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9 ways to save your company £1 million

What to do if your culture is compromising your commercial success. Poor company culture costs the UK economy a whopping £23.6 billion a year, according to recent research by Opinium[1]. In 2017, there were around 20,400 businesses employing over 50 people[2] -...

Why scale-ups become screw-ups

When growing a business, it pays to stick to your speed limits. “Speed kills. Kill your speed.” Growing up, I saw many adverts targeting drivers with messages like this. It always struck me as an odd thing to have to spell out. It’s obvious that a few tonnes of metal...

The sure­-fire way for your business to beat Brexit

If you don’t believe that developing your culture is both urgent and important, think again. 2008 was a tough time to be a supplier to the British public sector. The credit crunch (and doesn’t that term now feel quaint) left budgets frozen or cut altogether. As a...

How to spot a culture in decline

If things are feeling desperate, start by avoiding the Killer 'B's. Doing new things is hard. Writing about doing new things, on the other hand… And I am aware of the irony in that statement. Anyway, I recently stumbled across yet another article on managing...

The desirability of dissent

If you want to build a thriving business, get good at disagreement - fast. Back in November, Corporate Punk staged an event with our friends at Wallace LLP. Called Talking The Tightrope, it explored a critical but often under-looked area of business: the art of...

100 lessons from 100 weeks

The occasionally brutal operating system of a business without blueprint. Nearly two years ago, I launched Corporate Punk with a piece of writing entitled 'No Guru, No Method, No Teacher'. It was a signal of intent: my ambition was to build a company that is uniquely...

The failure fallacy

Why ‘embracing failure’ is easy to say, but hard to do. It was a Saturday night, in a cold and damp Leeds train station. I was on my way back to London, having visited friends, when I received two text messages from a colleague. The first: “I’m about halfway through...

Five lessons for HR

Despite its reputation, Human Resources is the management discipline of the future. I once had a business partner who was fond of saying the main thing that all HR Directors have in common is that they aren’t much good with people. It’s a nice line: it speaks directly...

Stop complaining, start creating

Back story Late last year, I was 'on one' to a colleague on the phone. The call was being recorded (we often do this, as we never know when creative inspiration is going to strike). The conversation took place a few days after Trump was elected, and a few months after...