Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Leadership, Minimising Risk, My Professional Growth, Top questions to ask

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…

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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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…

Leadership, My Professional Growth, Quotes - Business & Inspirational

John F. Kennedy -100th Year Anniversary in 2017

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Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. Those who will make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction. The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.   John F. Kennedy 1917 – 1963 2017 = 100th year Anniversary of his birthday. Born on May 29th 1917. Check this short video about other quotes from President Kennedy.

Fashion & Retail, My Professional Growth

Fashion – How to help the new start ups?

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Working with large companies is one thing however we must all be ready to give back and work alongside Young Designers and Start Ups. When you launch your own business, you feel you know it all and you feel you are indestructible! Get real. It’s time to wake up. Running a business is about leadership skills, time management, project management, decision making in a timely manner ie without procrastination, problem solving, business and design creativity, learning skills and team management. And a few more we will leave for a subsequent article. And yet, most CEOs and Designers will feel it is not a time to learn! Do you remember what the Founder of eBay, John Donahoe, said? The more successful you are, the more you need to learn and grow. 4 Reasons why success is with you and not with your competitor * You have mastery, the skills and experience…

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), My Professional Growth

Social Media Thought Leadership As A CEO

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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…