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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05 March 2017
Why Automation Matters to Your SME

Fiery debates are sprouting all over the globe around how automation is rapidly changing the landscape for business. Like the digital revolution and industrial before it, a rise in automation points to a new way of doing business for everyone. While major corporations shell out waves of cash to test this new industry — with […]

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Why Automation Matters to Your SME
21 February 2017
The 5 Critical Keys to Setting Powerful KPIs

With the end of the first quarter fast approaching, people are working 9, 10, 11-hour days – powering through lunch, typing out reports with one hand while rummaging through a fatoosh salad with the other. Team members have missed birthdays, meals and exercise to try and reach their quarterly goals, and yet, is your business […]

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The 5 Critical Keys to Setting Powerful KPIs
23 August 2016
Business Buyout: Creating Strategic Appeal

Microsoft’s purchase of LinkedIn for a reasonably inflated figure was not a mistake on Microsoft’s part, nor a stroke of luck for LinkedIn. The purchase helped Microsoft to position itself for strategic growth. In fact, from my research and experience with clients, strategic buyouts often have the highest financial value. This is different to when […]

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Business Buyout: Creating Strategic Appeal
02 August 2016
Creating a Systems-Dependant Company

Undoubtedly, the greatest asset a firm can have is good people. Yet, as all business owners know, attracting and retaining good people is hard, expensive and challenging. Not only do you need to pick out the good candidates from the ever-growing pile of CVs, you also need to ensure that they stay with you once […]

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Creating a Systems-Dependant Company
26 July 2016
Are you running your business?
Or is your business running you?

Running a business is not the same as having a business. It’s easy to just be the owner. If you’re running the business, you probably own it too…though it’s getting to the point of running it that’s the hard part. ‘Having a business’ is when your name is on the legal documents and bank forms…but […]

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Are you running your business?
16 March 2016
Does running your business feel like juggling knives?
When you’re not sure if stopping or going on is riskier.

Brian Tracy said something amazing once (paraphrasing): Thank God a day only has 24 hours. If a day were 80 hours long, we’d find a way to fill up 80 hours with things to do. The big issue with many entrepreneurs is that they are doing so much, and the business is so dependant on […]

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Does running your business feel like juggling knives?
17 February 2016
The real cost of inefficiency
Can you afford it?

Businesses typically sell a product or service that the end customer needs/wants. The profitability comes when the business is able to sell for more than what it costs to produce. But what happens when the predictions aren’t right? When the expected timelines are exceeded, when the firefighting of any mistakes made eats up valuable time […]

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The real cost of inefficiency