Monthly Archives: March 2013

Next Time I’m Backing The Hare

Aesop has a lot to answer for. His fable of how the tortoise beat the hare has persuaded generations of children and business leaders alike that ‘slow and steady’ wins the race. It doesn’t. In 99 cases out of 100, … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 22 March 2013

This week’s focus: It must have looked like a good idea on paper, but the reality has been that the proposed “tax” on Cypriot bank deposits has turned a local crisis into a potential international catastrophe. A key part of … Continue reading

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New e-Book: Business Rocks

I’m delighted to let you know that I’ve just published a free new e-book called Business Rocks. It contains some of the best of my Five-Minute Friday Focus newsletters and includes 25 provocative and practical insights that you can use … Continue reading

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We’re Not Happy Till You’re Not Happy

I must be getting old; I’m certainly getting grumpy. First, my new ‘mate’ at Carphone Warehouse, Gaz, thought that I’d gone into his shop to try and be his friend, rather than to buy a new phone.  When it came … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 15 March 2013

This week’s focus: Many business leaders I work with want to know how they can deliver their strategy at greater pace. There is no secret to making this happen – it relies on these three simple factors: (1) Prioritising initiatives … Continue reading

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The Biggest Accelerator Of Strategy Implementation

Is knowing what you’re aiming to achieve. I have been working with a management team on the strategic direction of its business, and the team have been turning their high-level objectives into specific implementation milestones. Unfortunately, many of these milestones … Continue reading

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How Watching Borgen Can Make You A Better Leader

I am currently watching the first series of the Danish political drama, Borgen. It is an excellently scripted and acted show and my Danish vocabulary now covers two words – “Tak” (Thanks) and “Statsminister” (Prime Minister)! The series focuses on … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 8 March 2013

This week’s focus: Why is it that ‘business transformation’ programmes rarely, if ever, transform organisations? These centralized, top-down, process-heavy initiatives tend to move glacially slowly and fail to engage people who will have already read the book, seen the movie … Continue reading

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Organizational Energy Is Neither Created Nor Destroyed

Since the nineteenth century physicists have followed the law of conservation of energy: energy is neither created nor destroyed, it merely changes its form or location. For example, fuel for a car can turn from chemical energy into kinetic energy … Continue reading

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Does Your Business Have A Speedometer?

How many people do you have analysing and assessing your costs and how many do you have analyzing and assessing the speed of your business? If you’re like most organisations you will have a small army of accountants looking at … Continue reading

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