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  • Leading in a Crisis Part 2: Taking Action – David Falzani, SMF President

    If a crisis hits your company, clear thinking and decisive leadership is essential take your team through the ensuing storm. As you’ll have read in our previous blog post on this topic, preparation is vital to ensuring that your organisation can deal with a crisis effectively. With a...

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  • Cathy Breeze – Steering SMF Communications for 20 Years

    Cathy Breeze took up the role of Director of Communications at Sainsbury Management Fellows (SMF) around the time that email started to take off in business! 20 years on Cathy is managing a wide ranging campaign that embraces everything from the Annual Dinner and the Annual Report through to...

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  • Leading in a Crisis Part 1: Preparation – David Falzani, SMF President

    When crisis strikes your organisation, who are you going to call? A consultant? The bank? Your legal team? Unfortunately, there are few easy fixes to a business crisis. Crisis can strike at any time and in any form, and some can end up being so severe that your company may have to cease...

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  • Integrating Teams Post Acquisition for Perfect Harmony – David Falzani

    Managing your people and making sure it works You’ve been through a successful acquisition or merger. All the legal proceedings and necessary preparation that needed to take place have been done successfully. But this is only the beginning of a long and important process of integration. A...

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  • Real Business

    Valve Software: How a company became more profitable per head than Apple or Google.  Learning to create leaders in your company is an incredibly valuable skill. Billion-dollar software company Valve has managed to do this better than most. Here's how - SMF President, David...

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  • Preparing the Business for Sale

    In previous blogs, I’ve discussed how you can prepare to leave a business you’ve built using various exit strategies and preparation methods, such as appointing a corporate finance advisory; stabilising finances over a period of five years; and setting personal objectives for the future....

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  • Embracing, not Evading, Innovation in Clean Technology

    Over-used, over-hyped, misunderstood, and much maligned - the word ‘innovation’ often gets a bit of a rough ride in the media. Part of the problem is that the word’s literal meaning ‘to bring in a new idea’ is very broad, and depends very much on the context into which a new idea is...

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  • Clean and Cool Mission at the Long Now Foundation

    Behind a smallish shop front on Marina Boulevard, the Long Now Foundation resembles something between a trendy coffee shop, second hand bookstore, art gallery and museum of mechanical computers.  This was to be the culmination of a morning’s tour of downtown San Francisco for the Clean and...

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  • An Entrepreneurial Christmas List

    Most of us are reaching the end of our working year in the run-up to Christmas. With the economy finally on the rise, 2014 has been an exciting and productive year for entrepreneurs and start-ups.  As we’re looking forward to an even brighter 2015, we asked four of our...

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  • Grooming your Business for Sale: Appointing a Corporate Finance Advisor

    Preparing a business for an eventual sale is usually a long, arduous process made up of many different steps and unseen complications. Selling a business is nothing like selling a house or private property: it involves negotiations over every minute detail of the company’s infrastructure, as...

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