I really enjoy helping people pull together a great CV. However, this seems to mostly involve giving the same initial advice each time!
Going forward, my aim is to make sure conversations focus as much as possible on substance rather than style. To that end, this article articulates some areas to tackle first.
Most of this advice isn’t foolproof or original. However, in almost a decade of doing this, these five basics are the things I’ve found the most effective to come back to.
Before you start, put yourself in the shoes of a person who might be reviewing your application. …
A sound business built with a sale in mind — even if that option is never used — has much more value, carries significantly lower risk, and can be much more personally enjoyable to run, according to John Warrillow.
The author uses two different approaches in Built to Sell to make this point. The first is the fictional story of Alex Stapleton, design agency owner, his serial entrepreneur mentor Ted Gordon, and their quest to sell Alex’s business. …
Told through the lens of AG Lafley and Roger Martin’s journey to double P&G’s sales and quadruple its profits in the 2000s, Playing to Win is an explanation of what business strategy is and how it works.
At the book’s core is ‘the Strategic Choice Cascade’, a framework they demonstrate with case studies about brands such as Gillette, Pampers and Olay. …
A serial entrepreneur, Priestley is the founder of Dent Global, an accelerator which specialises in scaling traditional service businesses with 6–7 figure revenues, by helping founders differentiate their brand.
Traction is essentially a framework of (not very catch-ily named) templates and meetings to clarify an SME’s vision, and execute it. Leaning heavily on the work of Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, Michael Gerber and Dan Sullivan, Gino Wickman aims his method at business leaders who:
Essentialism is to your mind what Marie Kondo is to your wardrobe. McKeown’s mantra — ‘the disciplined pursuit of less, but better’ — seems apt in a modern western world full of anxiety and excess, where many of us feel ‘overworked and underutilised’.
Without proof from ‘real’ customers that business ideas have genuine potential, founders risk building a new organisation around a product or service which nobody wants or will pay enough for.
Reis pitches his approach to starting a new business as an alternative to ‘just doing it’ on the one hand and traditional, inflexible business planning on the other. It has broad applicability — he defines ‘startup’ as any human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.
Methodically identifying the assumptions founders have about:
a. The best offerings to present to consumers (Value Hypotheses)…
There are a bewildering array of business books out there.
Amazon warehouses propel them into bookshelves and Kindles around the world, on the basis of word-of-mouth recommendations from kindly mentors or enraptured fanatics, advertising of many forms, and those *imaginatively* titled ‘seven books all millionaires under the age of 29 have read’ articles splashed across various social networks.
Few of these books are superb from start to finish, few of us need everything in any of them, and few of them fit together with other titles on similar topics in a straightforward way.
A management consultancy career gives me (among of the…
A Great Day At The Office is based on the premise that however impressive our capability or resilience, flourishing in life and work requires energy. The amount of energy we have available impacts our willpower, physical performance, mental capacity, and mood. The book is about optimising various aspects of lifestyle for energy, in order to improve how its readers feel and function.
A practicing doctor, journalist, and international speaker, Briffa’s consultancy provides wellness training services to organisations, focusing on how dietary and lifestyle factors can treat and prevent health issues that erode professional performance.
This plays out in his pragmatic approach, rooted in the reality of the working world, rather than a series of unobtainable edicts you’d have to dedicate your life to following. He also spends a large chunk of each chapter backing up his points with the various underlying scientific concepts and supporting research for the more cynical among us (i.e. …
Habits are important; they make up some 40% of our daily decisions. Charles Duhigg’s book aims to help readers understand these vital elements of our lives, and how to change them — within ourselves, our organisations and our society.