Sometimes it's really important to step out of your normal circle of activities and see things from a new perspective.
Finding and retaining the right people has become an urgent priority for most of us running businesses if they are to be fit and prepared for the new uncertain world in which we are operating.
We're already nearly a month into 2019, but it feels like a New Year has not brought much that's new -only an intensification of a number of challenges!
The productivity debate has significantly risen up the political and business agenda. There are different views on what drives productivity, but understanding it is vital to improving living standards and achieving sustainable economic growth.
Just a few weeks ago at the beginning of October, organisations across the UK got involved in National Customer Service Week. Once again, it proved a huge success with high levels of engagement from businesses around the country.
From simple robotics to speed up a process, right through to intelligent AI that can learn for itself and make decisions, technology is reshaping our world and the way that businesses operate.
Last month, I discussed the results of our latest UKCSI and expressed my concerns over evidence that a dip in customer satisfaction levels is beginning to take hold. One of the sectors that performed least strongly was Telecommunications & Media.
The Institute's twice yearly UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) is perhaps our most revealing and comprehensive piece of research into the state and direction of standards of customer service.
It may be hard to believe, but two years have now passed since the historic referendum on Brexit. We stand just nine months away from leaving the EU, albeit with a transition period set to run to the end of 2020.
Customer satisfaction and transparency are what make a company a genuine 'going concern', but to build trust we would benefit from an additional, wider, definition of 'going concern' that is not confined to financials alone.