Monthly Archives: July 2011

New Testimonial: Paul McManus, CEO of Music Industry Association

A couple of weeks ago I spoke at the Music Industry Association’s annual conference. The audience included major musical instrument manufacturers and distributors, but the majority were retailers focused on how they could drive new growth for their businesses. Here’s … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus, 22 July 2011

This week’s focus: Having nearly given up the game earlier this year, Darren Clark lifted the famous claret jug and won the Open Golf Championship on Sunday. The secret of Clark’s success was not a new swing or putting stroke, … Continue reading

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How To Deliver Strategic Initiatives Successfully

Focus on a few, big priorities. Dave Packard, co-founder of computer giant Hewlett Packard once said, “More organisations die of indigestion than starvation.” In other words, business leaders try to do too much at once, lose focus and become irrelevant. … Continue reading

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What ‘Fast Followers’ Can Learn From Mark Cavendish

I was watching the Tour de France yesterday, where the British sprinter Mark Cavendish yet again won the stage. Cavendish doesn’t ride alone, however: far from it. In fact Cavendish relies on his HTC teammates to create a slipstream for … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus, 22 July 2011

This week’s focus: In the space of a couple of weeks News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB has gone from a near certainty to being taken off the table. In the meantime, the company’s most popular paper has been withdrawn from … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five-Minute Friday Focus, 8 July 2011

This week’s focus: After one of my projects publicly failed to hit its targets, a wise CEO once told me that I should worry less about what others thought of me, and should focus more on making a difference. “Stuart,” … Continue reading

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The Stepping Stones to Growth

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 1 July 2011

This week’s focus: Andre Villas-Boas was named as the new manager of Chelsea, the Premier League club, last week. Unusually, and like one of his predecessors, Jose Mourinho, Villas-Boas never played the game. Instead, again like Jose Mourinho, Sir Bobby … Continue reading

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