Author Archives: Stuart Cross

Business Rocks – The Power of “Me Time”

This week’s focus: This is the 150th edition of Business Rocks. Each edition takes about 30 minutes for me to think about, develop and write – although I then need a further 30 minutes to find the best set of song … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Are You A Covers Band?

This Week’s Focus: A while ago, I went to see Nick Lowe in concert. Best known for his song, Peace Love & Understanding, Lowe has a small but committed fan-base, and he continues to earn a decent living from royalties … Continue reading

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Don’t Invest In Initiatives, Invest In Strategies

Few companies recognise the power of investing in strategies rather than initiatives. Most companies I know demand detailed discounted cash flow statements for all proposed projects. These projections must show significant payback before the initiative is considered for investment. So what’s … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Are You Better-Than-Average?

This week’s riff: There is a psychological concept called illusory superiority. The concept explains why most people believe that they are better-than-average across many different skills and characteristics, even though that’s mathematically impossible to be the case. Illusory superiority has … Continue reading

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How Meghan Markle Can Help Your Business Strategy

Embed from Getty Images The news that Prince Harry is to marry his long-term girlfriend, Meghan Markle, seems to have created a positive public reaction across the UK and beyond. Back in the 1930s, the idea that a member of … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Scythian Speed

This week’s riff: Later today, I’m visiting the Scythians exhibition at The British Museum. I’m going with my wife, Scythia, who, via her maternal grandmother, is named after this relatively obscure ancient civilization. The Scythians were formidable nomadic warriors. Based … Continue reading

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The Unbalanced Scorecard

My big problem with the Balanced Scorecard approach to strategy and performance management is that is, well, too balanced. It makes everything of equal importance. In most Balanced Scorecard projects and reports I’ve seen, there is a general assumption that all goals … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Working Values

Please read to the end of this post to get the chance to win a copy of my book, First & Fast. This week’s riff: Nick, the coach of my youngest son’s football team, is totally committed to the whole … Continue reading

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Three Key Factors For Sustained Growth

Last week I ran one of my periodic “Big Breakfast” meetings in London. The topic was “How Failure Can Accelerate Growth”. A dozen business leaders attended, from companies with revenues ranging from around £5 million to £50 billion, and Tim … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – The Secret To Learning From Failure

Please read to the end of this post to get the chance to win a copy of my book, First & Fast. This week’s riff: Earlier this week I ran a business breakfast meeting, in support of SportsAid, where we … Continue reading

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