Monthly Archives: March 2017

Business Rocks: The Critical 4%

This week’s riff: As the United Kingdom begins its seemingly irreversible process of leaving the European Union, many commentators are still trying to understand how the Leave side won? Some of the big arguments – the £350 million budget, immigration and … Continue reading

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5 Strategies To Accelerate Innovation

Strategic advances are made when organisations become the first to find a profitable way to exploit new opportunities. These opportunities may be created by changes in customer tastes, technology, economics or other external factors. Critically, strategic advances are not made … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: Finney’s KPIs

This week’s riff: Finney, our beloved cocker spaniel, is an expert environmental scanner. Each morning he will lie on our bed and see what clothes my wife and I put on. If we are wearing business clothes, he realizes that … Continue reading

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Shifting From ‘Quick Wins’ To ‘Big Wins’

One of the biggest drains on your organization’s time and energy are “quick win” projects. These projects often emerge at the end of a team or departmental ‘away day’. Following a brainstorm of potential ideas to improve performance, each idea … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: The Danger of Bargain Dungarees

This week’s riff: My wife came back from her trip to Lidl this week with a pair of dungarees. I know that Lidl is famous for its impulse offers, so that’s not perhaps so surprising, but the dungarees were a … Continue reading

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The 3 Drivers Of Strategic Success

All the CEOs I meet are clear that their top priority is to deliver their strategic vision and achieve their performance goals. And yet the evidence shows that successfully delivering a vision is the exception rather than the norm. I … Continue reading

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Cross Shots: Cracking The Growth Code

All too often, management teams end up focusing all their time and efforts on delivering the current year’s results. Here’s a tool you can use to balance your time between managing your current year performance while also developing ideas that … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: How Constraints Drive Creativity

This week’s riff: Following on from last week’s post about the new, higher standard SATs that my 11-year old son will soon be sitting, I was talking to a client about her son’s school. The new tests mean that 99% … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: The Standard Clause

This week’s riff: My youngest son, Louis, is now 11 years old and is in his last year of primary school, which means that he is taking his SATs in the summer. I don’t know if you’re aware, but the … Continue reading

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