Monthly Archives: October 2009

Why Competition Is Good For You

How many outdoor clothing and equipment shops does one street need? Yesterday I was on Southampton Street in Covent Garden, London and there were at least six such stores. What do these store managers know that we don’t? The answer … Continue reading

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Bathroom Industry Leaders See Opportunities For Growth

October 29, 2009 For Immediate Release Bathroom Industry Leaders See Opportunities For Growth The UK bathroom industry is sensing recovery from the current recession. A survey of senior executives from the bathroom industry, organised by the Bathroom Manufacturers’ Association (BMA) … Continue reading

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The Beauty Of Failure

A couple of things happened yesterday to remind me that, when it comes to business, failure is seldom fatal. First, I read Luke Johnson’s article in the FT, which argued that setbacks and failures were the crucibles in which great … Continue reading

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Lessons From BA and Royal Mail: Strike Now, or Strikes Later

Click on the link to read my article, Lessons From BA and Royal Mail: Strike Now, Or Strikes Later, which has just been posted on BNET. © Stuart Cross 2009. All rights reserved.

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Speaking At The BMA Conference

I have just returned from speaking at the Bathroom Manufacturers’ Association’s (BMA) annual conference earlier today. The managers and directors attending this year’s conference have been hit hard by the recession, but, in conversation, they remain quietly optimistic about the … Continue reading

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Jenson Button: Persistence Pays Again

Click on the link to read my article, Jenson Button: Persistence Pays Again, which has just been posted on BNET. © Stuart Cross 2009. All rights reserved.

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Overcoming The Cairngorms’ Syndrome

When I was younger I used to ski quite regularly on the Scottish Cairngorms, near Aviemore. Each morning I would check the weather, knowing that the merest hint of a breeze down in the glen would mean that a gale … Continue reading

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8 Strategy Home Truths

Twice a year I host a Strategy Directors’ Forum, where strategy directors from some of the UK’s leading companies have a roundtable discussion on a wide range of topics. Last year, at our first session, the participants agreed some ‘golden … Continue reading

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George At Asda: From Rags To Riches

Click on the link to read my article, George At Asda: From Rags To Riches, which has just been posted on BNET. © Stuart Cross 2009. All rights reserved.

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Tesco USA: Fresh, But Far From Easy

Is the Tesco management team regretting the implementation strategy for its US business, Fresh & Easy? Yesterday’s reporting of Tesco’s half-year results will do little to silence the analysts and investors who are questioning the performance of this format. I … Continue reading

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