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Navigating Success: Unleashing the Power of Vision

MenuContact Menu Navigating Success: Unleashing the Power of Vision Light that fire, leaders. Let’s talk about your North Star!  That beacon which guides your business towards unprecedented heights. Identifying and harnessing it carries weight. It’s not a suggestion. It’s a necessity for a transformative journey.  The North Star is your vision.  It’s the reason you…

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Forward Thinking Adds Spice to Business Success as Proud Sponsor of East Lancashire Chamber’s Curry Club

MenuContact Menu Forward Thinking UK Adds Spice to Business Success as Proud Sponsor of East Lancashire Chamber’s Curry Club We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of East Lancashire Chamber’s renowned Curry Club. This partnership marks an exciting collaboration between Forward Thinking UK and Curry Club, bringing together a sizzling blend of business expertise and…

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Forward Thinking UK Expands Nationwide with Third Franchise, Welcoming Ian Wilkinson as Franchisee in Devon

MenuContact Menu Forward Thinking UK Expands Nationwide with Third Franchise, Welcoming Ian Wilkinson as Franchisee in Devon Forward Thinking UK, the renowned business coaching company is thrilled to announce the launch of its third franchise, expanding its influence and impact. Operating out of Devon, the new franchise is led by the experienced and enthusiastic Ian…

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Engaged Workforces: The Transformative Role of Recognition

MenuContact Menu Engaged Workforces: The Transformative Role of Recognition In 2001, I was told by my HR Director that my “people-centred approach to management was not common and that others would need some convincing”, and 23 years on I continue to fight for a People-First approach in which recognition plays a vital role. Ask any…

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Unlocking Success: The Transparency Advantage

MenuContact Menu Unlocking Success: The Transparency Advantage Every enterprise has a hidden powerhouse at its core. A dynamic force often neglected in the race for numbers.  The good news? This powerhouse is not some sort of mythical secret. It’s transparent communication – the cornerstone of accountability and the catalyst for transformative change.  The bad news?…

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How to Enhance Your Leadership Skills and Boost Your Business Performance

MenuContact Menu How to Enhance Your Leadership Skills and Boost Your Business Performance Introduction  Leadership is one of the most critical business skills. Influential leaders inspire employees, improve company culture, and drive better results. But leadership skills aren’t just for CEOs. They are valuable for managers at every level. Whether you lead a team of…

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How to Develop a Growth Strategy for Your Business

MenuContact Menu How to Develop a Growth Strategy for Your Business Introduction Business leaders face a huge challenge when it comes to scaling their businesses. With so many variables involved in growth, it can be hard to know where to start. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, here’s a framework for thinking about your business growth…

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Forward Thinking UK Announces Exciting Partnership with Let’s Make A Difference to Make a Positive Impact In Lancashire

MenuContact Menu Forward Thinking UK Announces Exciting Partnership with Let’s Make A Difference to Make a Positive Impact In Lancashire Forward Thinking UK, a leader in business growth, transformation, business community building, and a trusted brand throughout Lancashire, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Let’s Make A Difference, an impactful and newly established…

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Crafting the Perfect Company Vision Statement: 5 Steps to Success

MenuContact Menu Crafting the Perfect Company Vision Statement: 5 Steps to Success Introduction Every successful business has a well-crafted vision statement that reflects its long-term goals and aspirations. A company’s vision statement embodies its purpose and mission. It acts as a strategic guide to shape its decisions and actions. But creating a perfect vision statement…

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How to Define Your Company Culture: A Comprehensive Guide

MenuContact Menu How to Define Your Company Culture: A Comprehensive Guide Introduction A lot has been written about company culture, and it may be something you know about and have disregarded in the past. After all, if you have customers who love your products/services, your staff seem relatively happy, and you’re making money, what else…

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Forward Thinking UK Expands with Second Franchise Location

MenuContact Menu Forward Thinking UK Expands with Second Franchise Location Forward Thinking UK, a leader in business growth, transformation, business community building, and a trusted brand throughout Lancashire, is excited to announce the opening of its second franchise location in South Manchester. This significant milestone marks the continued growth and success of the Forward Thinking…

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Unlocking the 7 Key Qualities of a Transformational Leader

MenuContact Menu Unlocking the 7 Key Qualities of a Transformational Leader Introduction How are business coaches shaping the leadership profiles of their clients these days? One leadership model that’s growing in popularity is Transformational Leadership. In this article, you’ll learn how transformational leaders take a selfless approach to inspire and motivate their teams to achieve…

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Why Should You Care About Your Company’s Values and Culture?

