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

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...

Leadership

Integrity

Whenever I read a good business case study, I am struck by the level of integrity at play, and by integrity I don’t mean moral or ethical integrity, in this case. I refer to how joined up the thinking, the...

Strategy

Clear Strategy, Rigorous Execution

As lockdown hit I helped clients develop an interim strategy. For one business it was very simple, ‘to survive so that we can come out the other side stronger knowing that some of our competitors won’t survive’ The strategy was...

Leadership

Double Standards

One of the biggest challenges of the global pandemic comes from the forced closure of so many schools and places of education and I read an interesting article recently about what they were calling ‘learning loss’, discussing the possible downstream...

Leadership

Aimless

There is a plaque on the wall of my coaching room that reads ‘Clarity is Power’, and it is one of the most frequently used phrases in that location. For me it is a truism, clarity really is power. Yet,...

Strategy

Time to Reset

Whenever there is a break it is a time to reflect and an opportunity to make changes. After almost a year of lockdown it seems like we are about to emerge from this enforced break. So what have you reflected...

People

Elite or Mediocre

I don’t know too many professional athletes, but those I do know generally have one thing in common which is a knowledge of, an understanding of and respect for their bodies. Of course, an athlete’s body is the ‘instrument’ that...

Strategy

Don’t go setting goals for 2021 this Christmas

If you are like me, the Christmas break is a great time to take stock on what you have achieved in the year just ending and reset your goals for the year just about to start. It is a habit...

People

Listen, really Listen

Communication is one of the most important activities for any human being, yet I am not aware of communication being taught in any of our schools. 60% of effective communication comes not from the ability to speak but from the...

Strategy

Reduce Staff Costs

We all love to get a bargain and get something cheap. This is a challenge when we apply it to hiring talent. It might seem sensible when a business is small to pay the least possible for the labour you...

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