Author Archives: Stuart Cross

Turning Your High-Level Strategy Into Ground-Level Success

A common business saying is that strategy doesn’t fail in development, but in implementation. I disagree. Most businesses can develop a reasonable strategic ambition, and are fairly good at implementing projects. In many cases strategy simply falls between through the … Continue reading

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12 Ways To Eradicate Functional Silos

  Functional silos are the silent killer of business growth. They exist where the leaders of a particular function act in the best interests of that function, not the wider organisation. Most of the time, these leaders achieve their aims … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Truth Hunts

  This week’s riff: Last week, a client complained to me that her recent investigations into some operational issues had led her Finance Director to warn her against carrying out “witch hunts”. He was worried that people would feel victimized … Continue reading

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The Strategy Magnet

At my first ever business school lecture on strategy, the professor described strategy as like a magnet being waved above a pile of iron filings. Before the magnet is waved, the filings will be pointing in all directions. But, after … Continue reading

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Open To Ideas

We moved into our new house five months ago. The day after we moved in, when there were still boxes on the driveway, I heard a knock at the door. A man, who introduced himself as Shane, told me that … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Blind-Sided

This week’s riff: We have now lived in our new house for five months. When we moved in we had no curtains or blinds, and so my wife ordered a great product called Blinds-In-A-Box. The next day a box full … Continue reading

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Lost In Translation

High-level strategy is as useful to most workers in an organization as a high-flying airliner is to people in a bus queue. The bus passengers may briefly look up and notice the plane and its vapor trail, but, even if … Continue reading

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10 Questions To Help You Establish Strategic Clarity

  Management teams sometimes find it difficult to settle on a strategy. The truth is that you have to ask yourself a series of questions before you can settle on an agreed way forward; you won’t generally find the answer … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Willpower Beats Horsepower

This week’s riff: Studies suggest that over 60% of transformation efforts fail. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you’re leading a huge organization or a smaller enterprise: the chances are your big change initiatives will fail. There are many reasons … Continue reading

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The Big Breakfast: An Invitation

I have four seats left at my upcoming ‘Big Breakfast’ meeting in central London on Thursday, 9 November, 7.30-9.30 am. The topic is ‘How Failure Can Help Accelerate Growth’ and we will be joined by Tim Wright. Tim is the … Continue reading

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