4 Key Reasons Why Strategy Can Fail

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Why do strategies fall apart? What makes them go wrong? What can you do to avoid them? Here are 4 key reasons why strategy can fail:

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Tips on Recruiting Your First Sales Team

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Congratulations, you’ve worked like a Trojan, and built your business to the point where you’re ready to employ your first sales person.  One of the biggest causes of new business failure is not poor products or services, but poor sales, so this is an important decision. Here are some tips for recruiting your first sales team:

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Tips for Startups For How to Bootstrap

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Bootstrap financing can be one of the best and most inexpensive routes an entrepreneur can explore when raising capital or indeed reducing expenses. In effect it's internal funding and utilizes unused opportunities that can be found within your own company by simply managing your finances better. Here are tips for startups for how to bootstrap:

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Free Online Training: Overcoming Your Own Unconscious Biases

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Part of understanding the role of unconscious bias in the workplace is admitting to yourself that you have biases too. Once you've accepted it, you can take steps to overcome those biases and embrace workplace diversity. We have a free online training course called Overcoming Your Own Unconscious Biases available for Business Achievers members.

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How to Get Early Adopters and First Buyers on Board

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Trust in a new product or technology has to be earned by the seller. Buyers will be fearful, uncertain and doubtful about buying something entirely new to them. Some categories of buyers, however, will be more willing to try a purchase. These are the early adopters and innovators. Here's how to get the early adopters and first buyers on board:

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Understanding The Effects of Rapid Growth In Business

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If your business is growing rapidly, then managing cash flow is as critical as managing sales and expenses. Here are some tips for understanding the effects of rapid growth in business:

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Business Achievers: Neil Dowling and EventEase

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This month's Business Achiever is Neil Dowling, Managing Director of EventEase. We asked Neil to tell us a little bit about his event solutions business and asked her about her business journey to date. Read on to find out more in Business Achievers: Neil Dowling and EventEase:

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Tips for Managing and Communicating Employee Benefits

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Not all companies are in a position to implement complex reward schemes to keep employees motivated thus ensuring performance goals are met. However, it is important to make sure employees clearly understand their entire benefits package and are fully aware of everything that is on offer to them, from flexible working arrangements to holiday entitlements above the statutory minimum. Here are tips for managing and communicating employee benefits:

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Free Investment Teaser Sample Pitch

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Are you looking for sample pitches for investors? We've got a free investment teaser sample pitch that you can use as a template:

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Free Online Training: Macros and Advanced Queries in Excel 2016

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Would you like to speed up your data processing on Excel? Have you ever used macros? Then this might be of interest: we have a free online training course called Macros and Advanced Queries in Excel 2016 available for Business Achievers members.

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The 8 Things You Should Know Before Selecting A Marketing Consultant

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I have been asked many times from clients about their past contact with marketing companies and how broad it seems to be when dealing with their marketing plans. Often people find it difficult when it comes to choosing marketing companies to know what is right for them. To make it easier I have come up with The 8 Things You Should Know Before Selecting A Marketing Consultant:

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Irish Exporters Supply Chain Seminar Series Continues in Cork

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The third large Seminar in a series of 8 Supply Chain Seminars and Roundtables for Irish exporters is taking place on September 28th in Cork. We asked the organisers, the Irish Exporters Association, to tell us a bit more about this business event.

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5 Key Steps for Acquisition

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Have you been thinking of acquiring another company? There are a few steps you can take to help you prepare for an acquisition. Here are 5 key steps for acquisition:

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Workplace Relationships and Employing Family Members

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Given the amount of time we all spend in the workplace it's only inevitable that workplace relationships develop over time. Or it may be the case that a business owner decides to employ a family member and this could potentially cause resentment. Here's what you need to know about workplace relationships and employing family members.

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Skills & Opportunities Fund Award Winner: Innovate Dublin and Their Youth Academy

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The last round of the Ulster Bank Skills & Opportunities Fund 2018 is now calling for applications before Friday 21st September. We caught up with Annabelle Conway, Social Innovation Manager, Innovate Dublin, a past winner to find out what the award and funding has meant for their organisation:

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What Can Angel Investors Do For Your Business?

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Angel investors are individual investors that look for companies that exhibit high-growth prospects, have a synergy with their own business or compete in an industry in which they have succeeded. So what exactly can angel investors do for your business?

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Call For Applicants For Next ACORNS Programme

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The call is out for applicants for the next ACORNS programme, we asked Paula Fitzsimmons, Director, ACORNS to tell us all about it:

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Free Online Training: Navigating Your Own Emotions

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Wondering about emotional intelligence for you and how to apply it to your business? Interested in the science of emotions in the workplace? We have a free online training course called Navigating Your Own Emotions available for Business Achievers members.

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Startup Series: A Guide to Advertising Your Business

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You need to look at your advertising in the same way that you look at other areas of your business - that is, set clear objectives and goals. Continuing our Startup Series, here's a guide to advertising your business:

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Business Podcast: The Innovation Show

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As a former Irish international and professional rugby player of over 10 years with over 100 caps for Leinster, Toulouse and London Irish, Aidan McCullen now applies his discipline to the world of digital disruption and strategic innovation. Aidan created “The Innovation Show” podcast in recognition of the need for a show that covers innovation topics in depth. We caught up with Aidan to ask him about the podcast. 

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