Blood on the Boardroom floor

The revolving doors of senior executives are just as active at Young Enterprise companies as at Fortune 500 ones. In something of a shock move last week, StylEco decided to unseat one of their MD’s. Written warnings had been given, the HR policy had been followed and despite some dissenting voices the motion was carried. […]

Young Enterprise Crimbo round up

The Christmas Fair at St Nick’s in Bristol went really well with the girls making nearly £300. There was some tension amongst the ranks when the scheduling for being on the stand wasn’t adhered to and the stand was left under-staffed. In the end two more warnings were issued. There were no calls to shuffle […]

Deadlines & Ultimata

One of the features of life in general is that things happen, quite often in a particular sequence and usually within a specific time frame. In this instance there’s a school play next week and a major sales opportunity at the St Nick‘s market that Young Enterprise SW put on for the companies. Except stylECO […]

Communications meltdown

Back from half term and there’s been a bit of a communications meltdown, or more accurately a freeze since there hasn’t been any communications. The energy and enthusiasm of previous weeks is in danger of descending into chaos and anarchy.  Time to implement a more rigid adherance to process, agenda, action items and individual responsibility. […]

Storm a-brewing

Just out of the Board meeting with this year’s Young Enterprise company from Colston’s Girls School. They’d decided that a freeform seating plan was adding to the normal chaos of starting a new company. So instigated a seating plan. They’d also identified some key issues to do with their development as a high performing team. […]

Order out of chaos (mostly)

One of the great things about advising a Young Enterprise start-up company (at least in my experience) is the total enthusiasm and energy. Undirected energy is just noise and can turn destructive. That’s why even in the most chaotic and creative meetings, you still need an agenda and focus. The main focus today was to […]