19 February 2018
How to create a culture of accountability – Part One

‘Accountability’ is a big, heavy word. It means a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s used as a measure of proactivity, productivity and manageability. It’s probably safe to say that every company that has a culture of accountability will continue performing and/or improving, even in challenging times. Conversely, stagnation, finger-pointing and under-performance […]

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How to create a culture of accountability – Part One
08 February 2018
Book Review: Grit by Angela Duckworth

When I read, I dog-ear pages that I want to revisit later. These could be quotes, ideas or experiments, and make up the key ideas that I want to retain. I started Grit by Angela Duckworth about two weeks ago, and this is one of those books where you want to keep going through the […]

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Book Review: Grit by Angela Duckworth
05 February 2018
Why Challenging Times are Good for Business
The Up-Sides of Down-Sides

There’s no avoiding challenging times. When they come, and you feel terrible, self-help books are full of positive thoughts you can repeat to yourself to get through them. While beneficial, tough times still suck. To cheer you up, here are three lesser-mentioned (and great!) outcomes of downturns: They help get rid of your bad competitors: […]

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Why Challenging Times are Good for Business
21 January 2018
A Better Investment Than Bitcoin

Even if you were living under a very large rock, you couldn’t have avoided the crypto currency hype, particularly around Bitcoin. From enthusiastic ‘experts’ to grim naysayers, it was perhaps the most hotly debated and discussed topic towards the end of last year (maybe just behind the US election!). Over 100,000 people were joining Bitcoin […]

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A Better Investment Than Bitcoin
07 December 2017
5 Ways for Business Owners to End the Year on a Positive Note

As the end of the year approaches, many start to feel the impact of end of year fatigue. During the last few weeks of 2017, end on a positive note and start laying the foundation for a successful new year. Many businesses either find that either things start to quieten down, or the other extreme […]

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5 Ways for Business Owners to End the Year on a Positive Note
08 November 2017
Three Areas to Focus on for Business Results in 2018

Here’s the bad news: there’s about 53 days (or just under 8 weeks) left to the end of the year. Remove the last week of December, and there’s less than 7 weeks to go. Given also that most people mentally shut down earlier than Christmas, we have about 6 weeks of productivity left for 2017. […]

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Three Areas to Focus on for Business Results in 2018
03 October 2017
Creative Zone Workshop: Scaling up your SME in Dubai

On Tuesday 26th September, Murtaza Manji (Director and Business Coach) presented an interactive workshop at Creative Zone’s monthly SME Event. In this interactive workshop, Murtaza shared his extensive knowledge about Scaling up your SME. Many entrepreneurs start their ventures with grand visions in mind: doubling or tripling in size, multiple branches, huge successes. What they […]

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25 September 2017
Business Planning for SMEs – Is it worth it?

“To Plan Or Not To Plan?” I often get asked. Logically, there’s nothing to debate. Planning is essential, all the business heavyweights have said it, all the fancy MBA courses insist on it, and management consultants swear by it. Why is it, then, that most business owners are guilty of not regularly planning their growth […]

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Business Planning for SMEs – Is it worth it?
27 July 2017
The Most Common Reasons Businesses Lose Sales at Exhibitions

Dubai is the home of exhibitions and events in the region. Every year, there are hundreds of opportunities – big and small – for businesses of all sizes and ages to promote themselves to the local and international market. The exhibition season starts around September, and goes on till May, with a few events through […]

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The Most Common Reasons Businesses Lose Sales at Exhibitions
25 July 2017
How to Create Your Personal Infrastructure
Are you a solid investment?

Infrastructure: noun 1. the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise. Living in the amazing city of Dubai, we can almost be forgiven for taking the brilliant infrastructure around us for granted. Assume, for a minute, if Sheikh Zayed Road was […]

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How to Create Your Personal Infrastructure