Leadership

On Teams 2

Despite the measurable benefits, mental health, efficiency and effectiveness as well as profitability of operating as a team, Pat Lencioni was bang on when he said “genuine teamwork is as illusive as it has ever been” in his must read...

Leadership

On Teams 1

I am a big fan of teams. I think I always have been and I don’t mean Microsoft’s Zoom competitor. I mean a team of people working together towards a common purpose. I have always enjoyed being part of a...

Strategy

An unexpected challenge

I have noticed an unwelcome side effect of the global pandemic. When lockdown came in March 2020 I think I reacted pretty well. I was decisive and adapted quickly to pivot how I operated my business and with my clients....

Leadership

Play to your strengths

Running a small business and a big business are very different things. I know I have done both. Small businesses often fall into the trap of trying to do what big companies do. That is usually a big mistake. It...

Strategy

We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls

Have you ever received this message when you have dialled a company or a helpline? It seems to be the default position these days. Of course there will be times when demand can outstrip supply but if this is a...

Leadership

A Complex Business

Running a business is intensely satisfying and massively scary at the same time. It is also a real challenge. It is a challenge because it requires a wide range of skills to do it well. To perform anything well we...

Strategy

The Only Silver Bullet

We seem to all have a knack for seriously misdiagnosing our business ailments. You will hear it nearly as often as I do; ‘if only I could generate more leads’, or ‘if only I had better PR’ or ‘better marketing’,...

Leadership

Heroes all

It is a time for appreciating our heroes and heroines. We are in the midst of the delayed Olympics. Once again we are witnessing extraordinary feats all around. The British and Irish Lions are in South Africa competing well in...

Leadership

Inch By Inch

After almost a year of lockdown I was relatively pleased. I had managed to stay reasonably fit (by walking the dog) and had kept the weight off, but I realised I was less strong and flexible than I was and...

Strategy

Throwing the Dyno

In climbing circles, a “dyno” (short for dynamic) is a quick gymnastic leap to a distant hold. If you miss you can get pretty banged up. It is a way of getting unstuck when you have run out of holds...

Leadership

Why we get stuck

Movement happens when the force to move (driving force) overcomes the inertia, the force to stay still. When we start a business there is a lot of drive at the beginning. This comes in the form of enthusiasm to grow,...

Leadership

What Business Leaders Can Learn From Strictly

I am not a fan of reality TV programs, but in my house watching Strictly Come Dancing is simply not for debate. One of the dogs even has to endure the wearing of a diamante collar for the duration! But...