How does one describe a man whose first book - a record of his career as an undertaker - was entitled How To Become Dead Rich? "Enviable" might do, if the man in question is Howard Hodgson, who sold out his undertaking business in January 1991 for £5.8 million. Having cornered the British corpse market - Hodgson's competition, unlike his clientele, can scarcely be described as having been stiff - the ex-thanatopractitioner is now making inroads among the living with a firm called Prontac, a franchised accounting service for small businesses. After six months, Prontac has already turned over £500,000, and Hodgson projects a £2 million turnover by year two; there are also suggestions of a flotation within 18 months. Hodgson's success has been well deserved. Any man willing to admit to having been both an undertaker and an accountant in one lifetime deserves all our admiration. Perhaps dentistry next?
Leadership from a distance requires carefully study of human nature, says L&D specialist Sudhakar Sampath.
Leadership from a distance requires a careful study of human nature, says L&D specialist Sudhakar Sampath.
Set up shop and they shall come? Not so fast, says private equity investor Chris Hurley.
Moving office? Restructuring? New IT system? Change needn't be painful if it's managed well.
Finding time, living fearlessly and leading at speed are on this month's boardroom reading list.
Equitable Life's days have been numbered ever since its 1990s fall from grace, but it hasn't taken decline lying down.