Monthly Archives: November 2013

Are You Stopping Progress By Saying “Yes”?

It takes a photon of light a little over eight minutes to travel the 150 million kilometres from the sun to the earth. Travelling at the almost incomprehensible speed of 300,000 kilometres per second, or 1.1 million kilometres per hour, … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 22 November 2013

This week’s focus: President Obama is unwittingly giving us some great lessons in leadership. The one truly significant achievement of his first term in office was the reform of healthcare. But this achievement is now being seriously, if not fatally, … Continue reading

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5 Signs That Your Organisation Has A Fear Of Failure

A fear of failure translates into readily identifiable management and organisational behaviours that reduce speed and increase the likelihood of poor performance, including: Seeking more senior sign-off and approval for virtually all decisions, including relatively minor ones; Demanding increasingly detailed … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 15 November 2013

This week’s focus: It takes a photon of light just eight minutes to travel the 150 million km from the sun through the vacuum of space to the earth. Yet it takes that same photon 10,000 years to travel the … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 8 November 2013

This week’s focus: Which strategies get implemented? The answer is simple: the strategies that are subject to follow through from the chief executive or the organisation’s leader. It’s not those with the most thorough and detailed plans, those with most … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 1 November 2013

This week’s focus: Has annual planning run its course? An NHS client has been asked to put forward a 5-year plan to the authorities, and my multinational clients still undertake a 3-year planning process. The trouble is none of the … Continue reading

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