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How to get started in innovation

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 18th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.6 min read

We all get the idea that innovation’s important. If we can just improve, develop and discover more than our competitors, we can find and attract more customers and make more profits. But it’s how to do it that foxes all but a few. Here are some guidelines for how to get started in innovation. If you’re a manager of firm that wants to get innovation going, we can help you.

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Due Diligence Drives People Strategy

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.7 min read

One popular outcome for directors of a profitable firm in a buoyant market is to go for a buy out – selling the firm as a going concern. The buyer will use any identified risks as argument to reduce the offer price. And here's how.

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Increasing productivity though people and technology

VideoWritten by John Berry on 11th December 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.1 min read

French workers generate the same wealth as British workers but in a 32-hour week rather than the British 36-hour week. Managers are generally under pressure to improve their firms. So there's no question about whether or not managers should invest. It's just a question of where - in people or machines?

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Six ways to avoid hiring square pegs for round holes

Blog PostWritten by Sue Berry on 7th February 2018. Revised 25th March 2020.6 min read

Perhaps you employed someone and you later found that they don't quite meet the role requirements; they somehow don't fit. Or, you moved someone into a new role and they just didn't perform as well as they used to. Here's how to avoid such mismatch between the person and the job.

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Raising SME Manager Skills

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

Management is a science. Few managers – accidental or otherwise - would dispute that claim as they struggle to motivate their staff. Management is non-obvious and must be learned. Here's a discussion about approaches.

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Technology as a force for change

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 6th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.10 min read

Technology provides a force for change in all businesses. Technologists innovate and develop new technological knowledge and technological artefacts. That technological knowledge helps us do things differently and to innovate within our businesses. The technological artefacts help us do things, but they also do things for us and replace us in things we did previously.

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