Top Class Footballer Could Be A Top Clas

Top Class Footballer Could Be A Top Class Entrepreneur

When footballers are in the newspapers any other than the back pages, it is usually because they have behaved badly or been up to no good. With the amount of money in the modern game and the growing gap between the fans and the players, it is easy to think that most modern footballers only care about themselves and what they can earn.

This isn’t the case for all footballers, though, and there has been a recent story involving a top flight footballer in England who has shown some entrepreneurial spirit. Mathieu Flamini returned to Arsenal in the summer of 2014 for his second spell at the club. When players leave a club and return, it is likely that they come back older and hopefully wiser. Spending time in different countries provides players with the chance to stretch their wings and become a more rounded person. For Flamini, time spent in Italy with AC Milan has provided him with the platform for a whole new career.

This is because Flamini is the co-founder of a company that could bring about an end to biofuels, plastics and gasoline! The company, GF Biochemicals, stated that they have learned how to produce levulinic acid on a mass production scale. This is highly important because this is an organic compound that can be used to replace oil in all of the different forms it comes in. While no one knows the true potential of this breakthrough, there have beenmany people talking about the fact that this firm could be the first to enter a market that will be worth over $30 billion.

Flamini is clearly making a nice living out of being abit-part player for Arsenal in London but if the initial plans are lived up to, this could be a way for the player to help the world while ensuring he receives a considerable sum of money to keep him in comfort for the rest of his days.

It’s not just Flamini who had a brilliant idea

Flamini isn’t the first footballer to have struck upon a brilliant idea, even if the new product conjured up by Australian footballer Craig Johnston was a bit more expected from him. After Johnston had retiredfrom Liverpool FC, at an early, stating that he was keen to look after his sister who was seriously ill, he turned his attention to creating a new style of football boot. Johnston was the brains behind the Predator football boot, a revolutionary boot with fins that promised to give players more control of the ball and an ability to strike the ball with increased swerve and power.

There were a lot of people willing to ignore these claims but the first ever goal scored in professional football by a player wearingPredator boots was a classic. John Collins scored a bending free-kick for Celtic at the home of their arch-rivals in a game that was watched all over the world. It was exactly the sort of goal that the new boots needed to grab attention and from that moment onwards, virtually every player was after this style of football boot.

So the next time you are quick to say that footballers are a bit silly or wouldn’t be able to do anything if it wasn’t for their football talent, remember that some top-class footballers have also had that entrepreneurial spirit about them.

Habits To Ditch For Entrepreneurial Succ

Habits To Ditch For Entrepreneurial Success

If you are just starting out as an entrepreneur, it is likely that you will be enthusiastic and keen to work as hard as you possibly can. This is a positive thing, but it may be that you have some bad habits in place that will count against you.

One of the issues with bad habits is that you don’t often know that you have them. Here are some of the most common bad habits that entrepreneurs suffer from so have a read and see if any of them apply to you?

Not planning ahead

If you have been working a job where you can coast by or get along without thinking too much into the distance, you need to get out of that mind-set as quickly as possible. While it is impossible to plan everything that you intend to do, and things will crop out of nowhere, you should have a schedule and a list of aims that you want to achieve by day, by week, by month and by year.

If you are not making effective plans and schedule at the start of being an entrepreneur, you will find it becomes difficult to stick to a schedule in the long run.

Responding to emails as they come in

While responding promptly and effectively is a positive thing, the more you do this, the less time you will have to spend on other,more important, tasks. If your business develops in the way that you hope it will, you will find that you soon start to have emails coming in on a regular basis. If you stop what you are doing every time to respond to an email, you will soon find that you will get nothing done.

It is best to allocate a set period a day, or every couple of hours to review your emails and respond if you need to.

Poor communication
You may think that you are getting your point across in an effective manner, but this may not be the case. First of all, write a message and the stop and read it back to yourself, is it as clear as you would like? You should also send some emails to people who you know and trust and ask for genuine and honest feedback?

Many start-up businesses falter because of poor communication and quite often the people involved don’t know what they are doing wrong. If you aren’t getting the right results, or people aren’t responding to you in the manner you would like them to, make sure it isn’t your communication that is letting you down.

Never taking breaks

Yes, working hard and putting in long hours shows you are committed but is it the best thing for your business? When you continually work long hours, are you working at your best? Many people feel that taking a short break or coming back to a problem after some sleep or after thinking about something else helps them to solve issues or move on more effectively than continually trying to plough through an issue.

Benefits of using a recruitment agency to hire staff

Given the importance of managing budgets and not overspending, you can see why many businesses are looking to manage as much as they can in-house. There are market swings on outsourcing or taking control of everything and for some firms, the focus on the bottom line means that paying money to an external partner to do work that can be carried out by internal staff is no longer an acceptable use of company money.

On the one hand, this makes sense, and it is a police that many companies will choose. On the other hand, it is a very silly suggestion, and it is a move that will end up costing a company money, time and maybe even good quality staff. There is a great deal to be said for focusing on the core strengths of your business and then receiving the best external assistance for areas and aspects where you are not too strong. While there is a great clamour for jobs at the moment, finding the right people for the right role is a difficult task, and it is a challenge that many internal HR departments struggle with.

Recruitment agencies know the market

One of the bets reasons to call on the services of a recruitment agency is the fact that they understand the market and the current climate. This means that they know:
• What the available talent is and where to reach them
• What the expected salary rates are
• What the career expectations are
• What skill-sets are required for certain roles
• What are the current difficulties in filling certain roles

These are hugely important aspects of recruitment, and it would be unreasonable to expect someone who isn’t working in the industry every day to suddenly grasp the difficult situation. Hiring a recruitment agency isn’t just about finding the right employee for your company, it is about making sure that you know the reasons for every recruitment decision your company makes.