MenuContact Menu Why Should You Care About Your Company’s Values and Culture? Introduction A quick answer to that question would be something like, “Because it’s not 1985 anymore”.  In general, most modern businesses at least understand the idea of values and culture, even if they don’t do anything about them. So, for the business leaders…

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Leading by Example: Why Authenticity is Critical for Business Leaders

MenuContact Menu Leading by Example: Why Authenticity is Critical for Business Leaders Business leadership is more than just titles and positions. It is about guidance, inspiration, and motivation to achieve collective success. A true leader leads by example, is authentic and transparent in their dealings and inspires others to do the same. Authenticity is critical…

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Why Investing in Coaching is Worthwhile for Long-Term Business Success

MenuContact Menu Why Investing in Coaching is Worthwhile for Long-Term Business Success Introduction As a business leader, you’re always looking for ways to improve productivity and performance within your company. But have you ever considered investing in coaching to achieve those goals? Business coaching has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason.…

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Don’t Think Outside The Box: Smash It And Get Innovative

MenuContact Menu Don’t Think Outside The Box: Smash It And Get Innovative Innovation is not just a trendy buzzword. In today’s fast-paced world, businesses that don’t innovate die. Companies that encourage innovation typically outperform their competitors and succeed in today’s market. The key is to create a company culture that fosters creativity and experimentation. But…

Read more

Building A Bulletproof Company Culture Through Effective Leadership

MenuContact Menu Building A Bulletproof Company Culture Through Effective Leadership Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, having an influential and strong company culture is essential for success. A positive company culture helps motivate employees to perform better, increases productivity, and creates a sense of job satisfaction.  But creating such an environment isn’t…

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Leadership vs Management: Understanding the Key Differences for Business Success

MenuContact Menu Leadership vs Management: Understanding the Key Differences for Business Success Introduction Aspiring to be a successful business leader? Remember, leadership and management are different skills, so be careful not to confuse the two. Both are critical to your company’s success but require different approaches. Learning the differences between leadership and management is the…

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Why Skilled Tradespeople Need Business Coaches

MenuContact Menu Why Skilled Tradespeople Need Business Coaches Introduction Remember when you did your apprenticeship? Apart from the hilarious pranks involving buckets of steam, long stands, and tartan paint, you learned a trade. You worked alongside skilled people you could learn from and grow as a person. Maybe you’ve risen through the ranks and are…

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Why a Positive Company Culture is Critical for Employee Engagement and Retention

MenuContact Menu Why a Positive Company Culture is Critical for Employee Engagement and Retention Introduction As a business leader, it’s easy to get bogged down with numbers and metrics like profit margins, sales growth, and customer satisfaction. And don’t get us wrong; those are all critical measures you should know intimately. However, if you’re not…

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Unlocking the Power of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

MenuContact Menu Unlocking the Power of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership Introduction Being an effective leader is about more than just having the right credentials or experience. It’s also about h̶a̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ a̶ s̶n̶a̶z̶z̶y̶ c̶a̶r̶ being able to connect with and understand your team, recognising their needs and motivating them to succeed.  And to do that well, you…

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Can you Overcome these Five Business Challenges on Your Own?

MenuContact Menu Can you Overcome these Five Business Challenges on Your Own? If you’re like most business leaders, you’ll probably feel like you have to tackle all of your company’s problems on your own. After all, it’s your business. You started it. You’re the one who’s supposed to have the vision. And you’re the one…

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Think you need a business coach? Here are all the reasons you’re damn right!

MenuContact Menu Think you need a business coach? Here are all the reasons you’re damn right! Have you ever wondered why elite athletes have coaches and mentors?  Sure, they have the talent and skill to be successful, but having a coach helps them stay at the top of their game. Guess what? This same concept…

Read more

The Real Secret to Attracting and Retaining the Best People for Your Business

MenuContact Menu The Real Secret to Attracting and Retaining the Best People for Your Business So it turns out that the secret to attracting and retaining the best people for your business isn’t about gimmicks like having an office UFC Octagon, “Dress like a Lord of the Rings character Tuesday”, or even a “bring your…

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What is Business Culture? [and 5 Ways to Improve Yours]

MenuContact Menu What is Business Culture? [and 5 Ways to Improve Yours] Introduction Ask any HR professional what the most important factor in attracting and retaining top talent is, and they’ll likely say “culture.” But what exactly is business culture? It’s more than just having a pool table in the break room or allowing employees…

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Business Networking in 2022: What to Expect and How to Succeed

MenuContact Menu Business Networking in 2022: What to Expect and How to Succeed Introduction Networking is one of the most effective tools for business development. It’s a great way to connect with potential customers and partners and help you build relationships with other businesses in your industry. Additionally, networking can help you generate new ideas…

