Monthly Archives: April 2012

Strategy Project With Spotless Punch

I’ve just finished a short project with Spotless Punch, working with their UK leadership team to develop a growth strategy for the business. The company develops and manages a portfolio of innovative, market leading brands and proudcts in niche home … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 27 April 2012

This week’s focus: Many business leaders talk about transforming their companies and making ‘game-changing’ moves in their market. The truth of such moves, however, is that they rarely succeed. Most major gains are, in fact, made through a series of … Continue reading

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Give Your Business The Organisation It Deserves

  Your strategic focus dictates the type and form of organisation required for success. As set out in the chart above – which is from my book, The CEO’s Strategy Handbook – a company that is following a product leadership … Continue reading

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What Makes A Strategic CEO?

In my book, The CEO’s Strategy Handbook, I set out practical tools, lessons and insights to help CEOs and business leaders develop and deliver strategies that will accelerate success for their organisations. But what are the key behaviours and traits … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 27 April 2012

This week’s focus: Nothing fails like success – and pride is often at the heart of such failure. A few years ago, for example, I met some middle managers at Nokia’s UK head office. The first generation of Apple’s iPhone … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones vs. Giant Leaps

  I have found that once my clients have developed a compelling new growth strategy for their business, they are keen to achieve it as quickly as possible. Like Superman, they want to achieve their objectives in a single bound! … Continue reading

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What Kind Of Business Driver Are You?

Broadly speaking there are two types of drivers. The first are what you could call ‘safe drivers’. They are focused on their dashboard and mirrors and stay well within the limits all the time. They deal with issues on the … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 13 April 2012

This week’s focus: Most of my clients are pretty good at developing strategy. They’re also pretty good at managing projects. So why do they find it so hard to deliver their strategies? The best and quickest way to build a … Continue reading

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Are You “Stupidly Easy” To Buy From?

In last week’s Friday Focus I highlighted the need to make things as easy as possible for your customers to access your products and services. I said that you should make this “stupidly easy”. Ten years ago I ran a … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 6 April 2012

This week’s focus: After last week’s Friday Focus Graham wrote to me and told me that he loved these mini-articles and wanted to forward them to his network. “But,” he went on, “I can’t be bothered (slight editing by me … Continue reading

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