GK Chesterton, the great author who inspired Gandhi to end British colonial rule in India, observed: "I owe my success to having listened respectfull...
Here's a cracking social enterprise model - big name retailers need to get rid of old stock at minimal cost - so they give it to a "social" supermarket who only sells to those living locally, on welfare and at significant discount.
Can we really be superwoman and 'have it all' or is it our time to find the balance in our lives and ask for what we want rather than assume we have to be brilliant at everything?
In 130 pages of the Autumn Statement the Chancellor covered, as he was right to do, every major public sector programme: but there was one significant omission. A programme which now costs 8% of GDP - the National Health Service. Apart from the commitment to ring-fencing there was no single line in the whole report dedicated to the NHS.
UK businesses are entering 2014 brimming with confidence and with growth firmly placed high up the management agenda. However, while this transition from recession to recovery is encouraging for all, businesses must resist the urge to revert to their pre-crisis way of thinking and instead learn to adapt to the new normal.
The role of an owner is not an easy one - far from it - but as I saw back in 2011, there is no better reward than watching your club break records and secure silverware, in the knowledge that your backing made it all possible.
There are numerous arguments in favour of such actions: a fear of the unknown, a lack of understanding, the concern that employees won't work with online distractions around, and so forth. To some extent, these concerns are valid.
A break-up of the eurozone may be where we are headed if spending cuts take precedence over debt defaults and if the financial crisis continues to be cynically portrayed as a morality play. What the continent needs is a debt jubilee and a halt to austerity. Oh, and some solidarity. Otherwise, a second Great Depression beckons.
Increasing complexity and diminishing workplace security define our society. We live in a time in which straight careers with long lasting company affiliation have been replaced by an increasing number of patchwork careers. Vocational training and retirement in the same company, as it was normal for our grandparents, is hard to imagine these days.
Despite the obvious need, the clear demand and the huge economic benefits we still fail to invest in housing. We still have the hysterical reaction of the well-heeled and well housed to the idea of new homes being built.
One of the reasons we've got so used to our car tax discs is that it shows that we've paid our bill. It's evidence that we've paid our dues, and one of many day-to-day demonstrations of transparency that we can take for granted.
What I have learnt is been similar to a younger male or female member of a startup, the only difference being they have the world in front of them. Get the start up right and you'll be set up for life. These are the 6 key things that I have considered in the journey to where I am now.
Bitcoin, the darling of libertarian, fiat money avoiders, has plunged nearly 40% in a few short weeks. After an incredible run this year, soaring like a rocket from a bit more than $200 to $1,203 between October and late November, bitcoin has collapse back down to $752.
These modern, lean management structures place greater importance on the individual and never before have the values of motivation, initiative and communication been held in such high regard. Harnessing these skills will go a long way to helping you stand out and become a valuable asset to your employer.
We haven't, until now, designated a particular time of the year to celebrate all that small businesses give to our communities... We'll be using Saturday 7 December - one of the busiest shopping days in the calendar to encourage people to spend their Christmas shopping money locally, not only boosting the local economy but saving on transport costs too.
Do you feel needy for approval and want to be liked by everyone? Do you sometimes find you automatically say yes without considering the consequences?