Recruitment agencies can reach the hard-to-reach candidates that would be ideal for you

Just because you are offering a job, not everyone who would be ideally suited to the job and open to working for your company will find it or apply via you. You may create a poorly worded job description; some people may not be actively looking for a job or there could be reasons why people don’t see or overlook your job advert.

Recruitment agencies, however, will know candidates, and they will have an understanding of roles that are perfect for some people. It may be that a recruitment agency will contact someone about your role, sell them the perks and benefits of the job and impress on them the potential career opportunities that the role will offer. These are things that your business may not be able to do but when you work with a recruitment agent, you get a greater level of support in tracking down the right potential employee for your business.

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11 Year Old Entrepreneur Leads A Sweet life

One of the biggest problems that many of us face in life is the feeling of being usurped by the younger generation. Whether you are working in a company competing hard for promotions or you are an entrepreneur fighting for space and recognition in a crowded marketplace that is getting busier all the time, the last thing you need to see is people younger than you coming into the market with enthusiasm, fresh ideas and achieving success.

You have to take new challenges as a spur to work harder and develop yourself, but there will be times that the success of someone much younger than you can stop you in your tracks and make you re-evaluate your life and what you have achieved. If you are having a difficult day or you are not feeling too confident at the moment, it is maybe best that you look away now!

This is because there has been a news focus on an 11-year-old boy who is currently bringing in more than £1,000 a week through sweets! This seems like something out of a children’s story, but Henry Patterson created an online sweet store and has since followed up that success with a children’s book and branded merchandise. With a turnover of more than £65,000 and over 70 companies stocking his products, this is the sort of tale that can be inspiring but also very off-putting, depending on your outlook on life.

From smelly to sweet with success

Henry got the entrepreneurial bug early on in life, and his first business venture was selling bags of manure for just £1. We’ve recently seen in this season’s Apprentice that manure can be a good way to make money, and if there is a metaphor for getting your hands dirty, this is the product that fits the bill. Henry then moved into the online market, selling sweets that he had bought at charity shops on eBay. The profit from this venture enabled Henry to develop a “children’s lifestyle brand” that is called Not Before Tea, and that offers a wide range of products including books, clothes, stationery and bags. With a book called Pip Gets A Job, Henry has packed in more careers than many people three or four times his age!

Clearly this is a young man with good ideas, a strong work ethic and parents who have supported him, but there are other elements to his success. Henry clearly knows the target market he is aiming at very well, and he probably doesn’t have the fear or self-doubt that many impacts on business leaders and entrepreneurs. Having the confidence or the naivety to push ahead with ideas can be a great thing at times, and this is probably something that many should be considered by entrepreneurs.

There is also the fact that Henry has an excellent angle or edge to his business. When it comes to a Unique Selling Point, the USP is surely the fact that the products are being sold to children by a child. This is not going to be a USP that works for you, but there will be some element or aspect of your business that you can offer which people don’t have. You may think that your years of experience means that you don’t need to take lessons from an 11-year-old, but when it comes to being a successful entrepreneur, this 11-year-old is probably streets ahead of many people much older than him. This means that it is very much worth looking to see if there are any lessons you can take and utilise for your own business.

Leadership training trends for 2016

If you aren’t already thinking about 2016, you are falling behind the scores of businesses who are already planning for a great year. One of the most important things in business is leadership, and while there will be some people who tell you that true leaders are born, not made, there are ways in which you can foster and develop the leadership skills that people naturally possess.
This situation is why it is important to be aware of the expected leadership training trends for 2016. Whether you are an employer looking to build a better and stronger team around you, or you want to develop these skills of yourself, there will be ways in which you can effectively strengthen the skill sets that businesses need.
Three trends to look out for are:
• Blended learning
• Gamification
• M-Learning
These titles may come across as sounding like examples of “buzz-word bingo” and management-speak but given the technological age we live in, these are exactly the types of training that make sense. There is no longer the need to spend lots of money and waste hours travelling to undertake training courses. Effective training can be undertaken wherever and whenever with an internet connection, and these training plans will play a big role in forging new business leaders.
Blended learning is on the rise
Blended learning combines e-learning or virtual classroom learning situations with in-person or one-to-one sessions. This style of learning provides the best of both worlds for people, allowing them to pick up the basics whenever they want but then showcase their new found knowledge in personal sessions. In 2014, 29% of personal training hours were taught in the form of blended learning modules, which was a 0.8% increase on 2013’s total. However, with the rise of mobile devices and better internet connections, this figure is expected to rise in the years to come.
A growing number of businesses are using games and simulations to engage their employees and challenge their problem-solving capabilities. A great example of the benefits of this learning process comes from Deloitte, who were struggling to put senior executives through a leadership development program. By revamping the delivery of the lesson plan, and making it more of a gaming challenge, they reduced completion time by 50% and increased the number of daily users on their site by over 46%.
M-Learning is focused on mobile learning and with people using smartphones and tablets to access the internet, there is a need to create training plans that are compatible with these devices and the way people use these devices. Delivering good quality mobile content means plenty of images and video content and tasks that can be completed in a matter of minutes. This style of training doesn’t mean delivering less training; it just means breaking the training down into clearly defined segments, which will help people to get a grasp of every detail of their development plans.
Businesses that want to improve morale and lower their turnover of management professionals should know that the statistics suggest that increased training is a big factor in retaining staff members. The way that people go online and use their free time is changing and in 2016, there is an opportunity to develop leaders by taking advantage of the new ways that people can learn and develop.

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