Monthly Archives: March 2012

Interview with Bob Garlick of Business Book Talk

Click here to listen to a recent interview I had with Bob Garlick, who runs the blog Business Book Talk. Here’s what Bob had to say about the book: The book has a lot to teach senior management about setting … Continue reading

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10 Questions To Shape Your Company’s Strategy

What are the key competitive strengths and weaknesses of your business today? What are the top 2-3 performance goals driving the strategy currently? Of these, which should be your focus over the next 2-3 years? What changes to the scope … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus

This week’s focus: On Tuesday, ahead of seeing Paul Weller in concert, I met with an old university friend for dinner. I got to the restaurant slightly early and waited for him. After 10 minutes a man walked through the … Continue reading

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The Five Factors Of A Winning Business Model

A business model describes how you turn customers into profit. The strength and success of your business model rests on five key factors that you must focus on and manage: A relentless focus on your advantages. Any success is hard-earned … Continue reading

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Interview with Bob Morris

What does the novel, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the film, Local Hero, teach you about strategy? Find out the answer – as well as how you can best manage the development of your company’s strategy – in a recent … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 16 March

This Week’s Focus: Do the good people of Goldman Sachs really see their clients as ‘muppets’ that should be seen purely as a means to earn your profit bonus, as alleged by former employee, Greg Smith? I have no idea, … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 9 March 2012

This Week’s Focus: I love watching football, no matter what the standard. Even if I’m in my car and see a game in a park, I try to wait until the ball goes out of play before driving off. But … Continue reading

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The Core-Growth Matrix

Leading and managing a modern business is a relentless, often complicated task. Dealing with new competitors, shifting customer tastes, technological transformations and underlying economic swings can test even the very best leaders. At its heart, however, the job is simple. … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 2 March 2012

This Week’s Focus: Earlier this week I went to see Nick Lowe in concert. Best known for his song, Peace Love And Understanding, Lowe has a small but committed fan-base, and he continues to earn a decent living from royalties … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Lost in Translation

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