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Why you should have a flexible business strategy

A cash strapped start-up needs to use its limited resources efficiently and that means staying focused on delivering the outcomes you want. You may be so preoccupied with day-to-day issues you lose sight of your ultimate objectives. And any change in circumstances can easily throw the business off course unless you're able to adapt quickly. "It is essential to review and reflect on priorities at least every month and to have a flexible business strategy," says Matthew Cushen. Here, he shares how...
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How to boost your business's odds of an acquisition

As soon as you start building your startup you need to have in mind what kind of exit you're aiming for. While it may seem a long way off, the end goal affects the way you structure and operate the company so it's never too soon to start thinking about your exit strategy. Although a few startups opt for an initial public offering (IPO) or stock market launch, the main exit strategy for most startups is to sell the company to a bigger one for a profit. Not all startups reach the acquisi...
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5 simple things you should do every Sunday night to prepare for the week ahead

A little bit of preparation can go a long way. Taking some time on Sunday to prepare for the week ahead not only makes Monday mornings much easier, it can make your entire week more productive. While most people think of Sunday evening as their last chance to relax before heading back to work in the morning, thinking of it as the first chance to prepare for the week puts you in a productive mindset already. So, instead of dreading an overwhelming Monday morning back at work you'll be ready ...
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Editor’s letter: Simon Sinek on fulfilling potential

Most of us start a new year full of optimism and enthusiasm as we strive to fulfil our potential and become the best possible version of ourselves. To fulfil your potential however, you need to focus on exploring your own interests and talents and this can put you in a difficult position when you have to juggle competing priorities. Although it may seem selfish to prioritise your needs over others, if you selflessly devote your time and energy to other people's needs you'll struggle to meet your...
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The only thing to care about if you want to succeed

Before turning your passion into a business, you need find out as much as you can about the industry. And you need to learn all about how to start, run and grow a business. If what you're passionate about is starting, running and growing a business, that's perfect. Otherwise, you may start to lose track of why you started in the first place, as the passion for doing what you love gets lost amongst everything else you have to do. Here, Leon Ho shares his top tips for turning the si...
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How to get in the zone and be more productive (Infographic)

Many people still consider multitasking a vital skill for boosting your productivity, despite a number of studies showing that it's making you less productive instead. The evidence suggests that constantly switching from one task to another impacts both your ability to focus and the quality of your work. Conversely, when you become fully immersed in what you're doing you're able to accomplish more in less time. To help boost your productivity, here are some top tips for getting into the zon...
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Too busy to change career? Not with these techniques...

Life's too short to be stuck in a job that's making you unhappy. When you're busy juggling the multiple demands of work, personal life, and family commitments however, any thoughts you have about changing career tend to be left on the back burner. Although it can be an arduous process, unless you make career change a top priority it isn't going to happen. To help you make the shift, career change coach Natasha Stanley shares her top tips for re-thinking your priorities, focusing on your goal, an...
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John C. Maxwell: 4 steps to create balance in your life

“Balancing work and family […] requires intentional focus and concentration. Deep down, we all know that. But it’s easy to forget and approach it casually, which can set us up for a fall and damage what’s most important to us,” writes leadership expert, speaker, and best-selling author John C. Maxwell. In this article he reveals how to maintain your work-life balance by redefining success, determining your priorities, recognizing work-life tides and creating your legacy. Follow these four steps ...
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