Business English

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Although it is hard work, and at first can be financially tough, setting up a small business is extremely satisfying. As your company develops from a simple idea into an economic reality, you will be able to learn a lot about the industry that you are working in, and also about yourself.

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With apologies to Ralph Waldo Emerson for paraphrasing his quote , here’s an easy way to make your company stand out from the rest, in a good way or in a bad way.

It’s called consistency.

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The vast majority of job adverts call for ‘good communication skills’. It is a term that is used regularly in the workplace yet very few people understand this expression in full.

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Economies rely on a degree of overconfidence. There is a gap between present realities and future expectations without which there would be no enterprise, no investment, no credit, no commerce, and no currency.  However, at a certain point, the disconnection between reality and expectation becomes too great, and there is a need for a readjustment.   Recession is that readjustment.

Business E.T.H.I.C.S

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” Douglas Adams

Ask anyone in the world of business whether corporate ethics is an oxymoron and you are likely to get a somewhat awkward answer, full of platititudes and guff. Of course everyone believes that businesses should operate in an ethical manner, but the sad truth is that many people are willing to sacrifice their morals if it means adding a few extra zeros to their pay cheques. Some people call it "pushing the envelope", and seem to think that if it isn't strictly against the law, then it's okay.

Nowadays, it seems that every few weeks a business scandal makes the headlines.  Whilst you would assume that only large corporations could be at the centre of such a scandal, today even the little guys are having their business ethics questioned. We have looked at a few recent case studies, large and small.