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My six biggest mistakes of 2016

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Like most of us, I fuck-up pretty regularly. Also like most of us, I don’t like admitting when I get something wrong. I’m learning to a) admit mistakes and errors of judgement to myself and those affected and b) do my utmost to learn from those mistakes to minimise the chances of me making them again. Reflecting on the past year, I made a lot of cock-ups. Some were borne of lack of experience...

Doing the simple things properly: our new benefits package

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With the benefit of hindsight, we tried to run before we could walk. I had grand plans to rapidly instigate a massive step-change in our company culture. But we tried to do this without having laid the necessary foundations. I’ve learnt that when it comes to culture-building, before you start experimenting with the fun stuff, it’s critical that you have a great benefits packages in place first...

Measuring the unmeasurable: the value of Château Clarity

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In November, every team member (bar one, unfortunately), from all three Clarity offices, downed tools for three working days and convened in a Château in rural France. The costs associated with transatlantic flights, taking-over a Château, food and drinks, a motivational speaker and many other incidental things besides were very considerable. When combined with the opportunity cost of 30 members...

“You can’t crack an egg with a pickaxe”. Four things I’ve learnt about building a great company culture.

This time last year, I launched Project Heartbeat – an initiative designed to effect a fundamental positive change to my company’s culture. At the time, our staff turnover was horrendous, morale was universally low and I felt deflated and disinterested in my own company.  Today, we have a significantly more engaged and motivated team. Staff churn has slowed to almost zero. I feel excited...

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I'm Sami: founder & CEO of Clarity PR and occasional angel investor. I blog here about entrepreneurship, leadership, building great company cultures, angel investing, fatherhood and personal development.

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