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The 6 Keys to a Winning Team

March 7th, 2017

There is one fact in business that is always true, no matter what business you are in: you will never build a great business all on your own, and the bigger and better the business you want, the bigger and better the team you will need around you. Continue reading “The 6 Keys to a Winning Team” »

What Force Stops 98% of Businesses From Growing?

January 26th, 2017


It’s a well known fact that most businesses out there will never achieve their full potential.  A high percentage will fail during the first few years, but those that do continue will often reach a plateau and stay there, not really growing as the years go by.  So what could possibly be holding them back?  Well, in some cases, the business owner just doesn’t want to grow the business, or doesn’t know how to.  Other possibilities are that they aren’t able to access the finance to enable them to grow, they don’t have the competitive advantage enjoyed by other businesses, or they lack the resources.

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Interview with a Business Coach!

January 5th, 2017


ActionCOACH Solent MD Kevin Stansfield was recently interviewed on  local radio station 103.9 Voice FM by Xan Phillips for their business programme.  In the interview, Kevin recommends 3 books that all business owners should read.  Among the topics discussed are how to manage your team, making the most of your time, what it takes to be a true entrepreneur and the importance of maintaining a healthy cash flow.

To listen to the interview, just click here.

How to Grow Your Own Talent!

September 26th, 2016



Growing your workforce can be one of the most challenging aspects of running a business, and to be honest, I see more business owners who have got it wrong than have got it right.  In fact, many business owners have stopped growing their teams altogether, because they have made so many mistakes with recruitment which have cost them so much time, money and effort that they cannot face going through the process again. Continue reading “How to Grow Your Own Talent!” »

Better recruitment using behavioural profiling

September 26th, 2016

In this video, Business Coach Kevin Stansfield explains how you can use behavioural profiling to help you get the right person for the role when recruiting.

If you’d like some more information on recruiting, have a look at our guide to a great recruitment process here.

30% Growth in 12 months for CJ Garden Services Ltd

August 10th, 2016


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Claire Hartnell, Director of CJ Garden Services Ltd, had been slowly growing her garden maintenance and clearance business since its inception in 2001, but 13 years in, had no real plan for how to propel the business forward.  As Claire explained, “we’d never had any formal business training and really needed some expert advice.”

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Visualising a Brighter Future with ActionCOACH

July 15th, 2016

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In 1994, Steve McNamara had a vision to provide audio visual solutions for conferences, exhibitions and corporate events.  He saw there was a gap in the market for providing not only the equipment, but also the technical support and crew to install and operate it, and so Projected Image Ltd was born.  Having got to a certain point however, Steve, with his background as a technician, identified the need for a business mentor to help him to grow the business. Continue reading “Visualising a Brighter Future with ActionCOACH” »

The Challenge of Building a Team

June 29th, 2016

As a business owner, you should be looking to work more ON not IN your business.  You can’t grow your business without getting a team in place to do the day to day work for you.  But employing people can be a challenge.  In this brief video, Business Coach Kevin Stansfield gives an easy 5 step process for overcoming the challenges of taking on new team members.

Add some GRRR to your team appraisals!

June 28th, 2016

When most business managers and team members hear the word appraisal, their hearts sink and they procrastinate about the exercise for as long as the HR department lets them.  Then, when the deed finally has to be done, it is carried out as quickly and “by the book” as possible.  Both manager and employee leave feeling relieved that the exercise is over for another year, but frustrated that nothing will really change, and an hour or two of their time has been wasted. Continue reading “Add some GRRR to your team appraisals!” »

When to lead and when to manage your team

June 26th, 2016

Business Coach Kevin Stansfield explains the concept of being “above and below the line” and how this impacts on whether you need to lead or manage individual team members.  People in “Blame, Excuse and Denial” mode need to be managed to enable them to step up to the “Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility” zone, for the good of the rest of the team, and the business as a whole.