Posts Tagged "end of year goals"

Lessons From Koko Black

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Blog

Lessons From Koko Black

News earlier this month that deliciously deluxe chocolate retailer, Koko Black had gone into voluntary administration was a little bit disconcerting. What if we end up with a deficit of really decent chocolate?! More than that, however, it can be a little scary when a well-known and successful business goes belly up. We can’t help but think about our own small business and wonder how we’ll survive if someone like Koko Black can’t. There are some valuable lessons in this occurrence, however. First and foremost, it’s important to stop the catastrophising and dramatics and realise that Koko Black and their administrators are doing what they can to keep going. Koko Black made some judgemental errors in the past and now they are trying to rectify them. It’s easy to throw your hands up and give up. It’s more beneficial to learn from failures, to recognise what has gone wrong, face up to it and do something about it. Shiny objects – and not decadent chocolate! – appears to be their downfall. In statements made to the media, they explicitly stated that “The business expanded very rapidly and undertook a series of major projects over the past 18 months. In...

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Kicking Those 2014 Goals

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Blog

Kicking Those 2014 Goals

Have you ever noticed how flexible time is? Sometimes the minutes are longer than ages, the days are slowly passing by, but there comes a moment when you turn around and you can’t believe that 3/4 of the year has already gone and you have just three months to complete your annual plans, achieve the yearly goals and prepare for the next year. When did this year pass and what have you done during it? Hopefully, the answer to the second question is not ‘too little!’ If you want to make the most of the last three months of 2014, you will need to sit down and check your progress so far. Try to remember what your business plans and goals were at the start of 2014 and tick the ones you have already achieved. If you made the effort to write down what you aimed to achieve at the beginning of the year, it will be easier for you to see where you are now. If not – you can always try it next year. So, when you mark, cross out or tick everything that you have already achieved (and take a moment to be proud of yourself, your team...

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