Monthly Archives: May 2016

Business Rocks – White Stuff

This Week’s Focus: Here’s an exercise for you: In the next 30 seconds, list as many white objects as you can. Don’t read on, please; just give it go. OK, how did you do? Now, here’s stage two: In the … Continue reading

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Stuart Cross on the Business Elevation Show with Chris Cooper

First and Fast: Outpace Your Competitors, Lead Your Markets and Accelerate Growth with Stuart Cross May 20, 2016 Hosted by Chris Cooper For the past 30 years, business leaders have been exhorted to move faster and adopt a “ready, fire, … Continue reading

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7 Ways To Be More Selfish – And Productive

I am increasingly convinced that success requires a certain level of selfishness that many managers and executives are simply unwilling to reach. Rather than run the risk of upsetting a colleague or boss, they toe the line and end up … Continue reading

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Bring Your Decision-Making Down From Eleven

This Week’s Focus: As the UK’s EU Referendum date looms closer the volume of the rhetoric has, to borrow a phrase from Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel, gone up to eleven. A few days after one side suggested that a British … Continue reading

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Why You Need More Conflict In Your Team

Contrary to conventional wisdom conflict is an essential characteristic of any high-performing team. Unlike weak teams and committees, which are full of people who keep their opinions to themselves when together, only to whine when outside the group, effective teams … Continue reading

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What’s The Breaking Point Of Your Business?

When Boeing and other aeroplane manufacturers are developing new aircraft they literally test them to destruction. This ensures that the planes will still operate effectively even in the most extreme situations. It is a concept that I think should be … Continue reading

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Stamp of Disapproval

I have recently sent out copies of my new book, First & Fast, to people who had signed up for a free copy. I attached a ‘large letter’ first class stamp to each package. It turns out the stamp was … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Why You Shouldn’t Try To Be A Perfect Leader

This Week’s Focus: I was recently talking with the chief executive of a business that had introduced 360-degree feedback for the leadership team. The CEO’s coach had summarised the results and told her that, based on the responses, she needed … Continue reading

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3 Reasons To Stop Your “Quick Win” Projects – And What To Do Instead

If you are like many of the executives I work with, the #1 issue that limits your productivity is that you spend too much time on activities that add too little value. One of the causes of this drain on … Continue reading

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Innovation Is A Dirty Business

Customers are poor predictors of their own behaviour. No matter how much research a company does, managers who bring a new business to market will hold their breath at launch-time just as much as NASA scientists do with a rocket … Continue reading

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