14. August 2012 15:41
Stephen Covey, who died on 16th July, was one of the most successful management gurus. His book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” sold more than 20million copies.
The seven habits are:
Begin with the end in mind
Put first things first (oddly this is third on his list !)
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
Synergise – learn to work with others to the benefit of all parties.
“Sharpen the Saw” – keep physically, mentally and spiritually refreshed through such things as exercise, reading, prayer and good works.
To apply his principles, he encouraged people to divide their tasks into four categories: urgent and important; non-urgent and unimportant; urgent and unimportant and non-urgent and important.
Then he told them to prioritise the “non-urgent and important” category to minimise the items in “urgent and important”.
JFP helps companies become more effective - and if you need help phone us on 01344 872 230.
14. August 2012 15:38
According to research conducted by accountants Moore and Smalley, around 42 per cent of those running a business have never used the services of a mentor or coach. It’s surprising, considering that real, hands-on experience of successfully running a business can add so much value.
Eric Schmidt as CEO of Google was asked what the best business advice he ever received – his reply was “Get a Coach”.So why not try JFP Strategic Planning Business to bounce ideas off, point you in the right direction, help you focus on important issues and provide support and motivation.
Phone JFP on 01344 872230 for more details.
25. July 2012 11:24
One of our clients asked us this week – “what is an entrepreneur ?”.
The following was our reply:
The Oxford Dictionary's definition of an entrepreneur is a person who sets up a business, taking on financial risks, in the hope of profits.
But Entrepreneurs come in many forms and what motivates them maybe:
1. The Money - to accumulate wealth.
2. To Build Something - this can generate employment and can be a great benefit to the local community.
3. No choice - where people are unable to get a job and resort to self-employment to provide for their families.
4. By Accident - examples are inventors, scientists, academics who set up a business to prove their ideas are correct.
5. By Tradition - e.g. those who inherit a family business.
6. The Challenge - some are driven to take on difficult tasks because an easy life is not for them.
7. Power - those who enjoy controlling their own destiny - and everyone else's !
8. Ego - some have to be the boss to satisfy their ego.
You may think of other categories.
2. July 2012 13:16
The British Library has an excellent Business Section and for business owners, it is well worth a visit. It is located at 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.
What you find there includes:
· Subscription databases (available for free) giving current business and industry information.
· Online intellectual property databases.
· Market research reports.
· Journals for company news, competitor information and industry trends.
· Industry Guides.
· E-learning courses.
· Workshops and Events
However, for business owners there are other ways of filling the business knowledge gap – and one of the best is to contact JFP Strategic Planning , whose three partners have over 90 years of business experience and knowledge. JFP’s telephone number is 01344 872230.
28. April 2012 16:08
RockYou.com is a social –gaming website – and recently hackers stole 32 million passwords and usernames and posted them on the Web. Imperva, a security firm made an analysis and found that 365,000 people had used either “123456” or “password”, whilst most common choices were just words in the dictionary.
Hackers these days commonly use automated attacks, which will very quickly find names listed in dictionaries or commonly used phrases. There are various scanners and devices that can be purchased which help - but they can be expensive – but often the best defence is to choose more secure passwords.
One way is to turn a sentence, which is not commonly used, into a password – for example “Too much food and wine will make you sick” becomes “2mf&wwmUs”.
The trick – and it is not always easy - is to find a password, which is not a well known word or phrase, which is easy to remember but hard to guess,
So the questions for you are:
a) “Do you need to change any or all of your passwords?”
b) Would it be prudent to review the risks that could have a significant detrimental affect on your business ? If so please contact JFP on 01344 872230.
16. March 2012 14:53
Testimonial from a London based printer about our Strategic Planning service and then after implementation with JFP [More]
20. December 2011 13:42
Team up with David Venus & Company and JFP Strategic Planning at The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, Belgravia London, SW1X 7DR for a breakfast forum on Wednesday 25th January 2012 8.00am – 10.30am. [More]