Monthly Archives: September 2011

Use These 5 Questions To Determine The Risk Of New Growth Initiatives

I have found that by using these five questions, it is possible to quickly gain alignment and focus on which initiatives are likely to deliver their estimated returns at acceptable risk. There are five risks to assess: Strategic Risk. Does … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 23 September 2011

This week’s focus: During the endless discussions on the economy, and the government’s drive to cut public spending and deliver GDP growth, someone will say, “The cuts are necessary, but not sufficient for growth.” Necessary, but not sufficient: it’s a … Continue reading

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What CIOs Should Learn From Professional Service Firms

See my new article on the CIO website about what CIOs can learn from  McKinsey and their ilk. Just click here.

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The CEO’s Strategy Handbook – Out Now!

I’m delighted to announce that my new book, The CEO’s Strategy Handbook, is now out on sale direct from my website, Amazon and all good bookshops! Distilled from the best practices of my market-leading clients, including Alliance Boots, Avon Cosmetics, … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 16 September 2011

This week’s focus: The problem with problem-solving is that, even when you’ve sorted out the issue, you only ever return performance to its previous level. Worse, many problem-solving initiatives can quickly turn into a blame-game exercise, where your energies end … Continue reading

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Growing To The Next Level

I am currently in Stresa, on the shore of Lake Maggiore in Italy, on a three-day intensive programme with other leading consultants to review and develop our businesses and improve our value to. Our first day has focused on how … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 9 September 2011

This week’s focus: One of the biggest lessons I have learned since I started my own business has been the importance of building strong relationships with my clients and prospects. Any success I’ve achieved has been based on relationships of … Continue reading

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How do you manage performance?

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London-To-Paris Milestones

Tomorrow I am cycling from London to Paris, as part of a group of 10. We aim to complete the 300-mile route in three days, and after extensive calculations I’ve worked out that this means I must cycle 100 miles … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 2 September 2011

This week’s focus: Developing strategy in business is like going to the gym – first you need to get there, second you need to spend enough time there to make a difference, and third you need to put in the … Continue reading

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