Category Archives: Business Rocks

Business Rocks: The Importance of Being Different

Today’s Riff: The Importance of Being Different   It’s sad, if unsurprising, that Poundworld, the discount retailer, has been forced to close all its 335 stores, resulting in 5,000 job losses. Over the past 10 years, the UK discount retail market … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: Making A Bad Decision Better

Bad news for Brits. It seems that people are willing to spend more time in a queue if they’ve already been standing around for a while in the line – even if there are other better options available. New research … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: The Life and Death of Relationships

This week’s riff: An international research project has found that having the same family GP cuts the risk of early death by up to 50%. The study suggests that a strong relationship with your family doctor means that you are more … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Failure Calling?

This week’s focus: Since I launched my consulting business in 2016, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest and best businesses in across the globe. Ten years ago, for instance, I worked with the UK arm of … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – The Power of Simplicity

This week’s riff: Technology, globalisation and socio-political shifts are combining to create a more uncertain, complex world for businesses. Many companies respond by creating more integrated, joined up organisations, with matrix structures, a myriad of committees and shared responsibilities. They … Continue reading

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Business Rocks: 115 to 6

This week’s focus: One of my key messages to my clients is the need to focus on their big priorities. Too many organisations get bogged down in vain attempts to move a million ‘strategic’ projects forward, rather than concentrating on the … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Clear As Brexit

This week’s focus: What is the UK’s vision for Brexit? I’m not trying to make a political comment but, two years on from the referendum, I genuinely don’t know what either HM Government (Conservatives) or HM Loyal Opposition (Labour) want to … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Spaces and Gaps

This week’s focus: I coach a talented Under 12 football team. When I say coach, what I mean is that, during training sessions, I put cones out (and collect them again), distribute bibs (and collect them again) and sort out any … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Strategy vs. Planning

This week’s focus: The term ‘strategic planning’ is an oxymoron. It is virtually impossible to develop a winning business strategy during your annual planning process. Planning kills strategy every time! Most planning processes begin with a sales and profit growth target, … Continue reading

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Business Rocks – Who Are Your Heroes?

This week’s focus: As someone who has worked with many of the UK’s leading retailers, it has been both interesting and depressing to see the recent decline of the likes of Toys R Us, Carpetright and Maplin. All of these retailers … Continue reading

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