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Leaders' debate: Is focus on management damaging?

Navigating by design: Leadership not management

In this exclusive extract from Kevin Uphill's book Navigating the Rivers of Cash, the author looks at the ways leaders can be more effective by taking focus away from levels of management

Breaking good: Five successful entrepreneurs with criminal backgrounds

We all know entrepreneurs as the hard-working business owners who drive our economy: but some have travelled to their current status on a road you wouldn’t describe as the straight and narrow…

Service-focused: Can you make money without a fixation on profit?

How to make your company a financial success by focusing on service, not profit

Here, Ali Lijee, founder of the UK’s first nationwide Apple repair network, reveals how he started and subsequently grew his business model which focused on delivering quality service over inflated profits.

International business: Understanding global markets is crucial

Why an independent director is crucial to embracing internationalism

International expansion is one of the most complex procedures a growing business can go through: could hiring a good independent director be the key to success?

Hard work: Increasing productivity can be a matter of improving action models

Getting things done: Three action models to increase productivity

How can you build a model for effectively prioritising actions and making the most efficient use of your time? This exclusive extract from David Allen's book Getting Things Done should help

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.

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Appy talk: Free mobile apps can be very useful

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Comment & Analysis

Power play: Can business leaders succeed in politics?

Is it possible to make a successful transition from business to politics?

Serial entrepreneur Ivan Massow has entered the race to succeed Boris Johnson as Mayor of London: but is it ever a good idea for people from the world of business to cross over into politics?

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