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…

General Information - Miscellaneous, Leadership, Minimising Risk

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…

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Human Capital, Leadership

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.

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Human Capital, Leadership

3 Places You Wouldn’t Think You’d Find a Mentor

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This article brings to the fore the huge complexities of managing a modern career. The massive amount of information, the speed imposed by technology, the need to get things done through others over whom we have little power, the push for innovation, the imperative to collaborate and set up partnerships,…exceed the bandwidth of any human mind…our traditional heuristics have become obsolete. We need help and Jud Linville (CEO of Citi Cards) is concluding that mentors can be the answer. But how do you find the right mentor? READ THE FULL ARTICLE in Fortune Insiders. CEO Mentoring does not only find the right suitable mentor but will also have available Subject Matter Experts (SME) to ensure the Mentor and the Client have the right expertise on board at any one time.   CLICK – Access your free mentoring session!

Contribution from Subject Matter Experts (SME), Leadership

Corporate Governance: The need for critical thinking on Boards

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I highly recommend reading a story titled ‘It is time to reform the make-up of corporate boards’ run by the Financial Times on January 3rd 2018. Over and above the structural changes that need to be made, it states the need for Board members to change their stance from one of justification of the status quo to one of hard-questioning how business is done. This is the criticial thinking that CEO Mentoring has been claiming of BoD for a long time.

Quotes - Business & Inspirational

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…