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How to Stop Making Plans and Start Taking Decisions

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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2020 has been the year that the best-laid plans were disrupted on a scale never seen before. No-one could have predicted the pandemic and its effect on organisations across the globe; indeed, we are still yet to see what the full results could bring.  We are in a time of critical business change. Executives and business decision-makers have had to go back to the drawing board with many of their 2020 plans. But the question remains – how do we plan for the future when the future has proven to be uncertain? In today’s blog, we look at the difference between planning and decision-making and...
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These Are the 4 Main Growth Strategies to Implement for Success

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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What does business growth look like in a post-pandemic world? Are the traditional growth strategies that have worked for years still relevant?  These are the questions that tech business owners and executives are asking themselves as the world adapts to our ‘new normal’. Success in a post-pandemic world will require a slightly adapted growth strategy, building on the changes the pandemic has caused and taking advantage of innovation and momentum in the sector right now. Payment tech companies have adapted to remote work, increased their offerings for customers, created new solutions to novel problems plus many other challenges in recent months...
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How to Source New Digital Payment Talent for Your Business

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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The skills that you need in your payment tech company are constantly evolving. Payment technology is expanding more rapidly than the rest of the tech sector, with investment in payment-related fintech double that of other tech industries.  A recent report by the Emerging Payments Association has found that the pandemic will only accelerate this trend, with demand for payment technology set to increase dramatically in the coming months and years. While this is good news for payment tech companies regarding growth opportunities, it creates the dilemma of recruiting – where can you find the right talent to bring on board who will make a difference in your company...
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The Impact of Nationalisation on GDP

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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Integrating more nationals into the labour market is an issue that countries in the GCC have faced for many years. Due to rapid and sustained growth, the region had no choice but to rely on overseas labour, a move which, while successful in terms of business development, threatened the identity of many GCC countries. To redress this balance, nationalisation was introduced, with the sole purpose of helping local people move into local jobs. The move was not only about helping strengthen national identity; it aimed to create an infrastructure which would serve the generations to come. The issue of nationalisation is a complex and multifaceted one, with positives...
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Can the Tech Skills Gap Be Closed?

by Mark Nancarrow in career
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As advancements in technology increased at a dramatic rate over the last 15 years, an indisputable gap opened up between the available technology and the people who were qualified to work and develop projects at this level. The skills gap has been a problem threatening the tech sector for years – has the situation changed? Unfortunately, no. The skills gap, while it is changing and evolving along with advancements, is still a pertinent issue, made worse by recent global events. In the Middle East, the demand for skilled workers currently exceeds supply. The UAE and Saudi Arabia are expected to miss out on US$14.46 billion and...
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