Before sending off your business plan (part 2)

The second part of an article by international business consultant and business author, Constantine Amblianitis on creating the right kind of business plan to appeal to investors. The bottom-line goal of any business plan is to secure funding – your plan will be showing that your idea will be profitable – is your business plan […]

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Before sending off your business plan (part 1)

OK, so you’ve written your 80-page business plan: it’s taken you weeks to complete and you are about to send it off to potential investors. The next thing to do is just to send it out, right? Well, before you dive right in, international business consultant and business author, Constantine Amblianitis has a few words […]

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Qualifications Are Only Paper

After delivering a workshop to a Middle East customer, I was walking back through the lobby, speaking to one of the delegates. The delegate was very well educated (Bachelors and Masters qualifications) and, as we walked and talked, they kindly went to open the door for me. He pushed the door and it wouldn’t open. […]

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Take Control

There are going to be times in our personal and professional lives when we feel like we have lost control – and this sensation has so many negative effects on us. This sense of loss means that we become angry, confused and even bitter – all stemming from a sense of helplessness. The first thing […]

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Take The High Growth Test

I’ve worked with enough innovative companies over the past 10 years to find 9 strong indicators of success. Here’s what they did to succeed – feel free to test your company against them. Many successful high growth companies had disruptive solutions that changed the way their customers did business. They created advantage for market leaders, […]

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Get The Balance Right

If you had sat me down two years ago and told me that I would be part of a business that trains Nigerians in Business and Enterprise, I would have not only been amazed at the radical difference from my life at the time, but I would have seriously wondered about your sanity :). From […]

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Why do we do what we do?

I am a lucky person, when I think about it: I have good health, I have a loving family; I live in a western European country with a commitment to a welfare state; I live in a democracy. The list is quite endless. So when I am asked by people “why do you do what […]

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Looking for the benefit

I love my job. I love how I can work with people and, over time, see them change and grow – to see their outlook on life shift. Knowing that I have a direct impact on that happening is fantastic. One of my key goals in Intensive Fostering is to ensure each child has appropriate […]

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“You have Intrapreneurylococcus”

I used to hear voices inside my head telling me to do things differently than anyone else in my proximity at work. It didn’t go away regardless of what I tried to do. I finally gave in and went to see a “brain doctor”. He told me “You’re fine. You have Intrapreneurylococcus ”. Now, my […]

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Innovation Nation: Britain’s Best Kept Secret

Over many years successive UK Government policies have stuffed the economy full of great inventions. But no matter how much money you throw at them, there simply isn’t enough commercial experience around to make all but a few successful. The UK has more highly innovative companies, per head of population, than any other country. Think […]

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