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Norman Wisdom could solve Europe’s problems, allegedly

Europe is in a mess. It’s not just Greece that’s up to the hilt in debt. With the exception of Germany and (probably) France, every one of the Eurozone countries is – or is shortly to be – in some sort of financial trouble. Indeed, the people of Germany are now wondering why they have [...]

By | August 9th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Good news for everyone except those in HR

Nearer to home – at least for Bob Little Press & PR - chartered accountants and business advisers firm Rayner Essex recently conducted a business survey in conjunction with the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry.   The survey, which looked at economic trends, business confidence and the business environment in Hertfordshire and is available [...]

By | August 9th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Mind your language (part two)

Research by Bob Little Press & PR into the potential pitfalls in learning English as a foreign language has revealed the 11 English words which cause the most confusion to non-native students of the English language – particularly in a business context.   When using any language, it’s vitally important to know what the words [...]

By | July 20th, 2011|Categories: Business, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Mind your language (part one)

Having a client which uses learning technologies to teach English (goFLUENT) has prompted Bob Little Press & PR to do some research into language learning. Among other things (which may well be revealed later), the research has revealed the ten most common grammatical mistakes made by those learning English as a foreign language. They are: [...]

A CEO by any other name…

Hard on the heels of Lucy Kellaway’s research into CEO traits (see ‘Handed success on a trait’ below) comes some research from LinkedIn which appears to reveal that chief executives tend to have ‘boring’ first names.   When it comes to the top job, being called Ed is fine but if your name is Tarquin [...]

By | July 5th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Handed success on a trait

According to Lucy Kellaway, a Financial Times journalist who has confessed to studying the traits of CEOs for the past 15 years, the seven most common ‘deadly sins’ of CEOs are: Being a control freak Being vain Being a ditherer Not listening Being a bully Being afraid of conflict Not being able to ‘do’ small [...]

By | July 1st, 2011|Categories: Business, Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

Success Factors share slide begins to Plateau, maybe

Wall Street analysts have been ‘talking up’ HR software firm SuccessFactors Inc., citing ‘confusion’ that may have led to a sharp 22 per cent decline in its shares over the past three months. During this period, Success Factors has acquired software provider Plateau Systems.   Canaccord Genuity analyst Richard Davis has upgraded his rating on [...]

Conflicting signals in e-learning

According to a report by virtual learning worlds and serious games’ specialists Ambient, there is a general slow down in spend on self-paced e-learning due to three market factors: The commoditisation of platforms and tools, which reduces market price Pricing pressures in the corporate e-learning sector caused by the slow economic recovery The growing tendency [...]

By | June 21st, 2011|Categories: Business, Learning Technologies|Tags: , , |0 Comments

ISMM encourages compliance training relating to the new Bribery Act

On 1st July 2011 the UK Bribery Act comes into effect – creating a new raft of criminal offences. Under the new act, corporate failure to prevent bribery on the part of any employee - including third party agents - will be punishable by significant fines and, potentially, jail sentences for directors and others.   [...]

By | June 20th, 2011|Categories: Business, Public Relations, Marketing and Sales|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Twenty tips for business success

The current challenging economic climate is persuading many people who feel that don’t have many prospects of getting a (new) job, to start up their own businesses. Here are some tips for wannabe successful business start-ups. They have been volunteered by a number of highly successful businesspeople, from a variety of industries, who are based [...]

By | June 8th, 2011|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , |0 Comments