We asked our regulars at Swindon Business Village for recommendations of good summer reads, both business books and fiction. Here’s what they came up with: They say that travel broadens the mind. Well so does travel writing I Dreamed Of Africa, by Kuki Gallmann A true tale of her life from a young girl […]Continue Reading →
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At the conclusion of my last blog post, Social Media Trends in 2017: What’s hot and what’s not, I made reference to the rise of a phenomenon known as dark social media. This post…
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When Theresa May called the June General Election, many of the Budget proposals were put on hold to allow for speedy passage of the Finance Bill. This included Making Tax Digital, trumpeted by the government as a key part of its plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right …Continue Reading →
Like, what exactly you’re supposed to wear for work when the mercury is hitting 30 degrees.
If you’re a self-assessed taxpayer, then your second income tax payment on account for the 2016/17 tax year is due this month – July 31. The payment will have been calculated based on your final tax liability for the year ended April 5 2016, with the first payment having been made in January 2017, and …Continue Reading →
Communicating a constructive mindset is the first step to embracing change – whether or not team members ‘like’ or ‘agree’ with it:
- Make time for the team to discuss the change together openly. Put it in context, explain why it’s happening, why it’s necessary and what it entails.
- Be open and realistic about the pros and cons. This will encourage constructive ideas about any issues and help the team to buy into the change. Listen to concerns and show you understand, especially normal feelings of being unsettled and unsure.
- Invite questions and either respond immediately or find out answers and follow up with them later.
- Provide key facts to answer questions and concerns
- Evaluate the change with the team, involve them in assessing its impact and gaining clarity in their minds so they can overcome their doubts and fears.
- Ask the team for their reactions and acknowledge any reservations. Ask – “What would help you make the adjustment?”
- Identify any challenging areas that might need further support. If difficulties are raised which can’t be resolved immediately, make a note and follow up.
- Help the team to adapt and evolve their behaviours to begin to ‘have a go.’
- Identify skills and learning solutions that will help the team adapt to the change
- Be visible and present to deal with questions and identify issues.
- Advocate a ‘one step at a time approach’ to build confidence and make sure the team learns from mistakes.
- Be fair and supportive – and encourage the team to be patient and supportive with each other.
- Give people the freedom to ‘get on with it’ and practice, so that they stay focused and start to commit to the change.
- Invite the team to use their initiative, adopt a “keep on learning” mindset and continually improve their performance.
- Give regular feedback to reinforce learning and boost confidence. Show appreciation and highlight the progress the team has made and give credit on their achievement.
- Review progress at team meetings and encourage individuals to share their knowledge with other members of the team.
- At every opportunity remind the team of the purpose of the change and the priorities.
And finally! Be transparent with the team. There is no crystal ball to determine in advance whether or not the change will work. No one can predict every eventuality – which means that some changes will be changed again!
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Fashion trends have come and gone almost since the dawn of time. In modern times though trends are everywhere. Food is often trend driven. Goji berries and smashed avocado on toast anyone? Now, in…
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Parents and grandparents are unclear about Inheritance Tax rules, according to new research from over 55s retirement specialist Key Retirement. A survey it commissioned reveals 47% of parents and grandparents do not understand the tax rules around gifting and almost three quarters (73%) admit they find the rules complicated. At the same time, 38% are …Continue Reading →