How to have (the right) impact in a new leadership role

As Elon Musk takes the helm at Twitter in the much publicised on/off/on again deal, it made me think about what a leader taking on a new role needs to do to make their mark.


Top tips for managing a myriad of challenges

Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of senior people in SMEs asking for mentoring support and advice relating to dealing with new challenges to their business. They specifically ask for help in overcoming what could be…


Why good leadership is like jet fuel for your business

Watching the magnitude of the events at the weekend, left me reflecting on the exceptional quality of leadership and high levels of organisation that enabled such a complex programme to be arranged and delivered over such short a timescale.


What next, now the holiday period is over?

The holiday period is over, in more ways than one. While we’ve had an unrelenting narrative in the media on the cost of living crisis for some time, now it’s now starting to bite. And not just for individuals, but for many SMEs, too, in terms of…


Pre and post activation marketing checklists you shouldn’t ignore

Changes in the way we work as a result of the pandemic mean that more companies today can, or want to, only contact their customers online. This has made digital marketing a more powerful tool than ever before...


What is effective leadership?

The world today is increasingly uncertain, which ramps up the pressure to succeed and the pace at which you're expected to react. This makes effective business leadership an even harder task. We're seeing the pace of change increase enormously with…


Five top tips for marketing your business

At BHP we work with SMEs to help them drive profile, orders and profitability via their marketing activities. Here we pick our top five activities which make the most significant difference to marketing results. 


What defines an entrepreneur?

What do you see when you picture an ‘entrepreneur’? Most people might imagine someone like Richard Branson or Elon Musk; a larger than life character or a disruptor who can turn anything into profit. Or someone who launches a successful start-up,…


Dealing with the ‘S word’: A practical guide to reducing workplace stress – part 2

The second part of our guide to reducing workplace stress focuses on how Managers and Leaders can reduce, not add to, the stress levels experienced in our businesses. So if you’re noticing signs of pressure or anxiety in your teams, here are a few…


Dealing with the ‘S word’ A practical guide to reducing workplace stress – part 1

We all know that employers looking after their teams’ mental health has never been more important. And arguably we’ve never faced such a perfect storm of world events that could potentially have a negative impact on our levels of anxiety,…


Three Motivational Tips For Your Team

It’s no secret that a motivated team delivers better results, and enjoys a higher level of job satisfaction and wellbeing. But knowing how to motivate your team is not always easy, especially if you don’t physically see them as often now hybrid…


Is Your Business ‘Customer-Centric’?

All businesses are dependent on their ability to attract customers, satisfy their needs and retain them. But when we're focused on pursuing more sales and greater growth, we sometimes forget what really matters to our customers. When that happens,…


Behind Every Successful Business is a Strong Team

Building a business relies on you creating and leading a team of able and committed people, who grow with the business and power its success. If you have real growth ambitions for your company, you can’t do it alone. You need to attract, develop…


So, you think you’re good at multi-tasking?

I’ve often heard leaders and managers say with pride that they’re great at multi-tasking, or alternatively, worry about not having this particular ‘skill’. I’m going to come clean; I’m not good at multi-tasking, and it’s taken me years…


Developing good habits to navigate change

Our recent business insights have looked at the importance of adapting to changing circumstances and how a constant barrage of information can leave us overwhelmed and, at times, unsure about how to move forward. So how can we focus on the messages…


How delegation can be your business’s secret ingredient

In our previous post, we looked at priorities and in particular the challenges that the current market conditions present. To be effective, you must ensure you use all the tools available to you - and delegation is one of the most powerful tools that…


Getting the balance right between urgency and importance

Our last blog post provided some useful tips to help you run a business at a time when there are many additional challenges associated with people resources and supply chain issues. We thought it would be beneficial to continue this theme this week…


Top tips to help you navigate choppy waters

Running a business is certainly challenging with so many different factors to consider around resource, supply chains, the cost of energy and materials. However, now more than ever it is important that you spend enough time 'working on the business',…


How to Adapt to Changing Circumstances

Life today is constantly changing and presenting us with new challenges. We're experiencing a period of unprecedented and rapid change, and something that worked yesterday may well not work at all tomorrow.


The Value of Delegation

To succeed in business, you must know how to make the best use of your own time and how to delegate what can be done by others. While your team gets on with the day-to-day stuff, you can then focus on the tasks that no-one else can do.


