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...

People

Number 1 Competency

Businesses are uniquely people centric entities. By that I mean they are comprised of people, created by people and powered by people in order to serve people by providing something that has a value to them, and yet so often...

Leadership

Feel like a social worker?

One of the complaints I hear too often is ‘As my business has grown I seem to spend more and more time working with people problems. Sometimes I feel just like a social worker’ The irony is that too many...

Leadership

Not necessarily in the right order

Do you remember that classic Morecombe and Wise sketch with Andre Previn, or was it Andrew Preview? Eric insisted he was playing all the right notes, just not necessarily in the right order. We often make life difficult by failing...

Leadership

Culture

The words below come from the foreword to ‘Culture Renovation and are written by Tom Rath. They are so powerful they are worth sharing. Culture is the underlying fabric that holds an organization together. When the fabric is strong, groups...

Leadership

Dysfunctional Teams

I was interested to read some recent research that shows that 75% of cross functional teams are dysfunctional. My first question was what are the signs that would indicate that a team is dysfunctional? There are some clear measures. Teams...

Leadership

Don’t Go Back There

The global pandemic has affected different people and different businesses in different ways. One of the things I am seeing a lot of is that many businesses, having successfully scaled back and survived are now having to scale up again....

Leadership

It is about more than surviving

When we hit a major crisis, it’s all about survival right? Yes, but no, but! Of course we have to survive otherwise it is game over, but surviving is really just the beginning. A major crisis should cause us to...

Strategy

Don’t set targets

As the business leader you may well be target driven and understand the need for the business to hit certain performance figures. It is important, I believe, to have a scoreboard, or a series of scoreboards, in the business. Rockefeller...