Monthly Archives: July 2013

Strategy Ain’t What It Used To Be

Do you run an annual planning process in your business? And, if so, do you refresh your strategy when you run that process? If you do, congratulations on your commitment and discipline, but – and it’s a big but – your … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 26 July 2013

This week’s focus: Notwithstanding his personal life, Woody Allen is one of my favourite film-makers. I must have watched Hannah and Her Sisters, for instance, over 20 times. The BBC showed a two-part documentary on Allen this week and a … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 19 July 2013

This week’s focus: The development of London’s airport capacity is a critical political issue for the UK that’s currently making the headlines. The main choices are to improve Heathrow, to improve Gatwick or Stansted, or to start a-fresh and build … Continue reading

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5 Steps To Transform Your Hazy Goals Into Long-Term Success

I was with a coaching client yesterday who was struggling to focus on his longer-term goals. As we discussed the issues and obstacles he was facing, three things became apparent: He hadn’t defined his goals sufficiently clearly; He hadn’t created … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 12 July 2013

This week’s focus: At around 5.20 pm last Sunday my 7-year old son leapt into my arms, cheering. He was celebrating Andy Murray’s brilliant Wimbledon victory over Novak Djokovic and, even though he had no idea that such British victories … Continue reading

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5 Statements Every Business Proposal Should Make

I have seen so many business proposals, both from internal teams asking for permission to drive forward a new initiative as well as from new and established businesses looking for external funding. A common fault of these documents is that … Continue reading

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The 3 Pillars Of Sustained Business Success (Part 2)

Last week I set out the three pillars of sustained business growth, which I called the 3Ps – pace, precision and persistent prototyping. One of my reflections is that all three of these factors need to be present if your … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 5 July 2013

This week’s focus: In January last year I argued that the UK government’s proposed investment in a north-south high-speed rail link (HS2) would not offer good value for money – see here. In the past week the projected cost of … Continue reading

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The 3 Pillars of Sustained Business Growth (Part 1)

Sustainable growth is the ultimate goal for most companies, but, like a mirage in the desert, the vision rarely becomes a reality. And even when companies appear to have grasped success, they find that it can easily turn to sand … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 28 June 2013

This week’s focus: Great sports men and women combine three great qualities – pace, precision and persistence – the 3Ps! When I watch Messi, Giggs or Ronaldo at football, for instance, they are all blessed with pace, but combine that … Continue reading

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