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What 3 things can leaders do to earn the respect of their teams?

Sarah Smith

Managing Director

Walkgrove

I actually have six tips! 1) Some people want to be developed; others don’t. Don’t use your influence/position to push people into roles or activities that you know they can do - but they might not actually want to for a variety of reasons. You will lose them. 2) Trust people, treat them like adults and don’t micro-manage. Never make new rules as a knee-jerk reaction based on one or more people abusing a system or process. Just deal with that person/transgression and don’t penalise everyone. Your trust will be returned in spades. 3) Muck in. Help out. Carry out tasks that may well be ‘below your pay grade’ if it gets the job done, reduces stress on your staff and keeps the client happy. But don’t make a habit of it and fix things to make sure it doesn’t keep happening! 4) Be open. Share information; seek opinion and be prepared to change/admit to your own mistakes so that others will be open about theirs. 5) Make sure people know it is okay to have areas of weakness; and that they should have enough confidence in their strengths to admit to and ask for help with weaknesses. That is the point of working in a team. Nobody is good at everything. 6) Recognise and appreciate the extra mile and reward it in some way; from a simple heartfelt thank you to a pay rise. (Oh – and just multiple thank yous won’t cut it!)

3 things I wish I knew when I started

Stephen Scott

CEO

Datalec

If I could go back in time 15 years and give myself some career advice.... as exciting as M&A is, working in a family PE fund, including the inevitable parachute into existing company exec teams and often running a company for a period of time, a different pathway may well have been more rewarding. Certainly, the depth of knowledge accumulated in an organisation that completed many transactions over many years through several industry verticals has been extraordinary and has allowed me to find employment where I can genuinely contribute for all the years since. However, armed with a good degree of knowledge in a particular sector, I could have otherwise taken my time developing fewer companies through organic and inorganic growth strategies, ultimately preparing them to more substantial equity events and learning in the process. My advice to myself would be to trade some of the excitement for a deeper satisfaction only realised long after the transaction is complete.

How can small businesses compete with established market players and win?

Aly Rahimtoola

Founder & Managing Director

Herbal Essentials

In my humble experience, small businesses are more than capable of taking on established market players as they tend to be more agile, forward thinking and better at engaging with their end customer than larger corporations. That's a big statement from the Founder of a SME to make but smaller businesses tend to innovate better, go to market more cost effectively and provided the Founding Team are persistent enough more determined to succeed than their larger peers. Dream, Plan, Work Hard, Do Not Give Up, Be Resilient and chase that dream - remember not trying is a failure but trying and not succeeding is a learning experience that few get to experience.

What three qualities would you associate with successful founders?

Patrick Kayton

Co-founder & CEO

Cognician

We tend to tell each other stories about big wins and rapid successes because they're dramatic. It's less interesting to hear about the small, but good things we do consistently every day. But you can't have big wins without consistency. Consistency counts in every aspect of business, and in particular in culture. At Cognician we consistently celebrate our people's work in terms of the heart, the mind and the hands. We look at their work through these lenses because this is how we think about learning. Great learning experiences touch the heart, inspire the mind and direct the hands. It's also how we think about how we treat each other and our clients. We are empathetic – the heart. We are curious – the mind. And we get stuff done – the hands. So when we recognise great work, we recognise the passion our people put into it. We acknowledge the quality of their thinking. And we applaud their speed to action. There is consistency across the way we design our platform, the way we design learning experiences, and they way we interact with colleagues, clients and users. And there is consistency every day in how we apply and celebrate these principles. And it's only because of this consistency that we win big.

What is the single most important message your sales material should communicate?

Bradley Pallister

Head of Innovation at Innovolo

Innovolo

The most important message your sales material should communicate is that your product or service is the solution to your customer's problem. People don't buy products or services; they buy solutions. Your job as a salesperson is to show them how your product or service will solve their specific problem. This means that you need to know your customer's pain points and be able to articulate how your product or service will address them. If you can do this effectively, you'll be well on your way to making a sale.

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The Founders Hub Investment Programme

The Founders Hub Investment Programme has been giving founders the edge since 2019. We’ve developed two 24 month programmes that supercharge young businesses, turning new ideas into successful companies and powering scale-ups so they can reach the next level.

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We take a share of your venture in return for our investment in your business. If you grow we gain. And if you don’t, then we lose. So you can be sure we're in this together.

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A growth programme tailored to your business. Ongoing support from a team of experienced mentors. £100,000 of services, from experts in tech, marketing, finance, and more. And a community of like-minded businesses in the programme.

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