Category: Business

September 8, 2016 Chris Pearse

I’ve never understood why, in some fields, high performance is rewarded by promotion up the management ladder. This creates a unique anomaly whereby the system pulls you away from your area of expertise. You, and the organisation, become hapless victims of your previous success. And, of course, not only does the organisation lose a talented…

April 27, 2016 Chris Pearse

Employee Engagement doesn’t work… This will be short and sweet: If your employees are disengaged, you’re not going to turn things around through an employee engagement programme. And you’re certainly not going to fix it by asking HR to take responsibility for it. Why not? Because real engagement thrives between people. You and me. EE programmes intrinsically treat…

April 12, 2016 Chris Pearse

The Power of ? I’ve been reminded a number of times over the past few months just how powerful questions can be – often more potent than the answers. A recent example of this was a management team looking for answers to some pretty nebulous issues – and I use the word nebulous in the positive…

February 19, 2016 Chris Pearse

Have you spent the last few decades striving for Success and battling against Failure? Winning some, losing some? I suspect the answer is probably a Yes, particularly given the business-orientated nature of LinkedIn. After all, we’re all immersed in the free market economy where competition thrives and survival of the fittest sorts out the wheat…

August 28, 2015 Chris Pearse

Now, take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds… that’s better. Let the indignation and outrage dissipate slightly and prepare for a hopefully reasoned and balanced explanation of this inflammatory statement… Firstly, I need to make a few things clear: I’m an Engineer that has practised engineering and run businesses I couldn’t…

June 27, 2015 Chris Pearse

Why you should forget Charisma – and those that tell you how to get more. A while back a client of mine asked me how he could get more Charisma. I suppose a better verb would be exude – how to exude more Charisma. (It’s already sounding unpleasant). I was a bit taken aback and…

June 21, 2015 Chris Pearse

I’ve listened to quite a few entrepreneurs pitch for investment. Some manage to destroy their chances before they’ve finished – in spite of a great proposition. I blame Dragon’s Den. That programme – as entertaining as it is – has created the fantasy of the impoverished entrepreneur going, cap in hand, to the mighty capitalist…

June 21, 2015 Chris Pearse

Many pitches fail to attract investment for reasons that are not immediately obvious to the entrepreneur. Here are a few… Having sat through numerous investment pitches, I’ve learnt that it’s not easy. I have the utmost respect for those that try it, let alone those that pull it off. I’m not sure I could… but I…