Book review: How to be a great boss by Gino Wickman and Rene Boer

How to be a Great Boss sets out to solve the age-old problem of how to motivate your workforce… and how you’re at the centre of the issue.

It is authored by Gino Wickman, the founder of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), and the implementer Rene Boer, and is a fantastic one-stop-shop for those looking to figure out how to improve employee morale and motivation.

But what does it cover, and should you be interested?

How to use strategic partnerships to grow your business

A key strategy that will help you to build your business and grow is to develop strategic partnerships.

It is one I used time and again as was expanding my business, Retail Profile Europe, and it helped me expand into Russia and Germany.

I firmly believe that you never know where your next partner is going to come from, and networking can help you to build relationships which can lead to great partnerships.

Recently I spoke to a group of entrepreneurs at the Key Person of Influence Brand Accelerator event about how I had four different strategic partnerships as I grew my business, and the benefits they brought.

If you’d like me to speak at your event, either about the benefits of strategic partnerships, negotiating skills, or how to grow your business, please just contact me to find out more.

Business plan: 10 sections to include

Every business should have a business plan – one which isn’t just written then left in a drawer, but one which is a working document, which you return to, refer to, revise and update as the business grows, changes, develops and expands.

Here are the key elements I think you need to include in your business plan:

1. Title page and contents

These are important as they mark you out as a professional, serious business – and make the document easy to use.

2. Summary of what the business does

This should be the About Us of your business answering in brief the all important who, what, where, when and how questions:

  • What you do?
  • Who does it – and who for?
  • Where you do it?
  • When you do it?
  • How you do it?

If you are planning a new venture or new product, this is the place to include this.