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Business Advice, tips and advice - Concepts and Insights to help your business

Follow what Cliftons have to say on a variety of topics to push your business forward.

Secure your Business

Ransomware-as-a-Service? Secure your Business

Reading time: 3 - 5 minutes

In our blog article last year we asked the question, ‘How’s your cyber hygiene?’. We referred to the very public ransomware attack of Garmin that crippled their business for days that cost them millions of dollars.

The On-Demand Economy Shift

The On-Demand Economy Shift

Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes

Have you heard of the On-demand Economy? Some people call it the App Economy.

Either way, you’re most likely part of it as a consumer (knowingly or otherwise) but are you thinking about your business model as this seismic shift on consumer behaviour?

Foster innovative thinking

How to foster innovative thinking inside your business

Reading time: 3 - 6 minutes

How many large companies can you think of that have fallen by the wayside because they didn’t stay relevant in their market? Companies like Kodak and Blockbuster spring to mind as historical references but what about future possibilities?

Save Green By Going Green

5 Ways Your Business Can Save Green By Going Green

Reading time: 4 - 7 minutes

Traditionally, most companies haven't considered their carbon footprint as part of their overall business strategy.


Getting Naked - a book review

Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes

Relax, this isn't the life of a nudist.

I have however just finished reading a fantastic book Getting Naked written by Patrick Lencioni.

When my business partner Brian suggested I read it, I looked at the title and enthusiastically dived right in.  Much to my wife’s relief I didn’t come away with a new philosophy on how to dress. However I was challenged by the insights on how to build stronger relationships, both at a personal and a business level.

Becoming a Nightmare Competitor

Becoming a Nightmare Competitor

Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes

Your Nightmare Competitor is coming. What are you doing about it?

In a previous blog I brought up the concept of nightmare competitors from a book I was reading called Rocking The Ship (Amazon best-seller, available here). You can read that blog here.

Rule the Comeback

Rule the Comeback

Reading time: 2 - 3 minutes

Everyone loves a good comeback story, but very few happen without brutal truths and planning.

Every business has its challenges. To sit here and tell you that nothing will go wrong would be flat out lying to you. The reality is every business faces challenges, particularly financial challenges, at some point.

Start at The End

Start at The End

Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes

I often wonder when talking to business people what their plan is on how to exit the business in future.

And generally when asked, the answer is a shrug of the shoulders and the iconic Aussie response “Dunno”.

Take Leave and Recharge

Take Leave and Recharge

Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes

Its almost Christmas again, and with the ensuing busyness we might forget to properly wind down.

For years I was guilty of not taking proper holidays. Id always figured that with the business closing for about 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year, then 6 other public holidays during the year, that was enough.

Batting No.3

Whos Batting at No 3?

Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes

Its not always who's first on the list that matters. Look at cricket for example.

The start of spring brings warmer weather and the start of the cricket season.

Whether you like cricket or not, its hard to ignore as Australia’s number one summer sport. Its a bit like doing your tax; businesses either look forward to this time of year or try to ignore it for as long as possible.

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