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Are your organisation's values working?

Five easy questions to ask to establish if your company values are working

Posted by Sarah Brown on 28 Jun '23 | Tags: values staff engagement

Five reasons you need to read this

I was excited to share what I have learnt just back from holiday. Still, I am saving it for another blog to instead excite you about governance and why it is critical whether you are a business, a charity or even a prime minister. I never thought I would write that sentence, but I hope my five examples from the last fortnight convince you.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 27 Jun '23 | Tags: governance responsible organisation charter

Three reasons to feel good

As Janice Turner wrote in The Times last month, "Lockdown turned us all into disster victims", and three years on, it seems like it has just been one thing after another. So here are three reasons to be cheerful:

Posted by Sarah Brown on 26 May '23 | Tags: inspiration changing lives business planning

Are you asking the right questions to get you the best results?

I was reading a good article in the Times yesterday about illegal immigrants. It made me think about how you can fail because the wrong people are asking the wrong questions. It suggested that immigration shouldn't be handled by the Home Office, who generally are about law and order and stopping things.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 25 Apr '23 | Tags: growth staff engagement strategy

Three ways to encourage people to buy from you or donate if you are a charity

In this final blog in the series about thriving in challenging times, I want to consider how you attract your share of the limited money people have available.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 29 Mar '23 | Tags: changing lives success

Thinking outside the box - Recession: threat or opportunity

In this third blog about thriving in challenging times, whatever type of organisation you are, I want to think about what is the key to success in any organisation. Whether you are a one-woman band or a global corporation, a charity, social enterprise or business, the people involved are critical.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 21 Feb '23 | Tags: charity success public sector socent business

Unusual partnerships - a great example of collaboration

If you have ever watched one of those survival programmes, you can see that it can be tough to catch fish. So as with any problem, it is helpful to consider if working together would improve results.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 31 Jan '23 | Tags: collaboration

Recession: threat or opportunity .. plan for success

As promised, I am following up on my blog Recession: Threat or Opportunity. My focus this time is uncertainty and planning to be successful.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 29 Dec '22 | Tags: business planning goal setting

When you grow up do you want to be a business, a social enterprise or a charity?

What is the difference between a business that wants to change the world, a charity that wants to change the world and a social enterprise and who decides which is which? Easy in terms of the legal charity status - after that it gets complex.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 08 Dec '22 | Tags: entrepreneur social enterprise public sector charity cic

Recession: threat or opportunity

Like me, you may get to the stage where you avoid the news because it always seems terrible. As the saying goes, "we're going to hell in a handcart!". But are we?

Posted by Sarah Brown on 28 Nov '22 | Tags: business planning

An idea to help smaller charities

Charities rely on grants or people's donations. Since the first Charity Act in 1604, charities have been regulated to ensure people can trust they are using the money wisely and as intended. Complying with the law and the charity governance code and doing good work is challenging for small charities run totally by volunteers.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 26 Oct '22 | Tags: charity governance code charity

Use your values to show you are different

Generally, people feel more comfortable dealing with people and organisations that share our view of the world, share our values; we can relax because we have common ground.

Posted by Sarah Brown on 20 Oct '22 | Tags: values niche

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