Strategy

Specificity

At this time of the year lots and lots of people will already have abandoned their good intentions (New Years Resolutions) and I was pondering why that happens. I am no exception. I have a tendency to do the same...

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Keep It Simple

I saw a recent TV report about how traditional bricks and mortar stores had had a difficult Christmas for sales. It said that online businesses had significantly outperformed their more traditional counterparts. The report featured the obligatory retail analyst to...

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Disappointing Brands

One of my learnings from the year just closed is about brands. Now there are hundreds of books and theories about brands that I don’t intend to go into here. My thoughts are based as much on my role as...

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The Law of Motion

I often talk about the journey, of life, of growing a business. I praise clients and their businesses for moving forward. The symbol for my business is a spiral, and I talk about how important it is to constantly spiral...

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Was it good for you

Here we are again. Steaming relentlessly towards the end of yet another year. Of course the same thing happens at the end of every year and it seems that every year, as we get older, the years pass more quickly....

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Never Not Manage

Business leaders and business owners often struggle with managing others and I understand that. It is difficult. It is a challenge. It is a constantly shifting scene, which takes energy and empathy to do effectively. Typically we either over-manage or...

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Do I know what is expected of me at work?

I have lifted this question straight out of the book written by Marcus Buckingham called “First Break All The Rules”. Despite having an off-putting title the book is worth reading, not least because of its association with The Gallup Organisation...

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Is it useful?

In ‘Alice in Wonderland’ there is a passage where Alice comes to a fork in the road and so she asks the Cheshire cat which road she should take. The Cheshire cat simply asks, “where are you going?” to which...

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Transformation

A recent conversation drifted towards the subject of transformation, as opposed to transaction. We were talking specifically about business performance and business growth but the conversation was hugely beneficial for me personally because it caused me to refocus on transformation....

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Because it Matters

So you have to get to work 15 minutes early just to park your car somewhere safe. That means a 10-minute walk along a dark, unlit walkway to get to the place of work. You aren’t allowed to enter through...

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Peak Experience

Foreword by Ian Kinnery A few weeks ago we celebrated an innovation when Hazel Coupe my talented business manager decided to share some of her learnings by writing a blog. Well it proved a great success for her, for our...

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Out of the frying pan

One of the most challenging concepts for a growth enterprise to master is that of the effective team. Why? Well to a great extent it is counterintuitive to many, foreign to others and represents a significant change in the way...