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Simon Taylor

Simon Taylor
Ascento L5 Management Tutor.

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The 10 biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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Many people dream of owning and running their own business, being their own boss, not being beholden to the whims and fancies of other people or an other organisation generally. Many people never actually take the step and make the dream a reality, whilst others, you just cannot hold back.

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The dark side of emotional intelligence

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor

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So, you will all have heard of Emotional Intelligence (EI). It’s been around a while now, actually since Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book. However, before this, In 1983, Howard Gardner's Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences introduced the idea that traditional types of intelligence, such as IQ, fail to fully explain cognitive ability.

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Strategic planning - Making strategic thinking real

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 6, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor posted in Leadership & Management

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In my last article, I comprehensively worked through the key components of strategic thinking and how it can operate within an organisational context. Of course, strategic thinking goes nowhere without the ability to strategically plan. In other words, put the thinking into action.

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Blended Working can only benefit us all

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Simon Taylor

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Health warning.

This may upset your boss who attempts to micromanage you and only believes in presenteeism.

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Are you aware of how literate your employees are?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2019 12:37:36 PM / by Simon Taylor

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Does the person you work with the closest struggle to understand written forms and other documentation?

They may be ‘Functionally Illiterate’ or operating just above this measure. Just think how they would be able to operate in your company, if they could improve their actual reading age to be fifteen years and above.

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