The Top 5 Ways to See Beyond a Résumé

If you want to know whether a potential employee is a good fit for your business, look past their career history and focus on these things instead. March 25, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A business owner friend of mine recently complained to me after an afternoon of plowing through dozens of applicant CVs: “It’s like looking at 100 franchise restaurant menus — the food is the same; they’ve just described it slightly differently.”  But if you really want the best person for the job, here are the five things you should do. 1. Check their social media activity (but not for the reasons you think). Sure, most people check this anyway, usually to just get a gist of the candidate, or even to see what they look like. But what are you really looking for? At the dawn of Facebook, the common wisdom was to […]

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Ditching a Desk Transformed My Business. Here’s How It Could Do the Same for Yours.

Office space is nothing more than a burden if you don’t use it. February 10, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I tell people I haven’t had a desk for 20 years, they usually respond with thinly veiled skepticism. They smile and nod politely, clearly assuming I’m exaggerating to make a point about my hectic lifestyle. But I genuinely haven’t. Occasionally someone will call me: “Really?” they ask. “How does that work?” I do use a desk, but in all honesty I don’t have one at our London office, and I haven’t had one since we started out. Remote working, hot-desking, fluid office shares and digital hangouts are all changing the shape of work in the 21st century. I didn’t preempt any of these trends, but I did find a way of working that was best for me and my business, and I’m not surprised it’s […]

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Why a Digital Detox Didn’t Work for Me

I’ve taken steps to reduce my urgency addiction and cut down the time I spend online, but digital communication is a necessity for my work. September 12, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I can be a little obsessive about staying in contact with people electronically. My company uses Slack as a communication and data-sharing tool, and I’m certainly guilty of just “having a look” in a spare five seconds to see what’s happening and what others are working on. On the one hand, it does allow me to keep on top of things; on the other, I do understand – reluctantly but genuinely – that it can put colleagues on edge slightly. My obsession resulted in a radical overhaul where I turned notifications off, and it changed my life. There’s been a lot of discussion in the media about our over-reliance on electronic […]

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Strictly Business? Making Ethical Decisions in a Commercial World.

Every entrepreneur, sooner or later, will be faced with the crucial question: What should I do? August 9, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. We can all come up with examples of of self-evidently bad business decisions: Findus having to admit back in 2013 that substantial numbers of its ready-made meals contained horse meat, or earlier this year, when Standard Chartered was ordered to pay out $1.1 billion after breaking sanctions against Iran and other nations. These were not just mistakes. Somewhere along the line, someone in a position of authority charted a course that they knew to be ethically incorrect but commercially profitable, presumably in the hope that they wouldn’t be found out. And they were. Faced with a choice between goodliness and mammon, they chose mammon, and it didn’t work out. But there’s a much tougher set of decisions to be made for entrepreneurs who […]

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Advice for American Entrepreneurs Looking to Do Business in Britain

The bromance between the U.S. and Britain is long-standing, and long may it continue. July 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In my last article, about my experiences as a British businessman operating in the U.S., I promised to return the favor and offer a few words of advice for American colleagues wanting to do business over in the U.K. I enjoy my transatlantic trips and having a foot in both camps — it’s genuinely one of the parts of the job I enjoy the most — but it does give me an awareness that, as the old saying goes, we are at times “two nations divided by a common language.” I’d add culture, style and personality.  This would have been equally true 50 years ago, but the details would have been totally different. Britain would have had a stuffy, class-bound, hierarchical and distinctly amateurish […]

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Your Distractions Are Killing You — and Your Bottom Line

These three simple tricks will transform the way you work. December 6, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I love mornings. I’m one of those people who starts the day at 4 a.m. I’ve been running my business, Right Angles, for 20 years and I’d still found that, while brimming with enthusiasm before most people have even got out of bed, I was on the train home at the end of the day thinking, “What just happened?” Related: 10 Simple Things Successful People Do Every Morning (Infographic) The detailed bullet points on my to-do list, scribbled while full of hope and optimism, still sat there. It left me baffled. I’d been busy all day, too busy even to take a phone call from my wife after lunch as I rushed into a client meeting. As I mentally retraced my steps, I had been busy all […]

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