Safety in Numbers

I met up with a very well known and successful entrepreneur a while ago. I was surprised that his opening words were, “the trouble with most businesses Ian is that they don’t know their numbers”. After I had gotten over...



‘Strictly Come Dancing’ yields some useful lessons for all business leaders and indeed for anyone wanting to develop a higher level of performance. Every year the band of celebrities come together and start to learn how to dance. They all...


The Third Discipline of Execution

The Meeting Rhythm is the third of the disciplines of execution. I know that most of us dislike meetings, but think about it. How else do you communicate effectively all that needs to be communicated in a business of any...


The Second Discipline of Execution.

Where I live, out in the country, broadband was so slow that I invested once in satellite broadband. The concept seemed like a winner but in fact it was useless and unworkable. Why? Because there was a limit on our...


The First Discipline of Execution

The first discipline that is necessary for excellent execution we call ‘priorities’. Every business faces the same challenge. There is always too much to do and too little time to do it in. As the numbers of people in a...


As Homer Says

I have noticed that there are some leaders who are able to hold challenging conversations easily and effortlessly, who are able to communicate difficult and often unpleasant news with equanimity, balance and effectiveness, who are able to ‘trade in the...



I wonder, how much attention do we pay to the environment that we are creating? I am not necessarily referring to the physical environment, such as the space, furniture, design etcetera, although that is undoubtedly important; but the cultural and...



It’s an interesting word and you may feel that it has little or no place in business but the opposite is surely true. As Google is my friend I looked up the word and one of the definitions said “a...


Take A Little Time

One of the organisations I am involved with used to have a ritual at the beginning of every board meeting. It used to open with a prayer. Now I am not a particularly or overtly religious person and over time...


Business Imperative

One of the best things about owning or leading your own business is that you are accountable to no-one. One of the worst things about owning or leading your own business is that you are accountable to no-one. It is...



It is inconceivable that as a species we do not relish stretch. Our species is unique for having an evolutionary history which has overcome every challenge set before it, from the discovery of fire to the invention of the wheel...



There is a piece in Alice in Wonderland which goes something like this. “Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t...

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