Monthly Archives: December 2009

Turning Resolutions Into Results (Part 1)

Click on the link to read my article, Turning Resolutions Into Results (Part 1), which has just been posted on BNET. © Stuart Cross 2009. All rights reserved.

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The Essence Of Excellence

I don’t usually post quotes here, but this is an exception. I am grateful to Alan for making this quote available to me. It’s from the former US Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, John W. Gardner’s book, Excellence (first … Continue reading

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Business Lessons From The Latest Failed Airline Bomb Plot

Nothing adds complexity, wastes time and reduces the effectiveness of organisations as much as solving problems by focusing on effect rather than cause. Take the immediate response to the latest failed terrorist attack. By adding to the number and length … Continue reading

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Respect For Failure Encourages Innovation

Click on the link to read my article, Respect For Failure Encourages Innovation, which has just been posted on BNET. © Stuart Cross 2009. All rights reserved.

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The Myth Of Change Management

Management books talk about the nature and speed of change as if it is some new concept, developed over the past 50 years. Academics and consultants develop models and approaches that seek to help business leaders overcome the difficulties of … Continue reading

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Fixed On The Vision, Flexible On The Route

Can you articulate your company’s key strategic objectives? If so, do they provide clear and unequivocal guidance to you and your team about what is required to achieve success over the next few years? Too often companies’ strategic statements are … Continue reading

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How To Avoid Crisis-Led Cost Cutting

Click on the link to read my article, How To Avoid Crisis-Led Cost Cutting, which has just been posted on BNET. © Stuart Cross 2009. All rights reserved.

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Stuart Quoted On BNET

I was recently interviewed and quoted on BNET for an article called Why Women Aren’t Making It To The Board In many ways this is an old, familiar story, but why do you think that women are still in short … Continue reading

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The Upside Of Worst-Case Planning

How would you change your business if your profits were cut by 50% overnight? I was working with an executive team earlier this week, helping them to create focus and alignment around their agenda for the next 12-18 months. They … Continue reading

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8 Ways To Improve The Communication Of Your Strategy

Keep it simple, stupid. If a message is to be remembered it must be simple. That’s why it’s so important to focus on your few, big priorities, and not try and list everything. In Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, the … Continue reading

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