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Bowled over: Influencing others doesn't always require authority

How to influence without authority

Being able to influence others without relying on authority can be an invaluable skill, says Stephen Archer

On the up: But how can you keep ideas fresh during expansion?

Building businesses with a start-up mentality

A start-up mentality is what can propel businesses quickly to the realms of successful SMEs: so how can you maintain the best traits when growing into the higher echelons?

In tune: Culture is key to survival and growth

Developing a culture to survive and grow

Cashflow and corporate structure are always going to be huge in developing your business: but if you ignore culture are you at risk of leaving the continuity piece behind?

Training day: Can businesses afford not to train their staff?

Five reasons to invest in staff learning this year

Budget restraints are holding back learning and development programmes: but should businesses be asking if they can afford not to train their staff?

Rough diamond: Is the approach to potential flawed?

Diamonds in the rough: Identifying and growing your rising stars

Is the concept of talent overrated? Here Lumesse HR director Steve Hewitt outlines a radical new approach to identifying the stars of the future

Apprenticeships ‘at the heart’ of growing businesses, says parliament’s apprenticeship ambassador

Event at House of Commons highlights growing role apprentices play in supporting small business in the UK

Ben Hutt:

How to put agile business practices in motion

Business agility is a term thrown about a lot in business: but do people really understand what it means and how to achieve it? Talent Party CEO Ben Hutt gives his views

Growing influence: Culture can be hard to retain during expansion

6 tips to retain a start-up culture in a growing business

Growth in a business is always welcome, but how can owners ensure they retain the culture that made them successful in the first place? Talent Party CEO Ben Hutt gives his views

Strategic advantage: Leaders benefit from delegating their former, more transactional tasks

Why you can’t lead from your comfort zone

When workers are promoted to the top job they often have trouble letting go of their former duties and moving on to more strategic tasks. Read on for some tips to resist this urge when you secure a big promotion.

Women's power: The UK is missing out on potential income by not encouraging more female business owners

Female entrepreneurship “untapped” in UK

More to do to support women in enterprise despite progress, says government report

Floundering firms shouldn't be focused on reinventing themselves, says Wainwright

Failing companies need a different approach to strategic advice

Robert Wainwright, MD of WWA Consultants, is an advocate of tailoring advice and assistance so that it fits into the busy schedule of a business leader – and explains why to GrowthBusiness.

Being a director is a great way to influence business, but comes with responsibility

The legal implications of company directorships

Fiona Beal, professional support lawyer at Brodies, explains the legal framework and responsibilities associated with becoming the director of a business.

Attending business school can provide a new perspective on entrepreneurship

The benefits of completing a MSc from an entrepreneur’s perspective

With a wealth of options out there when it comes to sharpening your business skills, Kaffeination co-founder Matthias Schmid tells us why his decision to complete a MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at Manchester Business School paid off for him.

The Godfather Don Corleone oversaw a mafia empire using novel strategies

What can we learn from literature’s most memorable businessmen?

They are fictional characters from some of history's most classic tales, but what lessons are worth extrapolating?

City and business: Boris Johnson has served as London mayor since 2008

Why Boris Johnson's job-share would be good news for London business

With the mayor of London Boris Johnson set to decide between keeping his position or returning to government, business consultant Leon Emirali argues that a job-share might be a good idea.

Non-executives can help with factors such as boardroom cohesion

Why a non-executive may be just the tonic your growth strategy needs

Alex Arnot, a non-executive board advisor to a range of SME organisations, outlines six reasons why you can’t afford NOT to appoint one.

City Hall was the location for the meeting of 100 CEOs with investors

What makes a successful CEO?

To find out what characteristics contribute to a world-class CEO, GrowthBusiness visited the CEO Summit and posed the question to select members of the new CEO 100 Club.

Local produce: The cassava root is a vital part of the brewing process

Improving the supply chain through support and advice

When a company's supply chain stretches across all four corners of the globe, helping them to improve is an important challenge.

Family firm: Peter Petyt is looking to take Kain Knight to the next level

The art of growing a family run professional services firm

Growing any business is rarely a walk in the park, but coming in as an outsider to grow a 35-year old, family-run legal services firm is even harder still. 

And again: Alex Ferguson has created countless new teams during his 27 years

How the skills of Manchester United's Alex Ferguson can be used to construct a winning business team

By looking at the skills and leadership qualities of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, Simon Swan, co-founder of Hiring-Hub.com, looks at how this can be applied to the business world and the success of growth companies.

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Mobile guilt: Taking work emails in personal time can lead to stress

Workers feel ‘mobile guilt’ over both personal and work calls

Taking work calls at home and personal calls at work both cause anxiety for Gen M workers

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Making d'oh: Can entrepreneurs learn from The Simpsons?

Five lessons in entrepreneurship from The Simpsons

In The Simpsons plenty of characters start their own business: so what can others looking to do the same learn from their experiences?

Comment & Analysis

Monopoly money: Google has been attacked by the European Commission

The EC vs Google: A lesson for all businesses great and small

The recent heavyweight legal fight between the European Commission and Google has thrown up a lot of questions around competition law...

Research

'28% of organisations do not measure the cost of customer service'

Report exposes lack of ROI insight from customer service

The gap in businesses’ measurement of customer experience means they don’t know what customers really want, research finds