Read more

Navigating Success: Unleashing the Power of Vision

MenuContact Menu Navigating Success: Unleashing the Power of Vision Light that fire, leaders. Let’s talk about your North Star!  That beacon which guides your business towards unprecedented heights. Identifying and harnessing it carries weight. It’s not a suggestion. It’s a necessity for a transformative journey.  The North Star is your vision.  It’s the reason you…

Read more

Forward Thinking Adds Spice to Business Success as Proud Sponsor of East Lancashire Chamber’s Curry Club

MenuContact Menu Forward Thinking UK Adds Spice to Business Success as Proud Sponsor of East Lancashire Chamber’s Curry Club We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of East Lancashire Chamber’s renowned Curry Club. This partnership marks an exciting collaboration between Forward Thinking UK and Curry Club, bringing together a sizzling blend of business expertise and…

Read more

Forward Thinking UK Expands Nationwide with Third Franchise, Welcoming Ian Wilkinson as Franchisee in Devon

MenuContact Menu Forward Thinking UK Expands Nationwide with Third Franchise, Welcoming Ian Wilkinson as Franchisee in Devon Forward Thinking UK, the renowned business coaching company is thrilled to announce the launch of its third franchise, expanding its influence and impact. Operating out of Devon, the new franchise is led by the experienced and enthusiastic Ian…

Read more

Engaged Workforces: The Transformative Role of Recognition

MenuContact Menu Engaged Workforces: The Transformative Role of Recognition In 2001, I was told by my HR Director that my “people-centred approach to management was not common and that others would need some convincing”, and 23 years on I continue to fight for a People-First approach in which recognition plays a vital role. Ask any…

Read more

Unlocking Success: The Transparency Advantage

MenuContact Menu Unlocking Success: The Transparency Advantage Every enterprise has a hidden powerhouse at its core. A dynamic force often neglected in the race for numbers.  The good news? This powerhouse is not some sort of mythical secret. It’s transparent communication – the cornerstone of accountability and the catalyst for transformative change.  The bad news?…

Read more

How to Enhance Your Leadership Skills and Boost Your Business Performance

MenuContact Menu How to Enhance Your Leadership Skills and Boost Your Business Performance Introduction  Leadership is one of the most critical business skills. Influential leaders inspire employees, improve company culture, and drive better results. But leadership skills aren’t just for CEOs. They are valuable for managers at every level. Whether you lead a team of…

Read more

How to Develop a Growth Strategy for Your Business

MenuContact Menu How to Develop a Growth Strategy for Your Business Introduction Business leaders face a huge challenge when it comes to scaling their businesses. With so many variables involved in growth, it can be hard to know where to start. While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, here’s a framework for thinking about your business growth…

Read more

Forward Thinking UK Announces Exciting Partnership with Let’s Make A Difference to Make a Positive Impact In Lancashire

MenuContact Menu Forward Thinking UK Announces Exciting Partnership with Let’s Make A Difference to Make a Positive Impact In Lancashire Forward Thinking UK, a leader in business growth, transformation, business community building, and a trusted brand throughout Lancashire, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with Let’s Make A Difference, an impactful and newly established…

Read more

Crafting the Perfect Company Vision Statement: 5 Steps to Success

MenuContact Menu Crafting the Perfect Company Vision Statement: 5 Steps to Success Introduction Every successful business has a well-crafted vision statement that reflects its long-term goals and aspirations. A company’s vision statement embodies its purpose and mission. It acts as a strategic guide to shape its decisions and actions. But creating a perfect vision statement…

Read more

How to Define Your Company Culture: A Comprehensive Guide

MenuContact Menu How to Define Your Company Culture: A Comprehensive Guide Introduction A lot has been written about company culture, and it may be something you know about and have disregarded in the past. After all, if you have customers who love your products/services, your staff seem relatively happy, and you’re making money, what else…

Read more

Forward Thinking UK Expands with Second Franchise Location

MenuContact Menu Forward Thinking UK Expands with Second Franchise Location Forward Thinking UK, a leader in business growth, transformation, business community building, and a trusted brand throughout Lancashire, is excited to announce the opening of its second franchise location in South Manchester. This significant milestone marks the continued growth and success of the Forward Thinking…

Read more

Unlocking the 7 Key Qualities of a Transformational Leader

MenuContact Menu Unlocking the 7 Key Qualities of a Transformational Leader Introduction How are business coaches shaping the leadership profiles of their clients these days? One leadership model that’s growing in popularity is Transformational Leadership. In this article, you’ll learn how transformational leaders take a selfless approach to inspire and motivate their teams to achieve…

Read more

Why Should You Care About Your Company’s Values and Culture?

