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Build your Blueprint for consistency and scale!

It’s the start of another New Year… 2023 no less (I remember when a date like that was futuristic sci-fi territory!) And I’m sure that like most business owners, your head is full of thoughts, ideas…maybe even plans (although you haven’t committed them to writing…yet) of everything that you want

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My Year in Review – Free tool

Could do better?! Do you remember when you were at school and you’d get your end of year report with a little summary from all of the teachers about how you performed?  Maybe, like me, you still have a couple and have a good laugh at them, on the odd

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3 Golden Rules for Successful Hiring

Right now as business owners, we’re all assessing and re-assessing key elements of our operation – from our business model to our marketing, from our team to our own role in the day to day – it’s that time of year. We start to think about what’s worked well, and

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Seed Gathering in your Business

In horticulture, this time of year is one for reflection, harvest and protection from the coming elements… The Autumnal equinox in September signifies the start of the seed gathering season where we’re encouraged to forage for seeds, fruit and nuts to plant them under our protection. To nurture them over

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Mental Health at Work – How to protect boundaries

The increase in concern over burnout and overwhelm and the breakdown of the work-life balance is very real.   Technology is a double-edged sword; for every advance and for every connection made, for every time zone broken down, we are more available and more accessible than ever. The flip side?

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Queen Elizabeth II – Servant Leader

Leadership as loving service? Over the past couple of weeks there’s been an awful lot said about The Queen, about the person behind the throne, about her faith and the impact it had on her daily life, and most relevant to me, about her qualities as a leader – The

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4 Traits of the Modern Leader

Not surprisingly in the current climate there are a lot of posts about leadership on LinkedIn at the moment. Many outline the ‘normal’ traits and behaviours of a leader, things like vision, integrity, empathy, nous, decisiveness. We can all trot them out and they are important traits, don’t get me

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7 Tips for Effective Communication

“You’re communicating with me way too much,” said no employee to their manager ever. No successful business has ever become successful without great people managers. But how many businesses have lost great people due to a bad one? There are many skills needed by a manager but if you want

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Business as Usual

One of the biggest lessons learned by many business owners during lockdown, was either that they had too many individuals who were indispensable, or that there were too many tasks that could only be done by one individual – often the business owner themselves. What resulted was at worst, a

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Mission: To Manage – Now on Audible

Managers – do you listen to audiobooks? Well it’s taken some time, but I’m delighted to tell you that… drum roll… Mission: To Manage is finally available as an audiobook on both Audible UK and Audible US.   I know parents aren’t meant to boast about their children, but I

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What can we learn from the Platinum Jubilee?

Consistency is a key word in our business, and the achievement of consistency is key to everything we do.   The desire for a consistent operation is the whole reason our clients come to us – the goal of having a consistent operation that runs like clockwork whether they are

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Are you proud of your team?

Are you proud of your team? Whatever your industry, business or team size, I bet you wouldn’t be where you are now without your wonderful team! Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate and appreciate your people, and in particular our LGBTQ+ team members in honour of Pride month this June.

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Time for a Spring Clean?

I may be showing my age here, but back in the day it was a real thing to ‘do a spring clean’.  Some say that it originated in Iran where local people celebrated the new year with a cleaning frenzy known (roughly translated) as ‘shaking the house’!  Others say it

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You get the standards you tolerate

I’m a firm believer in that phrase and it was well illustrated a couple of weeks ago. If you’re not a rugby or football fan please bear with me 🙂 It was watching the Liverpool v Atalanta Champions League game. An Atalanta player fouled an opponent and was being booked

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10 Top Benefits of a Systemised Business

Over the last few weeks I’ve been sharing specifics of how to systemise different areas of your business. So this week I thought it may be worth reminding you why you should bother, with my top ten (of the many) benefits of a systemised business! Increased customer loyalty and retention.

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A Memorable First Day

The first crucial step of your new team member’s journey through your business “A small company depends on great people much more than a big company does.” – Steve Jobs So! You’re happy that you’ve made a good fist of your hiring. You took your time. You’ve not settled. You’ve

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In Celebration of International Women’s Day 2021

Fourteen inspiring businesswomen from across the globe come together to inspire women to create the next chapter of their lives. It’s been an extraordinary couple of years, during which time countless women around the world have gone that extra mile to inspire and support each other, to help one another

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Right team, right results

I learned a lot during my time with McDonald’s, a scaling giant, but there are 3 key lessons that stick with me. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but along with spring, there’s a real sense of renewed optimism in the air.  Home-schooling parents are soon to be released from

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Does your inbox suck the life out of you?

‘A vampire is a creature from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital essence of the living.’ – Wikipedia We all have vampires in our lives. Time vampires! And the biggest vampire of all is your inbox.  You know what I’m talking about – you plan your day, have it all

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3 Top Tips for Productive Home-Working

Tip 1 Work in sync with your ‘productivity clock’. Growing up I remember that everyone was expected to be productive at the same times during the day. And we just aren’t. There are early birds and night owls, and every shade of grey in between. Everyone has a natural rhythm so

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Time to take back Control

‘Too many people let the day happen to them, and then get to the end of it feeling frustrated because another day has passed them by without them achieving anything.’ So many people are feeling overwhelmed at the moment. You may be one of them. Between working from home, running

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Put your own mask on first

If you want to be there for your team and your family, you have to protect your own time and energy. Protecting our own time and energy, is one of the biggest challenges we face as a leader. Protecting it so we can be our capable, calm and compassionate selves, enabling

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Battle the Blues and Engage your Team

“If you could re-hire all of your team members tomorrow, would you?” That’s a question you’ll have heard me refer to many times, and it’s a question I always put to my clients to get an immediate insight into the effectiveness of their hiring system. It’s occasionally met with a

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A bad system will beat a good person every time.

‘94% of all failure is a result of the system, not the people.’ That’s quite a statement from W Edwards Deming – a pretty revolutionary thought-leader on management and productivity back in the day. So is he right? How easy is it for your people to get it right, first

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‘Marianne is the author of four books and is currently working on her fifth whilst regularly writing her blog, we hope you enjoy it :)


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