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Ensuring your ecological business is fully prepared, with 9 key points to consider

1. Coordinate your responseConsider setting up a dedicated team to take responsibility for assessing and managing the potential impact of Covid-19 (and the steps put in place by relevant Governments and authorities to deal with it). Ensure that the team, where relevant:Has representatives from support functions including HR, IT, purchasing, procurement, security and legal and …

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COVID-19 Job retention scheme

Following the announcement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the Government has now released much anticipated information about how the scheme will work. Click here for a link to the guidance. Some of the key points from the guidance are as follows: About the scheme Open to all UK employers that had created and started a PAYE payroll scheme …

Will the COVID-19 pandemic give us a new perspective on what a climate crisis is?

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dramatically different to the repeated scientific warnings about the climate crisis from organisations, companies and groups, such as Extinction Rebellion. Those that declared climate emergencies throughout 2019 and 2020 have so far enacted nothing like the scale and speed of action to limit the spread of coronavirus. …

Core Values

Patrick Lencioni’s 2002 article entitled “Make your values mean something”, it begins with a statement of the following corporate values: communication, respect, integrity, and excellence. These are the meaningless values stated in Enron’s 2000 annual report. Most value statements, according to Lencioni, create cynical employees, alienate customers and undermine management’s credibility. To develop a meaningful …

Five ways to introduce a social or environmental mission into your business

Looking to introduce a social or environmental mission into your existing business? Here are five ways that may kick-start your purpose-led business. 1. ESTABLISH YOUR VALUES Start with Why! “Values are the foundation of any company’s culture,” says Patagonia’s Rick Ridgeway. “What are your beliefs? What are the attitudes that you bring to your business? How …

Building a better future – people, planet and profit

The way we do business needs to change and we need leaders who are equipped with the right knowledge and tools to make a positive change. By being purpose-driven and behaving ‘ethically’ you will be able to help your business build customer loyalty, avoid legal problems and attract and retain talented employees. Having a greater …

Circular Economy and Ecologists

The Circular Economy is a growing trend for ecologists and environmental businesses. But how much thought have you given it within your business? Have you ever thought about leasing a car? What about a pair of jeans? There is a shift away from ownership of products to addressing the realisation of what you need an …

Why reading makes you a better (business) person

For business owners and managers, a continual pursuit of education and professional development is the key to sustainable growth. And one of the best ways to improve your skills and knowledge is to learn from the experiences of other successful individuals who have been in your shoes before. So, why does reading make you a …

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Work smarter. Not harder. Improving business efficiency using “Parkinson’s Law”

Cyril Northcote Parkinson was a British naval historian who wrote a satirical article in The Economist (1955), sharing his experience within the British Civil Service, and criticising the inefficient nature of bureaucracies. The first sentence he wrote in the article became the tagline for his famous law. “Work expands so as to fill the time available …

Confidence

Confidence in business?

When someone asks you to “put your confidence in them”, what response do you give? Is there a link between competence and confidence? Does it matter? We often see ‘confidence’ as a positive trait to have. A quick search on the internet and you will see there is a lot to be said on the …