More Tips for Supporting Employees’ Mental Health

We've previously emphasised the benefit to your business in supporting your employees' mental health. We saw that promoting an open culture is a key factor, along with monitoring situations that most often cause stress. Today we're sharing three…


Supporting Your Employees’ Mental Health

The issue of mental health used to hover on the murky side of illness, but we're now more aware of the need for support. People today are less reluctant to acknowledge and talk openly about their mental health issues, and employers are accepting that…


More Pointers to Better Management

Being a business manager can be tough. You occupy a delicate intermediary position between senior management and the workforce, where you have to provide an effective balance to the needs of both parties. Here are some more tips for effective…


Key Pointers to Better Management

There are some interesting philosophical questions that occupy those in business. One of these is whether management is different from leadership. Keen advocates exist on both sides, but the principal distinction is between thinking and doing...


Is Your Business Vision Clear? Can You Translate it to Strategy and Concrete Plans?

When I meet a new client, this is often the first thing I ask them. Their answer will demonstrate the direction the company wants to take, and pinpoint the focus of its actions. From that basis, we can work together to help improve alignment within…


Why Habit-Forming Behaviours are Important

As an entrepreneur launching your own company or a career in business, you probably set out with a vision of where you wanted to end up. You may even have achieved your primary goal and gone further. Have you ever wondered why some people succeed…


Do you have a plan for future leadership?

Managing change in business is a challenge at any time. Over the last year or so, we have all had to adapt and become far more flexible as individuals and agile as businesses. …


How can we connect more effectively with our team?

As we adapt to a mixture of office and remote or home working, making sure that your employees remain engaged is more important than ever. …


In today’s world, why having focus is more important than ever

As we move into the Autumn it is increasingly apparent that one of the challenges we face and will do for the foreseeable future, is the reality of the “new normal’ and how we adapt to this environment as business leaders. …


Setting the reset button to deal with uncertain times

A good proportion of business’s we speak to and work with, have been busier than ever over the course of this last year. This is the case despite facing tricky capacity and safeguarding challenges onsite, managing increasingly difficult supply…


Creating the climate for greener SMEs – part 2

In our last Business Insights, we looked at why now is the time for SMEs to embrace action to reduce their carbon footprint and suggested some small but important first steps you can take. …


Creating the climate for greener SMEs

As we navigate our way out of the Covid crisis, many are warning that the next crisis, that of global warming and a climate emergency, is just around the corner if not already here. …


Dealing with the challenges of supply

Over the last few months, we have often written about your customers and the importance of meeting their requirements. …


How healthy is your customer base?

The long term resilience of your business is of course intrinsically linked to the health of your customer base, the demand this will create and your ability to service this. So how do we make sure we maximise our revenue in the future?


How social media usage has changed post pandemic and what this means to your marketing.

Yes, autumn is upon us. In the most strange and unique of years, it does seem to have reached that time of year extraordinarily quickly. Most businesses I’ve been speaking to have moved on from the dugout position of mid pandemic and are now…


Are you suffering from ‘potential problem paralysis’?

Over the last few months, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of senior people in SME’s asking for mentoring support to help them overcome what could be described as ‘scenario overload’ or ‘potential problem paralysis’. Given the…


Do you love your customers?

We all know the importance of attracting new customers to grow our business. But if we are losing our existing customers along the way, we must find more and more new ones to stem the tide and get beyond our existing size. And that’s expensive and…


How to have that difficult conversation

If you’ve run a business or managed people for any period, at some stage or other, you will have had to have a difficult conversation with an employee or team member. These can be very difficult experiences. …


Why it is important to think about tomorrow

During a recent discussion with a client, I was asked how could they go about more deliberately starting to grow their business? …


Sales teams, a luxury or money well spent?

It can be very expensive to build your own sales team. However, sales are the lifeblood of any business. Without a successful sales organisation and sales performance, it is very difficult for a business to hit its profit targets. …


Why KPIs are catnip for the delivery of your marketing strategy…….plus, the top seven…

Catnip: When cats smell catnip they run towards it, rub their heads and body on the herb; jump, roll around, and vocalise. …


‘Timeboxing’ – is it time to throw out your ‘to do list?

As a previously self-confessed fan of the ‘to-do list,’ this is a tough question to consider. But a few years ago Daniel Markovitz published an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled ‘To-do lists don’t work’, and it got my…


Tame your ‘to do list’

I admit it, I’m a list person. Not just in business, but at home too. When I’m under pressure I feel more in control as I tick things off the list. When things are less fraught my list gives me structure and focus. …


Three steps to having a persona-led marketing strategy, and why it matters.

Every business is a business run by humans, selling or interacting with other humans, which is why it’s important to have a person-based approach at the heart of your marketing strategy. …


The art of successfully Managing succession

Managing change in any business can be a challenge. …


Why good delegation is a vital ingredient for growth

Delegation – it’s probably one of the most useful tools for a business owner – and potentially the least well-executed. …


How to make yourself more effective

One of the first questions we get asked is often, “how can I become more successful?”. …


Is communicating the art of understanding or being understood?

Over the last year, businesses through necessity have had to increase their use of technology for business communications. …


When should I make my first marketing hire?

