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Articles by Matthew Needham

Matthew Needham shows businesses how to grow by improving business processes and reducing costs. He is a business change specialist, consultant, small business coach and interim manager. You can find out more by clicking on the about tab.

5 Tools To Grow Your Business
Sunday, 14 Sep, 2014 – 14:45 | Comments Off

One of the most common queries I get from business owners is what tools do I recommend for this or that aspect of growing a business. I’ve put together a list of my top 5 tools I use to grow my business in my Ultimate Tools Cheat Sheet. These are the tools I use everyday [...]

Free Chapter: How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off
Monday, 25 Aug, 2014 – 6:00 | Comments Off

  Free chapter download: How To Make Your Business Plan Lift Off Whether you’re starting a business, seeking funding or looking for board approval, you want to give it the best shot at making it a success. How to make your business plan lift off is practical book I wrote to give you the knowledge [...]

The Purpose Of A Business
Monday, 28 Jul, 2014 – 6:00 | Comments Off

  The Purpose of a Business   What is the purpose of a business? To make money? To make world beating products? To change the world? The purpose of a business, as Peter Drucker, the management guru famously said, is to create a customer. Which means that if the purpose of a business is to [...]

How To Prioritise Projects
Monday, 21 Jul, 2014 – 6:00 | Comments Off

A Simple System To Prioritise Projects   Most of the time we have too many projects on the go which makes prioritising projects a nightmare. If we knew how to prioritise projects better then we’d get more done. But it’s not just getting more stuff done that will grow your business.  No, It’s doing the [...]

The Time Management System Worth $2.9m
Monday, 14 Jul, 2014 – 6:00 | Comments Off

Steve Jobs once said that “the most precious resource we all have is time”. So it’s no wonder that so many of us are obsessed with managing time more successfully by adopting the perfect time management system. But how can any time management system be worth $2.9m? I first came across this story in the [...]

The Best Management Books
Tuesday, 3 Jun, 2014 – 12:00 | Comments Off

The Best Management Books (That aren’t actually about management). I’m often asked, what are the best management books? Over the years I’ve read many management books. Books about managing people, managing customers, managing suppliers, managing productivity, the list goes on. Many of which have left me underwhelmed and some have left me disappointed. Even books [...]

Beware of The Bright Shiny Object Syndrome
Thursday, 24 Apr, 2014 – 6:00 | Comments Off

Bright Shiny Object Syndrome, is in my experience, the biggest problem facing most business owners and entrepreneurs today. Chances are, you’re a sufferer too. You see, entrepreneurs by their very nature, see opportunity at every turn. They look to make things better, meet a need, provide a cheaper alternative or fix a problem. It’s not [...]

How To Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done
Tuesday, 25 Mar, 2014 – 6:00 | Comments Off

  Procrastinating is the act of putting important and urgent things off by doing something more interesting or more pleasurable. Like watching TV, or by using the biggest time suck of all: Facebook. “My advice is never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickens Of course, [...]