Monthly Archives: December 2010

An Elizabethan Lesson In Leadership

I have just finished reading Elizabeth The Queen, a biography of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir. In it she describes the naval battle between the English and the Spanish Armada. England’s victory was a mixture of luck – the weather … Continue reading

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New Testimonial – Andy Ferguson, Managing Director, Boots Opticians

For the past few months I have been working with Andy Ferguson, Managing Director of Boots Opticians, the UK’s second largest optician chain. Together with executive team Andy had already developed a top-line strategy, but wanted to flesh out the … Continue reading

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Tweets Of The Year, 2010

Here are my top 12 tweets of 2010 – as voted for by…… me! You can follow me and see all my tweets at @stuart_cross. See you there! Many companies fail because they’re great, not bad, at what they do … Continue reading

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The Key To Finding The Root-Cause Of Problems

…is to recognise what’s changed. Problems can be characterised as an adverse variation in performance resulting from a change in the environment. For example: Pipes start leaking when they crack after being subject to rapid freeze-thaw temperatures; Staff turnover can … Continue reading

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Growth in Turbulent Times

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7 “Turbulence-Proof” Growth Opportunities For 2011

Here is my latest Great Results e-newsletter article. If you would like to receive this kind of advice and value on a monthly basis, just subscribe by clicking here. 7 “Turbulence-Proof” Growth Opportunities For 2011 If nothing else, the past … Continue reading

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Driving Small Business Growth In 2011

In 2011 I will be offering new services to entrepreneurs and small business owners. As part of my initial marketing I ran a half-day strategy workshop for Lincoln-based business support group, Blinc. Here is what Tim Sayers, Blinc’s director, said … Continue reading

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Does My Strategy Look Big In This?

When I want a new shirt or suit I go to my favourite shop, try on a couple of items, and buy one of them. When my wife wants a new skirt or outfit she starts by spending a couple … Continue reading

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