MenuContact Menu Why Should You Care About Your Company’s Values and Culture? Introduction A quick answer to that question would be something like, “Because it’s not 1985 anymore”.  In general, most modern businesses at least understand the idea of values and culture, even if they don’t do anything about them. So, for the business leaders…

Read more

Leading by Example: Why Authenticity is Critical for Business Leaders

MenuContact Menu Leading by Example: Why Authenticity is Critical for Business Leaders Business leadership is more than just titles and positions. It is about guidance, inspiration, and motivation to achieve collective success. A true leader leads by example, is authentic and transparent in their dealings and inspires others to do the same. Authenticity is critical…

Read more

Why Investing in Coaching is Worthwhile for Long-Term Business Success

MenuContact Menu Why Investing in Coaching is Worthwhile for Long-Term Business Success Introduction As a business leader, you’re always looking for ways to improve productivity and performance within your company. But have you ever considered investing in coaching to achieve those goals? Business coaching has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason.…

Read more

Don’t Think Outside The Box: Smash It And Get Innovative

MenuContact Menu Don’t Think Outside The Box: Smash It And Get Innovative Innovation is not just a trendy buzzword. In today’s fast-paced world, businesses that don’t innovate die. Companies that encourage innovation typically outperform their competitors and succeed in today’s market. The key is to create a company culture that fosters creativity and experimentation. But…

Read more

Building A Bulletproof Company Culture Through Effective Leadership

MenuContact Menu Building A Bulletproof Company Culture Through Effective Leadership Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, having an influential and strong company culture is essential for success. A positive company culture helps motivate employees to perform better, increases productivity, and creates a sense of job satisfaction.  But creating such an environment isn’t…

Read more

Leadership vs Management: Understanding the Key Differences for Business Success

MenuContact Menu Leadership vs Management: Understanding the Key Differences for Business Success Introduction Aspiring to be a successful business leader? Remember, leadership and management are different skills, so be careful not to confuse the two. Both are critical to your company’s success but require different approaches. Learning the differences between leadership and management is the…

Read more

Why Skilled Tradespeople Need Business Coaches

MenuContact Menu Why Skilled Tradespeople Need Business Coaches Introduction Remember when you did your apprenticeship? Apart from the hilarious pranks involving buckets of steam, long stands, and tartan paint, you learned a trade. You worked alongside skilled people you could learn from and grow as a person. Maybe you’ve risen through the ranks and are…

Read more

Why a Positive Company Culture is Critical for Employee Engagement and Retention

MenuContact Menu Why a Positive Company Culture is Critical for Employee Engagement and Retention Introduction As a business leader, it’s easy to get bogged down with numbers and metrics like profit margins, sales growth, and customer satisfaction. And don’t get us wrong; those are all critical measures you should know intimately. However, if you’re not…

Read more

Unlocking the Power of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

MenuContact Menu Unlocking the Power of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership Introduction Being an effective leader is about more than just having the right credentials or experience. It’s also about h̶a̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ a̶ s̶n̶a̶z̶z̶y̶ c̶a̶r̶ being able to connect with and understand your team, recognising their needs and motivating them to succeed.  And to do that well, you…

Read more

Can you Overcome these Five Business Challenges on Your Own?

MenuContact Menu Can you Overcome these Five Business Challenges on Your Own? If you’re like most business leaders, you’ll probably feel like you have to tackle all of your company’s problems on your own. After all, it’s your business. You started it. You’re the one who’s supposed to have the vision. And you’re the one…

Read more

Think you need a business coach? Here are all the reasons you’re damn right!

MenuContact Menu Think you need a business coach? Here are all the reasons you’re damn right! Have you ever wondered why elite athletes have coaches and mentors?  Sure, they have the talent and skill to be successful, but having a coach helps them stay at the top of their game. Guess what? This same concept…

Read more

The Real Secret to Attracting and Retaining the Best People for Your Business

MenuContact Menu The Real Secret to Attracting and Retaining the Best People for Your Business So it turns out that the secret to attracting and retaining the best people for your business isn’t about gimmicks like having an office UFC Octagon, “Dress like a Lord of the Rings character Tuesday”, or even a “bring your…

Read more

What is Business Culture? [and 5 Ways to Improve Yours]

MenuContact Menu What is Business Culture? [and 5 Ways to Improve Yours] Introduction Ask any HR professional what the most important factor in attracting and retaining top talent is, and they’ll likely say “culture.” But what exactly is business culture? It’s more than just having a pool table in the break room or allowing employees…

Read more

Business Networking in 2022: What to Expect and How to Succeed

MenuContact Menu Business Networking in 2022: What to Expect and How to Succeed Introduction Networking is one of the most effective tools for business development. It’s a great way to connect with potential customers and partners and help you build relationships with other businesses in your industry. Additionally, networking can help you generate new ideas…

Read more