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5 Ways To Build Influence At Work

5 Ways To Build Influence At Work by Business Consultants Head4Performance

Being able to influence in at work is critical for success. Whatever your role being able to gain influence at a meeting, within a team or as a leader being able to influence has lots of advantages. Learning this skill takes time and effort and there are many ways to cultivate it. Read more ›

Talk About Your Business Future.

Business Consultants Bristol – Talk About Your Business Future

The future is the place where conversations about businesses begin. A place where we form dreams, aspirations, and desires. We can describe the future in many ways; vision, mission, goal, strategic intent.

create-your-futureAs a leader it is important to be able to be able to articulate the future you want for your business, to ensure you can communicate to your team your direction of travel, to keep things on track when it gets tough (and it will from time to time) and to celebrate your successes when you’ve all done brilliantly.

Here are some of the questions you could ask yourself  (and your team) to begin to clarify your FUTURE.

  • Who will we be?
  • What do I want for me? What do I want for the business?
  • What do we want to be great at? How will I know if I am great?
  • Where are the opportunities?
  • Describe what you will be doing. Describe what your team will be doing.
  • What do you care about? What is your passion?
  • What ideas do you have?
  • What inspires you?
  • What makes you feel excited?
  • What will you become?
  • What will you be known for?
  • How will you make your mark on the world?

Why is this important? Because leaders with a strong commitment to a clear vision will bring energy and persistence to the achievement of a future they care about. The impact this energy has on teams can be extraordinary, it can ignite creativity and innovative thinking, engage minds to challenge and deliver, give meaning to work and support decision making and give a reason to give a little extra.

Ensure there is a strong sense of future in your business to create purpose and ambition to drive growth in your business.

If you want to kick start your growth, we can facilitate session to help you uncover the future you want. Give us a call or drop an email to In our business drinking coffee is essential so why not let us buy you one?

5 Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

5 reasons strategic plans fail by H4P

Strategic Planning ConsultantsWe are already into February and your plans will be well underway. But even with the best of intentions and many sessions building and refocusing your strategic plan many businesses will fail on their strategy by the end of the first quarter.

In the recent Chartered Institute Of Management Future Forecast for 2016. Only 18% of businesses in their survey exceeded their business targets in 2015 and 29% of businesses under shot their targets.

So why are the statistics so low? Was their strategy and plans realistic? Did they research the competition? Are businesses missing the mark on implementing and operationalising their plans?

Here are five reasons why strategic plans fail, and what you can do make sure you achieve your strategy and in turn your targets for 2016.


  1. The plan is too complex 

If you find you’re planning more than you’re executing, you’re probably overcomplicating the process. The best strategic plans are often the simplest. The simpler they are the easier it is for people to understand and operationalise.

Operational plans essentially bring your strategic plan to life and map out the where’s, how’s, why’s and when’s required to ensure successful plan implementation. Make you plan as realistic as possible to enable your team to feel empowered and success to happen.


  1. The plan doesn’t answer today’s problems

Planning for the future can be exhilarating, but sometimes the present is the more pressing issue. Encourage your team to document the trouble spots in real-time as they move through their days. Take a long, hard look at the bottlenecks and obstacles that are bogging down your current ways of working. Resolve these problems first and then you can focus on your plan.


  1. The plan is just a financial one

You can have all the numbers in the world but unless you have a framework and projects to deliver the numbers then they will stay on the spreadsheet. Priorities, goals and communication are key to a plans success, not numbers on their own.

  1. The plan hasn’t got clear accountabilities and objectives for each person

Too often, strategic plans are set in motion without the full commitment of everyone involved. Before you implement make sure everyone is on the same place. Your role is to hold everyone to account and make sure objectives are set around the plan for everyone involved in making it happen.

  1. Nobody is talking the plan and what they are doing to deliver it

Once the strategy sessions are complete, how have you been monitoring them? When is your next review booked for an update? Have you decided to do this monthly, quarterly or in 6 months? Have you communicated the plan clearly to your team and do they know what is the part they play in delivering the plan.

If you can tick all of the above then you are probably heading for success. If not spend a bit of time putting them in place and your will hopefully be in the 18% who achieve their targets.

Jo Hale is a Director of Head4Performance Ltd.

Working with businesses who love performing !

Follow Jo on Twitter @Jo_H4P

5 Tips For Making Your Business Entrepreneurial

Crossing the winning line - entrepreneurial business consultants Bristol

Every business starts out with an entrepreneurial spirit. If you are growing quickly or if you are a business that has been growing. Sometimes the entrepreneurial spirit can disappear. The challenge is maintaining it when growing fast or creating the entrepreneurial spirit within a business that has slowed down.

I have been lucky enough to observe and work with some great entrepreneurs. Here are my 5 observations of how they have created or invigorated growth through their teams.

1. Keeping the identity of the business alive and focused.
Giving clarity to the business core values and purpose. Being clear about business goals and engaging the teams so they rally round and generate actions. Being relentless in making sure the business doesn’t forget this, celebrating success along the way and learning from challenges. They focus the team on outcomes first enabling a clear line of sight.

2. Getting your team to be comfortable with ambiguity
Taking risks or as one entrepreneur calls it “allowing experiments to happen.” Not waiting till something is perfect before testing or trying. Creating time and frameworks that enable teams to sharing experiences and learning from experimenting without criticism or challenge.

3. Investing in growing people and recruiting for the future
With rapid growth some of your team might hit the ceiling and need training or coaching to cope with the pace. Some of the team may not fit anymore. Recognising this and addressing this timely means the business performance won’t be slowed. Recruiting with future skills in mind. Recruiting smart people who are team players enables the rest of the team to grow.

4. Making decisions quickly
Allowing the team to make decisions and encouraging ownership. Creating a framework that supports quick decision making. Ensuring that the decision making group doesn’t become too big and that everyone knows their role. Being persistent about preparation before decision is key, getting the information circulated and questions asked and answered enables pace.

5. Know your strengths, play to them and ask for help
Entrepreneurs are really good at knowing their own limits and getting the relevant help they need when they need to take the next steps. They know their own strengths but also their team’s. They focus on strengths and encourage their team to do the same.

How entrepreneurial are you?


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