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Red flags quiz - how do you know when it's time to get help?

Recently I've been out and about attending seminars, meeting businesses and talking with other professional advisers about trends in the market.

One of the overriding themes that has really struck me is the number of SME owners that have struggled to overcome their internal barriers to accessing help and progressing their business.

Issues range from the classic "I saw the signs, but I just didn't want them to be true" along to "I had no idea things were going wrong, it was just outside my expertise so how could I have known?"

It got me thinking that it really is incumbent on professional advisers to help SMEs spot the signs but that also every business is different, so owners need guidance and principles, not rules to live by...

So take our quick quiz below and see how healthy your red flags are!

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Diversity and other buzz-words - a small business guide

*content warning - this article contains gross generalisations throughout!*

This weekend our fair capital city will host the Pride in London parade - and it got me thinking about 'diversity' and why it's so important for smaller enterprises in particular not to overlook this important aspect of doing business.

A common theme from pride parades all over the country is that often smaller businesses don't participate. They simply don't have the critical mass of a large corporate - they often don't have employee groups (such as LGBT, gender equality, ethnic minority, disability), and they can sometimes be, dare I say it, not very diverse.

But that doesn't mean as a small enterprise you shouldn't feel the need to embrace the concept. Indeed you only have to look as far as McKinsey's research to see that 'diverse' companies significantly outperform their non-diverse counterparts. So if diversity isn't on your agenda, then perhaps surviving the next generation isn't either...

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Is governance a dirty word?

Having recently been involved in a project to change a governance model, as well as the fortune to attend a seminar hosted by OutStanding on unlocking board potential, I was interested to discover that governance is regularly perceived as being ‘bad’ or ineffective. It struck me that whether it’s a management/leadership team, a transformation programme, or a corporate board, in times of increased risk there can be a temptation to turn to governance as some sort of silver bullet to address a multitude of corporate sins.

For me, there is enormous danger that it isn’t just this old fashioned way of thinking, but a more fundamental and misguided understanding of both why things are the way they are, and how we might get things to be the way we want them to be.

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5 things future LGBT leaders can do to ensure success

This weekend I attended the EurOUT 2016 conference in London. The event, organised by the Out in Business club at London Business School, is designed for graduate students, MBAs, PhDs and alumni from top business schools around the world – and has seen exponential growth over the past few years.

I approached the conference expecting to learn about aspects of my personal development that would help me ‘rise to the top’ but as I listened to the panels and distinguished speakers I was struck by how much work there is still to do to change the environment for inclusion in the workplace, and I came away with a much more personal sense of responsibility towards the part I have to play in that.

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