Monthly Archives: November 2016

The 4 Types Of Innovation

There was a time, not that long ago, when companies didn’t necessarily have an innovation-related objective on their strategic agenda. Instead, they would, for example, be focused on reducing costs, expanding geographically or creating operational excellence. It wasn’t that product … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Winning In Uncertain Times

This week’s focus: The beauty, joy and frustration of business, as with life, is that the future is unwritten. The pace of change in the world – technological, political and economic – makes business more chaotic, turbulent and unpredictable than ever. … Continue reading

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Coasting To Success

A few years ago, I was persuaded by some friends to cycle the Coast-to-Coast route across England, from Morecambe to Bridlington. So, although not a dedicated cyclist, I bought the bike, the shoes and the lycra outfits and spent some … Continue reading

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Your Next 90 Days

When new senior executives are appointed, they often talk about their 90-day plan. They want to make sure that they have some concrete achievements in their first three months, so that they build commitment and momentum. But what about the … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: Super Moon

This week’s focus: Late on Monday evening the clouds above Nottinghamshire finally parted to reveal the ‘super moon’, looking larger and brighter than at any time in the past 50 years or so. To my eye, the moon looked as … Continue reading

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How To Halve Your Number Of Strategic Projects

My rule of thumb is that most organizations are, at any one time, running at least twice as many major projects as they can reasonably deliver at pace. This heuristic is relevant in even the biggest organizations and, whatever size … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – The Polls Got Trumped

This week’s focus: I don’t know if you’re aware, but there was a presidential election earlier this week in the USA. And, despite the polls suggesting otherwise, Mr. Trump won. As with Brexit and the UK general election in 2015, … Continue reading

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How To Accelerate Growth – In One Paragraph

Want to know what to do to make your strategy actually happen? Want to know how to accelerate the pace of delivery and growth in your business? I think this quote from Michael Bloomberg’s autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, in which … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: The Good News – And The Even Better News

This week’s focus: The good news in business is that you get to choose the playing field that your company plays on. You can determine your target customers, the products and services you offer them, the channels you reach them … Continue reading

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Delivery Is The Day Job

Over 60% of transformation efforts fail to achieve their goals. This depressing statistic represents a tragic waste of money, but even more importantly, it represents a waste of human time, effort and imagination. A key issue is that corporate transformation … Continue reading

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