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You, Me and the Big C

Who was it that said, ‘cancer is a personal issue, not a professional one’? Well, I am going to beg to differ. The harsh reality is that 1 in 2 of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives. That’s you, or me. Scary isn’t it? And significantly, around 750,000 of the 2 million people currently living with cancer are of working age, according to research by Macmillan; so I say that makes it a business issue! The great news is that more people are surviving cancer than… Continue Reading
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A four day week. Really?!!

Crikey. The TUC has called for a shorter, 4 day working week. Did I go to bed last night and wake up in 1974?!! Surely this would be an unmitigated disaster for a small business? But according to the accompanying TUC survey, 4 out of 5 people want to cut their working hours without loss of pay – people are feeling over-worked and taken advantage of. Given the phenomenal advances in technology that are yielding businesses big financial gains, employees are feeling, not surprisingly, a little narked that they aren’t… Continue Reading
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Executive coaching

Successful businesses are led by successful leaders. So if your business is on the up, chances are it’s all down to you! But when busy growing your business it’s very tempting to focus all your time and efforts on the development of your employees, forgetting that the success of the business is directly linked to you; your vision, your drive, your skills and your ambition!! Yes, coaching your teams is vitally important, but YOU are your business’s key person. And chances are that your business is now at a different… Continue Reading
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Coaching for success

Given the myriad examples of successfully coached teams this Summer, I wonder how many of us have taken the very large hint that it may well be very worth investing in some business coaching? You can help your employees improve their current performance, or in the case of an already effective employee, help them become more effective. Performance coaching is a powerful tool when managers take advantage of its usefulness. So come on, get your waistcoats on and be a little bit Gareth Southgate. There is no doubt about it… Continue Reading
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Car Free or Car Share?

Every year on or around 22 September, people from around the world get together in their businesses, streets and neighbourhoods to remind the world that, believe it or not, there are alternatives to the car! As the climate heats up, and with over one billion vehicles on the road around the globe, World Car Free Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet, and put the pressure on city and town planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport. Our very own… Continue Reading
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Improving Performance is as easy as 123

Ok, maybe not! But it doesn’t take a business guru to tell you that if you want your company to thrive, you need to make sure that your staff are firing on all cylinders. Of course though, as is often the case when it comes to the tricky business of managing people, this can be much easier said than done. If you want to achieve big things, you need clear and effective processes in place to help you to get there. Your line managers play a huge role in creating… Continue Reading
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Is the gig up?

Well I can’t say I’m surprised….. and this is something that I have been warning my clients about for sometime! On the 13th June, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling. It determined that a ‘self employed’ plumber, ‘gigging’ full-time for 13 years, as an independent contractor for a London firm (who was then sacked when he had a heart attack), was indeed a “worker” under the 1996 Employment Rights Act (ERA), and the 1998 Working Time Regulations (WTR), and therefore, entitled to bring certain employment law claims against… Continue Reading
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Summer staff shortages – might flexible working policies for your staff be the solution?

The sun is shining and it’s July. Which means that the whole country is poised for their summer holidays, family day outs, festival trips, the World Cup and Wimbledon on the TV ….….lots of marvellous reasons not to be in the office!! Great news for your staff, but probably less than great news for you if you are facing staff shortages in the office or are trying to plan holiday cover over the Summer. I’ve recently blogged about how to tactically plan staffing cover over the Summer, so hopefully you… Continue Reading
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Train like Jo Konta

If you had to bet your hard earned cash on backing me or Jo Konta to win a match at Wimbledon this week, which one would you choose? I’m going out on a limb here, and guessing you plumped for Jo!! After all, setting aside her natural aptitude, significant time and financial investment has been made in her skills training and coaching. Aptitude + Training = Better chance of success Obvious, right? So, given this obvious equation, why don’t more business owners apply this same principle to staff, and better… Continue Reading
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We have a new website privacy policy, read it here

Privacy policy This privacy policy describes how Emma C Browning Limited collects, stores and uses data collected about you from emmacbrowning.com (the Website). Our details Emma C Browning Limited is the data controller for this Website. You can contact the data controller in the following ways: By email to emma@emmacbrowing.com By using our website contact form By telephoning 01280 848415 By post to Unit 3 Bignell Barns, Chesterton, Bicester OX26 1TD   Collection and use of your personal information When you visit our Website, we may collect personal information: Through… Continue Reading
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