Starting life in sales, sponsorship and promotion for a radio station, Georgina Haspell-Forster soon found her calling in Business and began her career as a Product Executive for a travel marketing company. 

She is now Head of Business Partner Development at CPP Group Plc.


Here are Georgina's Top 10 Tips for getting ahead in Business.

Business Top 10 Tips

1. Be open to new ideas and opportunities

You may not be able to walk straight into the role that you want, but taking a different position within a good company could provide you with experience and a new perspective. Working within a range of business roles will stand you in good stead when it comes to applying for the position you really want.

2. Failure is not an option, keep trying

The greatest businessmen and women all cite overcoming failure as a key trait required for success in business. Continued effort despite facing adversity serves as a valuable development tool and will make you far better equipped to deal with the requirements of the industry.

3. Learn from your mistakes

Learning doesn’t stop once you have your qualifications. Real-life in the world of business is far removed from a text book or lecture notes, on the job experience is vital for career progression. Making a mistake is unavoidable, but make sure that each mistake serves as a lesson in self-development.

4. Go after what you want

Set yourself a goal and set out to achieve it. This could be starting your own business or a specific job role that you want. Find out what it takes to accomplish your goal and be prepared to take all of the necessary steps in order to achieve it.

5. Show your passion

Whether it is a basic task, a new strategy or even your big idea for your own business, by showing passion for it you will inspire others to have a passion for it too. Businesses rely on passionate people who enjoy their work to drive the business forward.

6. Treat people how you want to be treated…it’s a small world!

Acting in a courteous manner is not only expected within business but will ensure that you and your business are viewed as professional. Good relationships are the foundation of business and everyone you work with or work for could one day be in a position to make a decision that impacts you - make sure they have a reason to make the right decision.

7. Back yourself

Don’t be put off from voicing your ideas. It is easy to dismiss a great idea because you think it has already been done or it might not work. You will never know unless you go for it.

8. Delegate

Don’t be a hero! By taking on too much you reduce your efficiency. Delegation is a key part of business, making sure that your workload is manageable and that the person with the most suitable skillset is completing each task makes for a much more productive workforce.

9. Something for nothing

Whether it means working without pay as part of a work placement or your new business offering some of its services for free for a short time, building a reputation for yourself or your company as capable and trustworthy can be invaluable and will pay dividends in the long run.

10. Surround yourself with the right people

Make sure the people you are learning from are suitable role models and associates. Working alongside likeminded, aspirational people will encourage you to demand more from yourself and realise your potential – beware of negative influences which can create disharmony and friction.

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