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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Social Media Thought Leadership

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Did you know that content shared by the owner of a business receives 8x MORE engagement than content shared by a business social media account? There has been a significant shift in the way a business communicates with their customers online. It’s time for you to change your mindset, and think about social media as part of your “customer experience” journey. What does the phrase “social media” mean to you? Does it mean a way to connect with friends and family, or is it just another phrased used to define the route to market a business online? Let’s take the first word; social. The meaning of this word is often forgotten when people talk about social media and the idea of delivering a social experience. Just like Scott Cook said; “A brand is no longer what we tell the customer it is. It is what customers tell each other it…

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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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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…

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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…

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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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How to build your strategy & action plan over lunch?

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To celebrate a special Anniversary 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 a crystal-clear plan…

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Pitching to the Chairman

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If you’re trying to pitch an idea to the Chairman of the Board, here are a few tips that might help you: Pitch the concept efficiently and briefly: what does the Chairman need to know and understand to support the request? Pitch your message strategically: what are the medium to longer-term impacts and benefits for the organisation? Be professional, objective – and leave your ego at home Demonstrate the value to the business – specifically, how will it contribute to the organisation’s KPOs Briefly explain the operational requirements and impacts and its “do-ability” Understand stakeholder impacts (and what will be done about any negatives) Understand and explain any regulatory and compliance impacts (and what will be done about any negatives)     FREE E-BOOK ON HOW TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TOP MANAGEMENT  & BETTER UNDERSTAND COACHING / MENTORING – Click on the image.