Five potential exit strategies for your business

For business owners devising an exit strategy, there are a number of options, public or private. Here are five scenarios

Great middle managers need emotional intelligence

david brent the office middle managers

They are often lambasted as figures of fun, but middle managers can hold the key to success

Senior management gap left by retiring baby-boomers

Senior exiting a revolving door

As the baby-boomer generation retires, younger high fliers must be identified and their potential developed to fill senior management positions

‘Take the best agile practices to suit your business’

Rainbow building with people in front

Businesses can pick and mix from the various agile methodologies to best suit their purpose

A business merger marriage made in good negotiations

Business people shaking hands over merger deal

Three dynamics reflect the different ways in which the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) business is maturing – types of deal, skill at integration and post-merger preparation

The impact of open-plan offices on leadership

Microsoft’s UK headquarters in London, designed by Gensler; the technology giant is a prime example of a large corporate that has opened up its working environment and adopted a flatter hierarchy

What impact does a more open-plan working environment have on authority and leadership, and how does a social-democratic model of community suit a capitalist set-up like a big corporate?

Management of business risk must be a science

Management of risk must be a science

The potential domino effect of a crisis is an ever-present risk to UK businesses with supply chains and markets abroad and at home

Should you let them go or counter-offer?

Sometimes when a member of staff says they are leaving, it’s best to let them go without offering a pay rise in the hope they will stay