Years ago I remember reading Arthur Hailey’s book “Wheels”. This was a fictional tome that covered the car industry, and followed on from novels about the airline and hotel sectors. As a boy reading the book on the car industry, the thing that struck me most forcefully was how the executive, Adam Trenton, found he always had more things to do than time to do them. This particularly made an impact because it was out of my experience. Now, years later, it’s my daily problem.
To be in the final is really exciting, especially waiting for the former candidates to come back. When they arrive and you stand their picking your team, it’s almost like being back at school! For me, Chris picked a really strong team. He had both Jamie and Liz who were two of my top picks from the beginning. However, as good as Chris and his team were, it was Stella’s night.
We all know how important it is to adopt green practices, but making a business more environmentally friendly in a challenging economic market can seem daunting.
I’ve just come off the phone to someone who asked my advice on £2,000 of advertising they had been offered. I told them they’d be better off printing their web address on two hundred tenners and chucking them down the street. Spending money is easy – earning it is harder.
MEPs have backed an extension of maternity leave laws to 20 weeks, but what impact will this have on UK businesses?
Week nine and what a week?! With only seven candidates left, the competition is really heating up, and all the candidates seem to be feeling the pressure. As Stella went to answer the phone at 5.30am she was already sniping at the other candidates and calling them lazy!
I’ve learnt that I can’t do everything, and I still couldn’t, even if I was the most talented person in the country. Even the practical guy who does his own car maintenance, decorating and electrical work probably doesn’t grow his own food.
“If you’re not growing then you’re dying” – so goes the saying.
In the current harsh times, it’s understandable to believe that just surviving is enough. However, the true performers, in any sphere, are constantly looking to improve and take things to the next level. So how could you accelerate the growth of your company?
There will always be the dilemma among employers over the best candidate. But can a change in the maternity law structure make it easier for both employer and their workforce?