Strategic alliances

Arrows
By setting up an well-thought-out system, you can attract and convert leads on an ongoing basis. Hannah du Plessis shows you how you can use your web site to do this.

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On a recent trip to the Dolphin Research Centre, Eileen McDargh discovered there's a lot that leaders can learn from these intelligent, sociable animals.

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Culture doesn't mean you have to go to the opera or ballet. Rather we're talking about the shared values, etc., that make your business tick. Even a company is a "person". Some assume a business is an inert thing - but in fact a business has a personality. Too often it's a bit shambolic - but bringing consistency to it can bring real benefits - including dollars.

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Every small business needs to deal with the “human factor” – after all, we inhabit the planet with our fellow homo sapiens. And while it’s rewarding, managing those relationships is all part of the challenge of running a business. Whether it’s learning to network effectively, engaging in contracts to secure business relationships, or letting off steam with a pet, catering for the human factor should be part of your business week. In this week’s guaranteed-under-two-minute-read, we’ve got tips and tools to help.

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Global network
If your business is looking to connect with other businesses, industry professionals and potential employees. it's time to take a closer look at LinkedIn.With over 100 million members worldwide, LinkedIn is the largest online networking tool devoted to professional connections - letting you network with new and existing colleagues, collaborators, prospects and customers. No longer do you need to own a set of golf clubs to assist in networking!

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Balance
It's important to get the details of a deal tied up in a legal agreement - but if that's going to be a deal-killer before you've even nutted out the finer points, Michael Smyth has a solution.

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