Author Archives: Sam Martin

Business Rocks: The Best Time to Plant a Tree

I’m working with a client that is looking to develop a far clearer and more compelling strategy and proposition for its business. While the management team are excited about the emerging future direction, they are equally frustrated that they didn’t … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: Hidden Successes

Not all successes are obvious or clear. During difficult trading conditions, in particular, it is tempting to dwell on the problems, rather than the opportunities. But even in the trickiest situations, my experience is that there will still be successes … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: Attractive Markets Aren’t Always So Great

  It was announced this week that New Look, the UK fashion retailer, is exiting from the Chinese market and closing its 120 stores. New Look’s Chinese failure follows in the footsteps of other major retailers, including M&S, Home Depot … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: Running Ahead Of The Ball

Finney, our cocker spaniel, loves to play fetch with a tennis ball. I’ve noticed that he starts running for the ball when my arm is raised to throw it. Even before I’ve begun to throw the ball, he’s off and … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: The Sum of Our Choices

  I think it was Albert Camus, the existentialist novelist, who said, “Life is the sum of all our choices.” In other words, it’s the decisions we make – or fail to make – that determine the life we live. It’s the … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: The Cost of Delay

  Last week I was working with a client in the US to help the business accelerate its internal pace of delivery. Like many organisations with a desire for improvement, the company is already doing many excellent things – as … Continue reading

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Overcoming The Fear Of Learning

  I am currently reading Fear: Trump in the White House, written by Bob Woodard, the legendary Washington Post journalist. It’s a fascinating insight into the internal machinations and ways of working of President Trump’s top team and their supporting … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: Better Tomorrow

OK, I admit it – I’m a procrastinator! Even with this newsletter I usually wait until an hour before it needs to go out before I write it. That’s what’s happened this morning. It is the deadline that gives me the … Continue reading

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The 5 Principles of Organisational Speed

I’ve been reflecting on the fundamentals of organisational speed and distilling the key lessons for businesses to work on. As a result, I’ve pulled together these five principles of pace that could accelerate your growth and success: Be fixed on … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: Fixed On The Vision, Flexible On The Journey

In my spare time, I am the assistant coach (aka Head of Cones) of my son’s Under-13 football team, Grantham Town. Louis’s side play to a reasonably high standard, including some games against professional academies. Earlier this week the boys … Continue reading

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