This is a question I’m asked most frequently by startups and SMEs. …


Habit-forming behaviours: why are they important

When you started out on your career or first set up your own business, you probably did so with a vision. It’s likely you had an idea about what you wanted to achieve or where you’d like your chosen path to take you, even if you weren’t yet…


Learning to love ‘Sales’ – Part 2

Last time we looked at how sales can get a bad rap and some ideas to overcome ‘sales phobia’ in your teams. Here are a few more ways to help your teams learn to love sales and contribute to your sales effort.


Learning to love ‘Sales’ – Part 1

‘Sales' can get bad press. But no matter how innovative your product, or amazing your service, if you’re not selling it then you will never have a thriving business. …


Choosing the right technology – Part two

In the 1st part of Choosing the right technology, we covered the importance of capturing the business requirements and identifying potential suppliers. In this blog, we continue the process.


Choosing the right technology – Part one

As we move into the Summer and businesses begin to look longer term, you might be thinking about changes. …


Kick starting your business again

As we slowly move out of lockdown we thought it would be useful to share some ideas on kick-starting your business again.


Why putting your customer front and centre really works

What’s the secret to successfully growing a business? Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to that question. But we have put a few thought-provoking top tips to help you in our latest blog.


Re-energising your sales pipeline

Business owners and leaders are busy people. So, managing your time is a vital ingredient to being successful and developing your business. …


Leading in today’s world

It’s not easy being an effective business leader in today’s fast-paced and often pressurised and uncertain world.  …


Acting as a leader

In the last of this series, we look at the challenges of being a leader in today's world pose.. Not only are you facing the high expectations of your workforce, but you have to deal with unexpected circumstances such as lay-offs, returning to work…


What does good leadership look like?

We have looked before at some of the skills that make a good leader. Like most things in life, though, there has to be a balance. Good leadership is all about compromise, and juggling the different priorities presented by your business. …


Want to become a better manager? – Here are our top tips – Part Two

Over the next five emails, we are going to take a more in-depth look at leadership. …


Want to become a better manager? – Here are our top tips – Part one

Over the next five emails, we are going to take a more in-depth look at leadership. …


Six things you should do before you hire, or grow, your marketing team

So you’ve reached that critical point when you know you need to let go of running all the marketing yourself, or you’ve decided to increase the size of your marketing team. …


Top Tips to help you lead in today’s world

It’s not easy being an effective business leader in today’s world. The Covid world is unpredictable, fast-paced and there is a relentless need for efficiency improvement. In addition, customer demands increase, and it is vital that you meet your…


How can I kick start faster growth?

Recently a client asked me how they could grow their business more quickly. They wanted to grow but weren’t sure where and how to start.  …


The Importance of Forward Thinking

When you contemplate the role you play in your organisation, are you working in or on your business? This may sound like an odd question. What does it mean, and what is its importance in business strategy?


Planning for Your Business Future

When you think about the future of your business, how do you see it progressing? Are you able to translate this theoretical vision into a sound plan, directed by a coherent business strategy?


Successful businesses are powered by your team

Team-building is critical to a successful business, and fielding a solid team becomes even more crucial if you hope to grow. …


Your path to growth

We are always talking about the business leader's role, and how they can most effectively utilise their management team to develop and optimise performance. Factors contributing to this theme that we’ve discussed in the past include how best to…


Making Your (Zoom) Meetings Productive

Meetings can be the bane of business, as people are required to devote a sizeable amount of their day to them. Are these meetings really necessary? Do they deliver any tangible results and, if so, do those results justify the amount of time spent in…


Good leadership – what does it look like? – Part Two

Last time we looked at a few of the skills necessary to become a good leader. Like most things, however, leadership is a balancing act and one size rarely fits all. …


Good leadership – what does it look like? Part One

More than ever before businesses need good leadership to navigate them successfully through the current challenges and be ready for the ‘post-pandemic' era. But what is good leadership really, both for your business and your people? And how do we…


How ‘customer-centric’ is your business?

Especially in the present circumstances, all businesses stand or fall on their ability to attract, satisfy and retain customers. …


Looking After Your Team’s Well-Being in Lockdown 3.0 – Part 2

Last time we considered why it might not be ‘lockdown business as usual’ in this latest lockdown, the importance of a continued commitment to communication and being aware of the dangers of ‘Zoom fatigue’. …


Looking After Your Team’s Well-Being in Lockdown 3.0

We’ve endured lockdowns before and come through it. However, it’s probably also true to say after almost a year of uncertainty, anxiety and stress, both at work and at home, some in our teams may be suffering from higher levels of…


The Power of “adaptive leadership”

It’s no secret that the Coronavirus pandemic has sometimes pushed our ability to adapt to its limits. But even before the words lockdown, furlough or ‘new normal’ become depressingly familiar, the benefits of adaptive leadership were well known…


Struggling with Succession? Our Top Tips and Self-Help Plan

Managing change in business is a challenge at any time. The last few months have taught us all the importance of being flexible and having the ability to adapt to changing situations. …


The Business Case for Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is a term we've used a lot recently and particularly how insufficient engagement among employees can lead to the business disruption that is sometimes critical.


