Robert’s Blog

Infographic: SEO trends and ranking factors for2018

There are numerous factors that affect the Google ranking of a website. That makes getting a good listing hard enough, but to make matters worse the rules are constantly changing. This summary from blogkens is a great primer for the year ahead. Read more »

Published: January 5, 2018.

AI takeover

Here’s an interesting graphic of what some experts think we can expect from AI as it develops.Source: Technology review Read more »

Published: January 4, 2018.

Infographic: Social enterprise questions

Here are the top 79 auto suggestions from Bing and Google for  questions about social enterprise. Source: Answer the Public  Read more »

Published: December 22, 2017.

Infographic: Leading the next industrial revolution

Tools and techniques to ensure your company will stand out in the new age of digitization. from strategy + business. Source: Strategy and business   Read more »

Published: August 24, 2017.

The gender pay gap: Light at the end of the funnel

I saw this in the Economist, and it makes for interesting reading. The average British woman’s salary is 29% lower than the average man’s. But women make just 1% less than men who work at the same company, at the same level and with the same responsibilities. Across Europe, the gap is similarly small. This is not to say that the labour market is free of sexism. But it suggests that the main problem is not unequal pay for equal work, but that women end up in lower-ranking jobs at lower-paying firms. Source: The Economist.   Read more »

Published: August 21, 2017.

Why be a BCorp?

As many of you (may) know I’m interested in the different ways business and enterprise can have a positive social and environmental impact.  I saw this on the @BCorpUK twitter feed, which sums up the case for BCorps quite nicely. Read more »

Published: August 21, 2017.

7 essential reads on negotiation

Want to improve your negotiation skills? Selin Kesebir, .Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, offers her seven top books Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond by Deepak Malhotra and Max Bazerman Beyond Winning: Negotiating to Create Value in Deals and Disputes by Robert Mnookin Getting Past No: Negotiating With Difficult People by Roger Fisher and William Ury Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Gary Noesner How To Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Read more »

Published: July 5, 2017.

International Safari

Last week (12th-16th June) Red Ochre were privileged to lead the #SPARKSE International Safari. Over the course of a week social enterprises from the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium met and exchanged ideas and perspectives with policy makers and commissioners, learned about approaches to innovation and social innovation and visited innovative local social enterprises in West Sussex and Brighton. The programme is led by The Platform, Brighton and West Sussex County Council and will run to the end of September 2018. Read more »

Published: June 19, 2017.

The pros and cons of crowdfunding for small business

Listen to Robert speak on crowdfunding at the Portobello Business Centre You Tube channel. This two minute bite-size video touches on what crowdfunding us useful for, what to do to have a successful campaign and when other more traditional forms of fundraising are more appropriate. Read more »

Published: May 15, 2017.

Infographic: Improving work place health

Improving work place heal from the ground up. Source: C3 Collaborating for Health, supported by The Health Foundation. Read more »

Published: March 8, 2017.

Social Enterprise Innovation Accelerator Programme

We’re pleased to share with you that Red Ochre has won the contract to develop the Social Enterprise Innovation Accelerator Programme (SEIAP) in West Sussex and Brighton. We will be working with The Platform and West Sussex County Council on this EU SPARK programme from March 2017 through to December 2018. For more information and to learn about this exciting new programme visit The Platform website. Read more »

Published: February 27, 2017.

Infographic: Unlocking Your Organizational DNA

Ten principles for empowering people and building high-performance companies. For more insight, read “The 10 Principles of Organizational DNA.” Source: strategy+business Read more »

Published: February 3, 2017.

Infographic: Five principles you can apply to your enterprise

Here’s an interesting blog and infographic on principles (or laws) that are useful for enterprises in the digital age. Source: strategy+business Read more »

Published: January 4, 2017.

Thank you from Vietnam

As it’s the season of good cheer I thought it would be nice to post a photo of a thank you notes I received earlier this year. I was privileged to be involved in a ground breaking social enterprise development programme in Hochiminh City. Some of the delegates put pen to paper to express their thanks. Read more »

Published: December 21, 2016.

Four Business Models for the Digital Age

I came across this article earlier this week by John Sviokla at Strategy and Business. It looks at business models that may (or more likely) may not be appropriate for digital organisations. The two main aspects explored are the depth and knowledge of the client relationship, and whether an organisation sits within a supply or value chain or is part of a larger eco-system. Like most theories or models it can seem incomplete at best or trite at worst. Simultaneously, however, there is a kernel of truth to this and it does seem to makes sense. There are also some Read more »

Published: December 14, 2016.