The truth is, management needs a makeover for 2014 if new year optimism is to translate into long-term growth. We're facing two key challenges: the rapid pace of workplace change, and a mismatch between what managers need to be good at and what they are actually good at.
It's important for Conservatives to show that conservatism and capitalism benefits everybody in society. The party talks about helping hard working people and it's crucial that people who work hard feel that the system is working for them. It's crucial that Conservatives show that the free market can provide benefits to everybody in society
Put a few entrepreneurs in a room and you'll find the topic of conversation will inevitably gravitate to who's done more screw ups than the other. I've been in that room enough times to know that after a while it's the same record all over again. I share with you below the 10 most frequent...
The first few weeks of 2014 have shown that, while commentators and economists seem convinced that the recovery has set in, the economic and political battle over living standards and the cost of living remains as strong as it was in 2013.
Today we face grave new threats to our security, the most urgent and costly of which is the need to transform our economies away from fossil fuels and excessive consumption. That is why its time to talk about, and talk up, monetary reform - to ensure that the public good that is our money system once again serves the interests of wider society, not just those of private wealth.
It was fitting on the day that Channel 4's documentary Benefits Street aired its first episode, Chancellor George Osborne announced a further round of £25 billion worth of spending cuts. Coming mostly from the welfare budget, Osborne said 2014 would be the year of 'hard truths.'
As we get older we are encouraged to let the fears of our youth recede. However, one of the most common fears is a 'fear of missing out'; Do you believe you're missing out and everything good is happening somewhere else? That's a tough one to shift, and it can certainly be identified in our attitudes towards the housing ladder.
With 2014 marking the last full year before the next General Election, as well as the Scottish independence referendum and local and European elections, it might be fair to say our politicians are looking ahead with some trepidation at the year ahead.
Here's an alarming statistic for you: more than one in five commuters say rising fares are leading to them considering looking for work outside of London according to a OnePoll survey of over 500 London workers. This would be a disaster for the Capital's business scene. Can you imagine losing more than 20 per cent of your workforce to rising commuter costs?
Most of us like the idea of a Single European Market. For some it is the best reason and, for others, the only reason for the UK to remain a member of the European Union. But in recent years we have ended up with reams of legislation, introduced in the name of the Single Market, but which run totally counter to the purpose of British membership...
In an earlier article, my colleague Professor Rob Ackrill and I summarised the findings of a wide range of research on the impacts of migration. React...
According to recent figures from the ONS UK Economic Accounts over £334billionn is currently being hoarded by British businesses. This staggering amount of money is effectively laying dormant in the bank accounts of major corporations, rather than being invested in British businesses and SMEs.
At Christmas the biggest concern for many of us is last minute shopping for gifts or making sure we get everything done in the office before heading home to the family. Unfortunately, for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities this can be a time of loneliness and desperation.
The prime minister will shortly begin the process of compiling his shopping list for EU reform. There is little doubt that EU migration will be at or near the top... It will take nerves of steel to walk the EU tightrope of asking concessions from the very countries whose citizens he wants to discourage from working in the UK.
If they are going to bow to every ridiculous religious whim, why not go the whole hog and have men enter through the front doors and women shuffle in with their heads bowed through the delivery hatch wearing an M&S blackout curtain for full compliance?
In his March 2011 Budget, George Osborne promised a 'march of the makers': an economic recovery led by manufacturing industry boosting exports and investment spending. But companies have been reluctant to oblige, and as we look forward to 2014, a recovery built on this solid foundation seems increasingly unlikely.