5 More Motivational Tips That Cost You Next To Nothing!

In our previous blog, we suggested three tips for team motivation at no cost to you. Today, we're offering two more highly effective but still low-cost ways to increase your team's motivation.


5 Team Motivational Tips That Cost You Next To Nothing!

People work better when they're motivated, and at BHP we have first-hand experience and research to prove it. It's not always easy to know how to motivate your team, but our five top tips will really help. In this blog, we'll look at the first three…


Want to Strengthen Employee Engagement? Communication is critical

In our recent blogs, we've been discussing various areas of strengthening employee engagement. These include sharing your vision, organisational integrity, and the importance of effective management at all levels. In our final look at employee…


Want to Strengthen Employee Engagement? Here is how to become an effective manager

In our previous blog, we looked at strengthening employee engagement by sharing your vision and establishing mutual trust with your employees. Today we're exploring another key element that's critical to achieving a fully engaged workforce, and hence…


Want to Strengthen Employee Engagement? Here’s how…

Employee engagement is when people do a job because they love it rather than just because it pays their salary. It's where everyone in your organisation is on the same page and your performance and productivity start to demonstrate significant…


More Tips on becoming a better manager

It's sometimes tough to be a manager in the business world. You're slotted in between the workforce and your senior leadership, valiantly translating future strategy and business direction into the clarity of purpose and tasks for your teams to…


Want to become a better Manager? Here are our Top Tips

Is there a difference between management and leadership? This has long been a subject for debate, and depends largely on the difference between thinking and doing.


What makes an Entrepreneur?

Many people see entrepreneurship as an attitude of dogged determination in pursuit of the big buck. It's perceived as a fast track for talented individuals to succeed in business, but for most entrepreneurs that's not really true.


What has top level sport taught us about leadership?

You might be surprised by the connections to be found between business and sport. These utilise business know-how in the sporting field and sports inspiration in business. …


More ideas to support your employees’ mental health

In our last email we highlighted the importance of supporting your employees’ mental health and how promoting an open culture and keeping an eye on the things that can most commonly cause stress can help. …


The business benefits of supporting your employees’ mental health

Understandably this year health is at the top of everyone’s agenda. Allied to this there’s been a big increase in the awareness of the importance of promoting mental wellbeing, and of the need to support those who find themselves suffering from…


What is effective leadership?

It’s not easy being an effective business leader in today’s fast paced and often pressurised and uncertain world. …


Business Masterclasses

2020 has been a challenging year. At BHP Consulting, our team of experienced business leaders have been working hard with clients to help them through the initial crisis. 

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Getting your business back to work

Every business will have faced different challenges due to Covid-19, but one thing we all have in common is that it is perhaps now, as restrictions ease, that we face some of our most difficult decisions.


The importance of wellbeing in the ‘new normal’

In our last few articles we’ve looked at how to aid transition to home working and tips for managing remote working teams. This time, we’ll suggest more ways to help maintain wellbeing and positive mental health in your teams.


Managing the ‘new normal’ of a remote team

In our last article we covered the transition to home working. This time we’re going to focus on some tips to help you manage the team once remote working has been established.


Four C’s to help you lead

Aside from the direct health implications, it is perhaps the uncertainty around the duration and severity of the impact of Coronavirus that is one of the most serious issues we face - for individuals, our businesses and the broader economy.


Not enough hours in the day?

We’ve looked at how to focus your sales activity and how your e-commerce and digital marketing strategy are integral to your success in this area.


The power of your thinking.

Successful businesses initially develop through ideas and thinking. When was the last time you thought about your business and how to develop it?


Effective delegation: High octane stimulus for the growth of your company.

Delegation is a greatly underused resource, yet it’s arguably one of a business owner’s most useful tools. It’s also the one that’s most often poorly executed.


5 Things that will motivate your team and won’t cost you a penny!

Based on the latest research, and on what we have seen work first hand in our own businesses, here are the first 3 of BHP Consulting's 5 top tips on what works to increase motivation - and you won't need to break the bank to deliver them!


Not enough hours in the day?

We’ve looked at how to focus your sales activity and how your e-commerce and digital marketing strategy are integral to your success in this area.


Effective leadership: Substance or Style?

It’s not easy being an effective business leader in today’s fast paced and often pressurised and uncertain world.