Why companies are preparing to do battle in a new war for talent

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It is nearly 15 years since the management consultancy McKinsey & Co coined the phrase “the war for talent” and unleashed a whole new concept in business. Until 1997, it is not too far-fetched to say, “talent” was something confined to the stage or the screen or perhaps the sports field. Now, talk of talent [...]

Will crowdfunding help create more ambitious companies?

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Entrepreneurial networks have been buzzing about crowdfunding. In many instances, this has been going on for some time, certainly since the growth of this alternative approach to business funding first became noticeable in the latter years of the last decade. However, there is a sense that crowdfunding might now be approaching a game-changing point, where [...]

Why companies of the future will encourage employees to stay away from work

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Many would question whether the world needs another week dedicated to raising awareness of an issue. After all, the year must already be close to full up with weeks dealing with everything from various forms of cancer to sausages and a whole lot in between. But like it or not, in the UK February 2012 [...]

10 reasons why brand owners are becoming the new venture capitalists

As new business funding becomes an increasingly vexed issue on a global scale, there are signs that brand owners might prove to be an unlikely new source of capital for startups. Stepping into the funding vacuum that surrounds new venture ecospheres a number of global brands are not only financing early-stage companies but even going a [...]

New ideas about overseas aid may offer lessons for Eurozone debt.

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It is a brave person who dares to question the appropriateness of developed countries donating billions of dollars a year to nations deemed to be poor. Hence the fact that Britain’s Coalition Government, while imposing “austerity policies” at home, has protected the country’s aid budget in a move that will see it rise to £11.5bn [...]

30 companies join forces to search out the future of work

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There is no shortage of pundits prepared to have a pop at telling us what the world will look like in five, 10 or 15 years’ time. But, while many make one-off predictions, Lynda Gratton is one who sees predicting the future as a more continuous process. As the subtitle of her latest book, “The [...]

3 Reasons why business without confidence could be permanently here to stay.

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There appears to have been a significant shift in the relevance of business confidence as an indicator of company behaviour, which could have big implications for the way economies respond to the current economic downturn. Evidence from a number of recent business trackers suggests that the disparity between how companies feel about the future and the [...]

Is the net promoter question the one most companies need to answer?

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All companies claim to be dedicated to customer service. Many even state this aim in their mission statements, slogans or advertising. But few actually come anywhere near achieving it. For most of us, the “wow” experiences are far, far outweighed by the memories of seemingly endless queues while those supposedly serving us get on with [...]

Smart meters offer companies 3 new lessons in competitive advantage

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To most people, it appears, smart technology is confined to those mobile phones and other portable electronic devices that are increasingly capable of doing a lot more than just making and receiving phone calls. Sure, smartphones are a key component in the technological revolution, but just as important – from a business point of view [...]

The top 10 trends shaping the media landscape of the next 5 years.

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It is scarcely conceivable that only 50 years ago we were embracing the biggest and most explosive phase of passive media consumption ever, with the launch of commercial television. In the next five years the idea of media ever being passive will seem rather bizarre, such is the rate of transformation of channel and content [...]

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