Let's found a Culture Club that rallies round on a challenging but achievable target - like getting over 50% of the FTSE 350 signed up to the VyT framework by 2020. And report and track progress, directing the media spotlight on those who shine and those who don't.
The international lenders of European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund (Troika) have plans for Greece. The last loan instalment to the country is in February. Greece is certain to require a new bail-out loan.
Word-of-mouth is still the best way to grow a business, and with social media, there's never been a better time to encourage people to share their strongly positive experiences widely. Each customer can influence tens, even hundreds of people nearly effortlessly.
It seems that politicians are wedded to imposing conditions in return for benefits and that sanctions will remain part of that regime. However, employment support providers know that you achieve most with jobseekers when the relationship is positive, providers are trusted and jobseekers want to work.
Despite the highs and inevitable lows of being a business developer for the last 20 years, I've not only managed to create a great team since 2000 but we've also changed the way our clients think about how to open doors from cold.
Blind trust is the belief that an employee with access to company accounts chooses to stay late and work weekends, unobserved, out of selfless devotion. Professional scepticism is what allows those motives to be questioned, possibly using discrete checks.
I'm sure many of you have enjoyed reading a good motivational book or ebook at some point in recent months. I've had quite a few to choose from and this got me thinking, are all books really created equal? If you had to choose, would it be an ebook or a printed one?
Did she cure an unknown disease? No. Did she take a stand against one of the many social issues that affect women? No. Maybe she voiced an opinion about the current global warming debate... nope, wrong again. Other than being an overrated clothes horse, it's hard to see the value added when it comes to Kim K. However despite all the arguments against the all-encompassing Kardashian brand, you can't help but secretly admire her business acumen.
If QE is a massive block of money (no-one's quite saying it's immovable) tending to pump up prices and spending, the precipitous fall in the oil price has resulted is a near-irresistible force working against it.
Investing a small amount of time will surely reap dividends and bring positive change and fresh practical ideas to make the business better. One opinion or idea could transform the business. If there are thousands of employees, then enlist the help of fellow directors.
The end of January is rapidly approaching, but it's not too late to adopt some good habits for the year ahead. As a small business owner I'm a big fan of capitalism. There is no other economic system that generates the wealth we need to make society work...
As employers, we know how tough it is out there, but that doesn't stop us wanting the very best people for the job, particularly as these new recruits could one day become the leaders of our businesses. We want to see evidence that these young people have got what it takes to negotiate the complexities of today's workplace.
With that in mind, David Cameron has vowed to treble the number of start-up loans the government is dishing out to Britain's aspiring entrepreneurs. Who wouldn't love that? There's just one little problem: if that same government doesn't make some serious changes to the level of support small businesses are currently afforded, in five years we may have about 75,000 failed startups on our hands.
I have developed what I have termed menopausal Tourette's. What I mean is I find I am actually vocalising my inner thoughts, sometimes to the perpetrator and all too often to the world at large. Leaving me looking well frankly just a bit crackers!
Professor Schwab has put ethics on the WEF agenda for the first time. He is right that trust has suffered and that ethics is critical...with a few nuances.
Despite the fact that the sharing economy is such a basic endeavor that has existed for centuries, many economists, corporate thought leaders, members of the workforce, and consumers themselves, have expressed hesitations regarding this model.