (Roanoke Coffee Shop) decided to make a difference in our world. He decided to tackled in a very unique creative way rude people who would forget to say “hello” or “please” when ordering their favourite coffee. Viral at its best! 2. We hold no shares in the business featured in this video however it shows very well communication challenges inside this organisation. How do you communicate? How do you make sure your Team understands the message and knows how to apply it? Does the message produce the expected results? Our…

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…

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…