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No matter if your budget it £100.00 or £100,000.00, you need to ensure you have effective and efficient systems in place to control how the budget is being spent.

This resource includes a checklist which will help you establish or review process you have in place to keep you and your budget on track.

 Controlling Budgets Checklist


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Business reports are a method of documenting and conveying information and communicating with people. They can provide information without the need for meetings, or can form the basis for discussion at a meeting.

Reports help with planning, communicating and decision-making and are designed to provide research-based information in a concise and accurate format.

They both inform and persuade: a well-structured report with clear points and aims will be more likely to achieve its intended results. Well-planned, informative reports can also enhance professional reputation.

Whenever you write a report you must bear in mind why you are writing and who you are writing for. All reports have a reader.

Using this resource will help you reflect on your current approach to communicating through the written report and provides a guide to good business writing.

To download this resource: Click Here 

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The Boston Matrix or Boston Box – so called because it was developed by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) – is a tool that may help you to analyse potential routes forward and discuss strategic options.


Developed by BCG’s founder, Bruce D. Henderson and his colleagues, the Boston Box offers a simple technique for assessing your organisation’s position relative to others in terms of its product range.

To find out more about this model, click on the following link: Boston Box

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Transactional analysis (TA) is a widely recognised form of modern psychology that involves a set of practical conceptual tools designed to promote personal growth and change.

It is considered a fundamental therapy for well-being and for helping individuals to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.

TA  is based on the theory that each person has three ego states: parent, adult and child.It is a simple yet accurate means of situating our own behaviour patterns within the wider context of human interaction.

As a leader - understanding the concepts behind TA can help you understand your own and others behaviour.

To read a short introduction to TA - Click Here

 Watch and Learn -  Click Here

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Giving formal presentations at work may not be a daily activity, so when you are asked to give a presentation you may need to remind yourself of what you need to consider.

This quick guide is relevant to formal presentations as well as informal talks you may want to give during a team meeting.

Presentation Techniques - A Quick Guide

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During the 1990’s, John Kotter (professor of leadership at the Harvard Business school in Boston) studied the progress of over 100 companies who were trying to “remake” themselves.

He found that there were some general lessons that could be learned about managing change, and how to avoid big errors. His findings have been translated into eight steps.

The first four steps may be likened to  Kurt Lewins unfreezing’ process, helping to defrost a hardened status quo.

They are:

  • Establishing a sense of urgency
  • Creating the guiding team
  • Developing a vision and strategy

 The next stages introduce new practices:

  • Communicating the change vision.
  • Empowering a broad base of people to act
  • Generating short term wins

 The final stage is required to embed changes within organisational culture:

  • Consolidating gains and producing even more change
  • Institutionalising new practices – making the change ‘stick’

To read more about these eight steps Click Here

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Sir John Whitmore is a well respected lecturer and consultant on human resource management. He is the author of Coaching for Performance, one of the best-selling coaching guides, which showcases the GROW model[1] of coaching. He is also the co-founder of The Inner Game sports and business training organisation along with the former tennis player Timothy Gallwey.

Whitmore believes that, at present, the potential of most executives is unrealised, and that the realisation of this potential will only happen when coaching principles underlie all management practices, which he believes will certainly happen in time. He uses the idea of an individual as an acorn with the potential to grow into an oak tree. All the ingredients are present; they just need nourishment.

To find out more click on the following link GROW - A Coaching Model

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