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What We Can Learn From Dragons’ Den

Well last night we had another varied range of pitches, including one for £2.5m investment to develop an environmentally friendly car. As always, there were a bundle of learning points. Here are my key learning points for this week. Be careful about what you plug The first person we saw who was looking for investment […]

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Even More Lessons From Dragons’ Den

Well another week in the Den and just one investment made this week.  So what were some of the key lessons from this week? Make it worthwhile If you are going to get investment you need to make it attractive to the investor.  Make sure the stake you are offering ties up with sum you […]

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Leadership Success: 10 Lessons from The Apprentice 2009

Series 5 of The Apprentice in the UK finished a few months ago.  Over the 12 weeks that the show ran, there were a number of important lessons for leaders, aspiring leaders and managers.  So what are the top 10 lessons from The Apprentice 2009? Lesson 1: Team working really does matter Even though the candidates […]

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Learning From Dragons’ Den

Well we saw a range of different pitches in the Den last night from shoes to cleaning materials to an online recipe community.  As always, there was a lot of learning points. Nerves Nerves can either get in the way or drive us on.  The first lady who secured investment was nervous but she held […]

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Learning From Dragons’ Den

Well it was week 4 of the current series of Dragons’ Den and, as always there was a wide range of pitches for investment. A common theme last night was that a lot of the businesses seeking investment were passionate about their product and service.  Yet at the end of the day, passion alone does […]

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More Lessons From Dragons’ Den

Well it was week 3 of the 2009 series of Dragons’ Den and as always there was the usual range of diverse ideas.  So what can we learn from this week’s pitches? When it comes to seeking finance from an investor you need to be able to demonstrate that there is a sufficiently large market […]

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4 Business Lessons from Dragons’ Den

Last night on Dragons’ Den we saw a range of quite diverse pitches from businesses seeking investment.  So what were the key business lessons from week 2 of the 2009 series? Lesson 1: Make sure you provide all the vital information The revelation of the market size by the company that was seeking investment for their […]

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Leadership and Management Cafe

On 10 June 2009, I held my first ever Leadership and Management Cafe. The event was delivered by phone and webcast using Instant Teleseminar. The basic idea behind the cafe is that you submit a question related to either leadership, management or team working and I answer it on the call.  In the first cafe […]

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How To Create A Great Business Case

As a manager or leader in an organisation, chances are that you will find yourself in the position sooner or later when you are asked to produce a business case.  It might be for example to: • Secure investment for a new piece of equipment • Get support for an increase in your staffing establishment • Get support […]

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Leadership Myths: People Are Born Leaders

How often have you heard people say that some people are just born leaders?  While some people might have some attributes that can help them to more easily make the transition to leadership, truth is leadership skills can be developed. There are a number of ways of doing this: Going on a course Getting a […]

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