Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Only Leadership Style That Works

A CEO I met with recently complained to me that she was feeling guilty that she had shifted her desk from the open plan office to a corner room. She knew she needed some privacy and barrier to get things … Continue reading

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How To Focus Your Decisions On The Things That Matter

One of the aspects of strategy development that puts many executives off is the amount of data analysis that seems to accompany it. In most cases, however, this ‘boil the ocean’ approach simply adds to the level of work rather … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 22 June 2012

This week’s focus: High-level visions and strategies are about as useful to your people as an airliner is to commuters waiting in a bus queue. The bus passengers may briefly look up and notice the plan and its vapour trail, … Continue reading

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4 Perspectives Every Leader Should Use To Develop Their People

This weekend I started my three-week course to become a Level 1 FA football coach, giving me greater skills to develop the young boys and girls I work with at my local youth football club. One of the key lessons … Continue reading

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Does Your Business Have Majestic Levels Of Agility?

The businesses that are prospering in these uncertain, volatile and demanding economic conditions are those that both have clear competitive advantages and that can turn on a dime. Changing economies create opportunities as well as issues. It’s all a matter … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 15 June 2012

This week’s focus: Most weekends I run a junior football team of six and seven year olds. Last month we played at a couple of tournaments where scouts from professional football clubs were in attendance on the look out for … Continue reading

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How To Improve Your Organisation’s Strategic Thinking And Accelerate Growth

The big problem with most strategic planning processes is that they are long on planning and short on strategy. Pressed for time – “The budgets need to be signed off in three weeks!” – your focus is on plans and figures, … Continue reading

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Strategy Books You Can Actually Use! My Top Recommendations

Too many strategy books are long on theory and short on pragmatics. But they’re not all like that. The aim of my own book, The CEO’s Strategy Handbook, is to provide ideas that CEOs and business leaders can actually use … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Lost In Translation: 7 Steps To Successful Strategy Execution

Most business strategies don’t fail in their development or implementation. Instead they fail in the gap between these two activities. I call this becoming ‘lost in translation’ and it is your ability to translate your strategic goals into actions on … Continue reading

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Do You Shy Away From Encouraging Involvement In Your Big Decisions?

It’s commonly accepted that commitment to action starts with involvement. So why do many business leaders limit involvement in the development of strategies and in making the key decisions facing their organisations? The answer, I believe, is that there is … Continue reading

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