6 key elements of managing staff [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Jan-2019 02:00:00

A high-performing team is business 'nirvana'. A high-performing team:

  • is one where both the individuals and the team as a whole are performing to their optimum potential
  • is aligned and attuned to your vision for where you want to take the business
  • drives the key tasks and aspects of the business to achieve both its short- and long-term objectives.

In our eBook, Managing staff for high performance, we discussed 6 key elements that you as a business manager, owner or leader need to think about as you go about your day-to-day activities, in order to positively manage staff and help develop them into a high-performing team. We've distilled that information into the following cheat sheet.

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Topics: staff management, staff performance, performance review, business advice, cheat sheet

When should I have my business valued?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 16-Jan-2019 02:00:00

People typically request a valuation of their business in reaction to an event, for example:

  • they’ve decided they want to sell or exit, so they want to know how much the business is worth;
  • they want to restructure the legal entities in the business and need a valuation for tax and/or statutory purposes;
  • there is a relationship breakdown between joint shareholders or spouses and they need to transfer or split the business so one can sell to the other, so they need to know its value;
  • they’re seeking finance and the finance company or bank has requested a valuation of the business.

Those are event-orientated valuation requirements and we certainly offer that service on a regular basis.

However, we also advocate using valuation as a proactive management and investment tool and we’ve been very excited to provide this service to more and more business owners over the past 12 months.

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Topics: Business valuation, budgeting, business management, business advice, Business advisor, valuing a business

14 tips for controlling cash flow [cheat sheet]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Jan-2019 02:00:00

Cash flow is a critical part of the operation of a business.

If your business were a human body then cash flow would be the system of veins and arteries and the blood that runs through them: it's essential for keeping the body/business alive, active and functioning.

This cheat sheet contains 14 of our top tips for managing your cash flow. 

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Topics: Cash flow, Working capital, Running your business, Advice, cheat sheet

How to create an annual business plan

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 09-Jan-2019 02:00:00

You can’t plan for every eventuality, but you can plan to withstand shocks. Having a business plan and following our 3-Step Annual Business Plan Process will help you make your business as robust as possible, should such a shock occur.

Planning is about influencing the things you can influence, while taking account of the things you can’t. The latter are risks or opportunities that may or may never eventuate.

By changing the things you can change, you can position yourself to take advantage of opportunities should they arise, or mitigate risks that might flow.

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Topics: Business Planning, Running your business, Advice, Business advisor, annual business plan, Template

How to sort genuine buyers from tyre kickers when selling a business

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Jan-2019 02:00:00

When selling your business, it’s important that you value the information you have put together on the business and don’t just share it with anyone.

I would advise working with a broker or advisor who is sensitive about how they share your information and who actively uses a prequalification process in dealing with potential purchasers.

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Topics: Selling your business, Advice, selling a business, Business advisor, prequalifying buyers

How to drive success with employee share ownership

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 02-Jan-2019 02:00:00

Share ownership is often considered by private mid-cap and small business firms as a way to have a more meaningful relationship with key members of the team. 

Basically, employee shareholding arrangements involve applying mechanisms to enable key personnel to share in the earnings, performance and direction of your business.

Providing employees with an opportunity to share in your business is seen as a way to motivate their performance and engagement; to help them see their work as more than just a job – it’s an interesting idea.

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Topics: Staff, Employment and recruitment, Advice, Running your business, Business advisor, staff share plans

How to create a brand plan [infographic]

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Dec-2018 02:00:00

When people think about the term ‘brand’ they often think only of a brand’s visual manifestation, i.e. the logo and livery. But a brand is much more than that.

A brand is the sum of all you say and do in relation to your products and services, plus consumers’ personal experiences with these. It is the relationship, or connection, between an organisation and its customers.

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Topics: Brand and marketing, infographic, business advice, brand strategy, business management

Succession war stories: the good, the bad and the average

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 19-Dec-2018 02:00:00

Succession stories from the corporate world

The following business succession examples come from the international corporate world and have been well reported in business advice and human resources articles and blogs.

They provide some valuable lessons on how to – and how not to – plan for succession.

HP – The bad

Over the course of 15 years HP (Hewlett Packard) had seven different CEOs – each horridly replaced with the next.

At its core, the problem was that the incoming CEOs were not adequately educated on the innermost workings that made HP successful. They came in with sweeping changes that contradicted the soul of HP.

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Topics: Succession planning, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness, business management

Do business buyers still pay for goodwill?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Dec-2018 02:00:00

Goodwill is an intangible value associated with a business and is based on the business' potential to provide a future flow of earnings beyond the current owner. 

Stock, plant and equipment, and other fixed assets, are tangible items that can be relatively easily valued on a market. Goodwill is intangible; essentially it is the risk premium around how and what business maintainable earnings (BME) will be delivered into the future if the business is acquired by someone else and run in basically the same way.

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Topics: Business Value, Selling your business, Exiting your business, Business transfer, Due diligence, Advice, goodwill

What are some 'rules of thumb' for valuing businesses?

Posted by James Price | JPAbusiness on 12-Dec-2018 02:00:00

When it comes to valuing businesses – listed or private – you will often hear people refer to ‘rules of thumb’. Some will say the value of a business is:

  • ‘x times its revenue’ or
  • ‘x multiples of its earnings’ or
  • ‘a function of its after-tax profit’ or
  • ‘a function of its gross profit’ and so on.

These ‘rules of thumb’ tend to be industry based i.e. “a business in Industry A is worth ‘x’ times multiple of earnings” while “a business in Industry B is worth ‘x’ times revenue”. (I won’t repeat the actual ‘rules’ I’ve heard – I don’t want to encourage anyone to use them!) 

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Topics: Business valuation, business valuer, Business Value, business advice, Business advisor, JPAbusiness

 
Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is general in nature and should not be taken as personal, professional advice. Readers should make their own inquiries and obtain independent, professional advice before making any decisions, taking any action or relying on any information in this blog. 
 
 

 

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