Companies need to deploy a range of different strategies to help ideas flourish and innovation projects succeed. And the finance function can help create a framework that promotes clarity, transparency and financial discipline across that portfolio.
In big business circles, social media is becoming an essential business tool - so why aren't more small businesses taking full advantage? Is the perceived risk and time commitment considered to be greater than the reward?
So can private companies play a positive role in communities? Half of people polled believe a company can improve its national image through positive work locally, yet 37% think such work is just a stunt to receive good PR.
Home inspectors are extremely popular with homeowners who are looking to sell. Different from building or code inspectors, home inspectors go through each section of your home to ensure that any defects are brought to your attention that could hurt the sale of your property.
One of the keys to successful networking is to focus on your network rather than just expect your network to focus on you. That is easily said but to do so takes a degree of thought and effort rather than just good intent.
You are allowed to feel a bit aggrieved and annoyed if people make your life difficult. The trick is to ensure you don't become ensnared in your own mood. If you let a difficult person ruin your entire day, you are letting them have control in your life. Why would you give a difficult person the reins to your fate?
In all walks of life there is a gap between what is said and what is understood. But it is in the world of finance that the gap is arguably greatest, and with it the potential dangers. This attitude to finance - that it is necessarily complex and hard to understand - is everywhere and it is corrosive.
Can procrastination ever be positive? There are certain circumstances when it is "acceptable" - even wise - to procrastinate! But we first need to think of this behavior in terms of the neutral definition of deferring or delaying action in the list above. We can then ascribe a positive attribute to it, depending on the situation.
I hate to sound like a sycophant but I do think Arianna Huffington was spot on when she implored the all-female grad class of Smith College to "redefine success" rather than "climb the ladder of success".
But a growing number of us are getting impatient. We don't want to wait until we're nearly 40 to be a property owner. No. We want to be rich, or at least financially comfortable, by the time we're middle aged - which means we need to make things happen much quicker.
The career advice that they are given at these events from strong successful women often centres around learning what gets the attention of male bosses, competing in a mans world and being more confident. This is all sound advice and may even help you to be viewed as one of the boys, but is that what we really want?
I have witnessed people's expectations of life and career change significantly over the last 20 years, especially for women. Today, when young people choose a career, there's a high expectation to move quickly and progress. If talent isn't recognised early, then these people can quickly become frustrated and demotivated.
The government, in the shape of the Business Minister Michael Fallon has confirmed that the banks Goldman Sachs and RBS will handle the upcoming Royal Mail privatisation. For this they will receive tens of millions of pounds. Exactly how much we do not know. In fact according to the Minister, they are practically cutting their own throats to do this.
UK businesses are not helping the skills shortage by demanding that employees commute to and from offices. If companies enabled their employees to work from anywhere they could hire the best, most talented candidates regardless of where in the world they live.
Alltech employ more than 3,000 people in 128 countries and are important players in the agri-food sector, helping farmers feed the world, raise healthy animals, and protect the environment through nutritional innovation.
Had Lord Sugar been born a girl, The Apprentice might've been a very different show. "Follow your passion babes - you deserve it" and we'd see 12 ambitious young knitters, bakers and producers of vintage bunting battling it out to launch an Etsy store.