Japan is one of the oldest monarchies in the world with the dynasty of the current Emperor said to have been started in 600 B.C. Doing business in Japan is still shaped by the cultural norms and traditions, so it's important to understand their culture.
It really has been manically busy but I've loved every minute of it! Mid November saw us training our new franchisees for Bromley, Stephanie Martirani and Bianca Clarke in Birmingham Central. I'm sure we'll be hearing from them shortly with updates on how they are getting on.
Accounting software is confusing and I am regularly asked which package I recommend. Rather than thinking about my needs as a bookkeeper, I always answer that it should be the one most suitable for them.
As a trained and successful mentor, I confess to a certain amount of laziness and selfishness. And yet, it's what makes me a successful mentor. How so? Surely a mentor has to put in some work, else how will the mentee develop.
When we looked at the theme for this month, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs seemed an appropriate one to compare with my team of Genies. Especially now we have taken on our apprentice making us a team of eight made up of me and seven Genies.
I was listening on the radio to Alan Johnson, MP and former labour cabinet minister. I was reminded that in the tail end of the last Labour administration there were rumours that he was going to challenge Gordon Brown for the top job.
Your business time is precious right? So it makes sense to spend your networking time with people who will bring you a return for your investment. The reality is that most of the people in your network are not referring you.
The UK economy isn't completely out of the woods yet but we're definitely starting to see signs of those infamous green shoots of recovery. As the saying goes, ''a rising tide lifts all boats'', so economic recovery should be good news for you, but most businesses aren't well-placed to capitalise on growth.
Over the past few months, FTS Safety Solutions has experienced a positive increase in the number of enquiries for safety testing. These range from general PAT testing, fire extinguisher maintenance to electrical condition reports.
This week has seen the kick off for a new client of Optimum Business Support. We are covering all things marketing, business development and social media for this niche company and our aim is to drive their business forward.
It's been a while since I wrote a new blog post. I've been so engrossed in programming and development for the sblogit.com network that I haven't allowed my inner writer any time to get scribbling. So we shall remedy that immediately with my monthly summary for November, 2013.
Cerulean Sky Limited is undergoing some rapid and radical changes right now, not least of which is to refresh our blog and revise our social media strategy. Excitingly, we will also be moving to our new offices in January 2014.
As an Assessor, I travel the country to see my apprentices and my constant companion is my car radio. One debate that I recently listened to was about whether or not apprenticeship training was a worthwhile format for the training of young people.
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