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  • Ultimate Leaders…

    Yesterday i attended the first Entrepreneurial Services Seminar hosted by Chris Barry and his team at TheBusinessDesk.com. The busy morning seminar was put on at the City Inn in Manchester.
    It was a brilliant event for owners of businesses to attend as TheBusinessDesk.com had secured Simon Showman, CEO of Ultimate Products as their main speaker. Simon gave [...]

  • Phoenix Flying High…

    Ian Hudson with Phoenix Players

    On Sunday 4th April we were lucky enough to sponsor the EPL match between the Manchester Phoenix and Peterborough Phantoms.
    This was actually the second leg of a 2 game play off which was finely poised 3 v 3 from the evening before and what a leg it was!
    We took 30 clients, advisers and friends [...]

  • First Class Start for Salford University’s New Team

    Salford University’s new senior management team has called on Northwest business psychology consultancy Psycuity to help embed the new team, improve interaction and identify future challenges.
    Psycuity were tasked by Tony Ayin, the newly appointed Business Development Director of the Faculty of Health & Social Care, to audit the members of his new team, work with [...]

  • The Undercover Boss

    It was interesting to read in The Times today about the come back on the 90’s classic TV programme “Back to the Floor”, is being re-aired in the States as “Undercover Boss”.
    Sathnam Sanghera’s article reveals that it actually poorly aired first in the UK, prior to being lanuched after the super bowl with 39million prime [...]

  • Talent on tap or trap?

    Schumpeter writes in the Economist about the recent US trend of hiring interim executives or ‘flexible boardrooms’ to cope with sudden crises (CEO messes up) or short term problems (need to get through FSA compliance or launch a new product). The practice is more common on this side of the pond but the issues remain [...]

  • Digital sparks need apply

    We’re excited Psycuity is delivering one of the days of the Northwest Vision and Media i.studio+ programme. The i.studio+ concept comes from the great team at the White Room and is designed to get new staffers in digital companies prepared for steps up the leadership ladder. So if you know any bright digital sparks make [...]

  • The workers are revolting!

    A PR from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) found that half of the workers surveyed left a job due to bad management, not such a surprising statistic given the lack of understanding of what managers really do. The management guru Henry Mintzberg rails against the over professionalisation of management and abundance of MBAs. I agree [...]

  • Doing the right thing

    Caterina Fake of Flickr fame muses that working hard is overated. A lot of her early start-up time was unproductive and spent ‘freaking out’ in other words:

    panicking
    working on things just to be seen to be busy
    not knowing what we were doing
    fearing failure
    worrying about things we needn’t have worried about
    thinking about fund raising rather than product [...]

  • Captain’s log

    Chris Brogan makes some good points about personal responsibility in ‘you are the Captain’.
    If you like leadership books one of my best reads is the Art of Captaincy by Mike Brearley, former England Cricket Captain and now a leading psychoanalyst. In cricket the captain’s influence is not measured like batting and bowling averages, but every good [...]

  • If the price is right?

    A sobering article in this month’s commerceGM magazine highlights a survey by Infosecurity Europe of 600 city financial services workers. A worrying 37% would steal company information if the price was right.
    Perhaps it’s reassuring that 63% of workers wouldn’t be tempted to hand over sensitive information even for £10m.  The ‘incentives’ ranged from a ’slap up [...]

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