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Do wellness programmes really work? 

April is Stress Awareness Month, so many businesses have put the focus on wellbeing. But do such programmes really help tackle burnout and nurture a supportive workplace culture?  Tight deadlines, heavy workloads, long hours, toxic cultures, lack of recognition, insufficient psychological safety, and uncertainties about job security and finances have long been blamed for workplace…

Patricia Cullen

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The friends and family funding phenomenon

When Joseph Cullen had the idea to set up a mineral exploration company, he knew he was going to need money to get the business started. But rather than going to a bank or an investment firm, he opted to go closer to home, borrowing $75,000 from a friend. It’s a move that many entrepreneurs…

Patricia Cullen

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How to preserve tacit knowledge 

Companies are usually reasonably good at preserving knowledge around processes and operations but fare less well when it comes to tacit knowledge. With staff turnover still high and sickness on the up, that’s a problem.  Whenever anyone in a business hands in their notice or is off for an extended period (for example for sickness…

Patricia Cullen

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Bookshelf: Rassie Erasmus – stories of life and rugby

Many business leaders are obsessed with the sporting mindset. Communication, dealing with pressure and crisis management are just some of the lessons we can learn from the best in the world sport. With that in mind, we’ve scoured the much-anticipated autobiography of Rassie Erasmus, the double Rugby World Cup-winning coach of South Africa, for some…

Josh Dornbrack

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The three fates of workers in the age of AI

In this guest article, Hannah Seal, partner at Index Ventures, explores the impact of AI on the workforce. “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness,” Sigmund Freud once wrote. So, what happens to our humanity in an era of AI, which – according to the headlines – threatens to replace millions of jobs…

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What went wrong at The Body Shop – and what can we learn from it?

The story of The Body Shop has never lacked for twists and turns. It was founded by an activist entrepreneur, Anita Roddick, who disliked the cosmetics industry and the business status quo in equal measure. Yet from one shop in a Brighton side street, The Body Shop blossomed into an international company selling ethical products…

Patricia Cullen

Ella Mills on her evolving role as a founder and what she has learned from failure

Rock bottom is a painful term to describe the lowest point in a person’s life. But what can come with rock bottom is the opportunity to change and reinvent. It’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination but with true resilience, many can turn this pivotal time in life into their biggest strength.   Ella…

Josh Dornbrack

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Go:Tech Awards 2024 shortlist revealed

Business Leader has revealed the shortlist for this year’s Go:Tech Awards. The finalists were decided through a rigorous selection process by the awards’ judging panel, which this year included HSBC’s head of technology sector Roland Emmans; Dr Sofie McPherson, patent director at the law firm HGF; Yiannis Maos, founder and CEO of Birmingham Tech; and…

Quantum sensors: A booming market

For many years, quantum sensing was largely a scientific curiosity that few people could grasp. Now, it is primed to become a hotbed of commercialised innovation

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Jake Humphrey

Taking responsibility even when something is not your fault can change your life

When I think back over the past four or five years of our High Performance podcast, there are a handful of lessons that are useful to me on a daily basis. Probably the most important is separating fault from responsibility.  There’s no doubt that for a long time I would say to myself: “Well, that…

Jake Humphrey

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