Execution

If You’re Not Fast

I was on a fascinating CEO summit yesterday. Guest speakers were some of (in my opinion) the leading business thought leaders of the day. They included Jim Collins; ‘Good to Great’ and ‘Turning the Flywheel’; Verne Harnish; ‘Scaling Up’ and...

Leadership

Looking Forward

As we begin to think about the future and coming out of lockdown I think there is one incontrovertible fact. No matter what the bounce back (bounce forward) looks like, business post Covid will be more difficult than it was...

Leadership

Passion, Risk and Courage

I recently came upon this quote from Joan Of Arc: ‘I know this now. Everyman gives his life to what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing and so...

Leadership

Stack the Deck

Every Monday morning the incidence of heart attacks spikes across the western world. A high proportion of the population admit to poor sleep on a Sunday night. The reason? The anxiety caused by returning to the workplace. So right now...

Leadership

Waiting for the Rugby Ball to Bounce

Anyone who has ever played or even watched the game of rugby knows that it is best not to let the ball bounce. Because of its odd shape it is very difficult to predict where it will bounce to. That...

Leadership

A Win; Win On Steroids.

I have always loved the concept of win; win and I teach it a lot. I learned Jim Rohn’s definition which is that a win; win is never a compromise. For a win; win to be possible, party A has...

Leadership

Don’t even think about bouncing back

Sooner or later the restrictions brought on by Covid19 will begin to ease and I hear constant references to bouncing back. Don’t even think about bouncing back. This is more than a crisis, it is an opportunity; an opportunity to...

Leadership

One Huge Experiment

A Huge Experiment I am fortunate in that I speak with lots of business owners and leaders every week and I have been blown away by their resilience and adaptability in these times. This week I held session for the...

Leadership

Are You Ready?

So as the clock keeps on ticking and day passes lockdown day and week passes lockdown week, and the initial panic starts to fade I wonder what you are going to do now? For many the time might be just...

Execution

The Importance of Getting to Action

The psychological journey that we refer to as the grief cycle is particularly relevant to us all right now. Often referred to as the five stages of grief or the Kübler-Ross model it tracks our psychological state from denial, through...

Leadership

Which W are you?

A friend, fellow Scaling Up Coach and red wine drinker from the USA has noticed that businesses are falling into four categories in the current climate. An interesting observation. Which one most closely represents your position? There are challenges and...

Leadership

Leading in a crisis

A Framework for Leading in a Crisis To call these unprecedented times is a euphemism. Nobody has ever experienced what we are experiencing now in businesses across the world. I am continuing to do what I have been doing for...