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BUSINESS BITES

Something as simple as a game of football can bring happiness,

meaning and hope to children around the world. But when even

possession of a functioning ball is out of reach, such games can

be short-lived or impossible. When Tim Jahningen, an inventor,

song-writer and music producer, saw young refugees in Darfur

playing with a ball made from bound-up rubbish, he was inspired

to find a simple solution to the problem. The result was a football

that never wears out, goes flat or requires a pump and can be

used on any surface, from gravel and rocks to sand and grass.

www.oneworldfutbol.com

For more on the power of play, read our interview with

Right to Play founder Johann Olav Koss on page 36.

The news from the Treasury might continue to

look gloomy, but it seems small businesses in

the UK have a more positive outlook on 2013.

According to a recent survey, just over half

of small business owners in the UK expect

their businesses to grow in 2013, despite

the challenges faced in 2012. This growth is

expected to come largely through attracting new

customers and maximising sales, although use

of social media will also play an important part.

While growth is expected to be achieved

domestically, small businesses in the UK will

be hoping to throw the net wider. 59 per cent

said their New Year business resolution is to

look for new business opportunities or diversify

their business.

Looking up

“The goal is taking risks and pushing

yourself past your comfort zone,”

said Diane Bevelander, Associate

Dean of MBAs at RotterdamSchool of

Management and a specialist in women's

leadership. RSMhas an unconventional

method of preparing students to scale the

corporate ladder – it sends themupMount

Kilimanjaro. Bevelander believes the

challenge kickstarts a new awareness

of leadership andmeans

participants are likely to

set more ambitious

career goals.

Of the 17 women who joined the

expedition, led by Rebecca Stephens,

the first British woman to climb Mount

Everest and the Seven Summits, 13

made it to the top. “I could not reach

the top due to altitude sickness, but I

learned some really good things about

myself,” said Denise Eikelenboom. “I

lost my fear of failure and I used the

practical tips from our guides to take

it slow and to live one day at a time. I

was touched by the fact that some

of the younger women said I

inspired them as a leader.”

How

to

reach

your

peak

More than half of private sector workers now think so, according

to an annual survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and

Development. 54 per cent believe their salary should reflect

performance, with 36 per cent feeling that it should be linked to

inflation and the cost of living and 32 per cent to their experience

in the profession.

The results differed, however, in the public sector, where

workers are less willing to see their pay reflect their own

performance. Only 33 per cent think salaries should be based

on this, compared to 55 per cent who thought it should reflect

inflation/the cost of living and 33 per cent on their experience.

Should pay be linked

to performance?

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