LEADERSHIP AND THE BUSINESS OF GROWTH

I am now past 50 years old, and many of my friends and associates who have become successful in their careers or business, are now groaning and complaining that it is becoming harder to sustain business growth. Here are some of my observations: Competition is keener The main complaints appear to be: “There is more […]

7 TOP REASONS WHY NETWORKING IS IMPORTANT FOR SMES

Being an SME owner can be lonely or even panic-inducing at times. However, networking and collaborating with others can help you to maintain a positive mindset. Reaching out to fellow SME owners can be especially helpful during periods when you feel isolated while building your business. Anyone who has ever experienced a team-building exercise should […]

5 CYBERSECURITY PRACTICES THAT ALL SME OWNERS SHOULD KNOW IN 2019

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As an IT consultant who has been in the industry for the past ten years, I’ve observed that many small businesses pay little attention to cybersecurity. They often think that larger corporations are more at risk of cyber-attacks than SMEs, but this is unfortunately not true. While larger MNCs may have a bigger budget and dedicated […]

4 PROVEN STEPS THAT HELPED ME OVERCOME A PANIC MODE AT WORK

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I was in panic mode. I had deadlines to meet, my colleagues were not being helpful and both my bosses and clients were on my case. My brain was running like Usain Bolt, but no solutions were forthcoming. I was stuck in this mode until a helpful colleague took me aside and talked me through […]

WHEN WILL THE SINGAPORE BUDGET STOP MAKING US FEEL “MEH”?

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“MEH” – this is my response to the recent Singapore Budget 2019. Here are three reasons why it failed to impress me (or evoked much emotion at all). 1. Confuse and… conquer? In the Singapore Budget speech, our finance minister highlighted the need to build “Deep Enterprise Capabilities”. Sounds great? I was still uncertain about […]

THE ONE SKILL THAT SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE IN COMMON

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As a litigator and accredited mediator in the SME space for over 25 years, I’ve witnessed what truly differentiates a successful leader from one that is destined to fail is the “art of negotiation”. Why is negotiation important? The ability to negotiate should be a central skill, but it seems to be lost on most small […]

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