In putting together our book 'Business is Beautiful' I and my co-authors at Dragon Rouge looked at businesses all over the world, from Hong Kong to Tanazania and from electric car makers to textiles. In doing so we were able to outline a number of rules for the successful businessperson, whatever your sector.
To provide context, it's been an uphill struggle and I can't ever forget what I've overcome. After having a tough time at school, dropping out of University, finding out I'm in the bottom 2% of the world in reading due to my severe dyslexia, it was hard to believe I could achieve success. Especially doing it all on my own.
Mark Zuckerberg's note to Facebook shareholders explains how the hacker way has given his business a particular mentality. The argument, as I understand it, is that just getting stuff done is the key to progress - rather than procrastinating. It's about continuous, relentless progress. Roger so far. But then there's this...
As you may well know, last week Labour leader, Ed Miliband, announced that if Labour were to form the next government they would encourage businesses to pay employees the Living Wage (approximately £8.55) by cutting business rates or tax levels for those that do. As someone who employees 20-30 people (some on PAYE and others freelance) at the London Jewellery School, I whole-heartedly welcome these plans.
With GetLunched, you can find people near you with similar interests, personal or career-wise, and schedule to have lunch with them. That way, you are able to meet new people within the workday. It also makes for a more productive lunch hour whilst giving you a mandatory screen break.
However your business has grown, you're now in that place where you no longer know everyone personally to influence their thoughts and actions in relation to your brand and your culture. It has become a physical impossibility to line manage everyone and sad as it may feel, it's time to delegate and hand over the reins.
Everyone wants the best for their children. But when you can't trust what is written on food labels, it's impossible to feel sure you are making positive choices for your family. As a working Mum, I know how hard it is to do a long day in the office and then come home to try and figure out what I'm going to cook for supper.