Category Archives: Leadership

25 Ways to Lead Your Market

In yesterday’s post – see here – I set out that you had to be #1 in your market, in some form, or risk your ability to grow and thrive. But what are the different ways you can lead your … Continue reading

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#1 or Gone: Why You Must Become A Market Leader

Which airline is the #1 player? If you ask this question in the USA, you’ll probably find that Southwest Airlines is the leader, while in Europe it’s Ryanair. If you look at long-haul flights then Singapore Airlines is often passengers’ … Continue reading

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Remember, Nothing Fails Like Success

Many companies struggle and fail, not because they are bad at what they do, but because they are great at what they do. Look at Kodak, for example. Its decline didn’t result from the company being poor at film processing. … Continue reading

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Strategy Is Like Football – They Both Need A Goal

This is the second in a series of articles expanding on my recent post, Strategic Power: A Manifesto to Revolutionise Growth. When I coach my junior football teams and we’re doing passing exercises, the boys can quickly lose enthusiasm. But … Continue reading

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The Truth Can’t Hurt You

This is the first in 12 short articles expanding on my recent post, Strategic Power: A Manifesto to Revolutionise Growth A relatively little-known 1980s Elvis Costello song, I Want You, has these lines: The truth can’t hurt you It’s just … Continue reading

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Strategic Power: My Manifesto to Revolutionise Growth

At its heart, strategy is pretty simple: it’s about creating a clear direction and ambition that will drive your future success. But, as we all know, very few organisations succeed in either developing or delivering a strategy that delivers sustained … Continue reading

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5 Ways To Keep Your Strategy On Track

In the late 1990s, I took up my first major strategy role, leading the strategy team at the UK retail and pharmacy chain, Boots the Chemists. Not long after I started my role things changed for Boots – and not … Continue reading

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8 Ways To Accelerate The Delivery Of Your Strategy

I’m currently working with a UK retailer to help accelerate the delivery of its new strategic agenda. The company, and its leadership team, is in a common position. Although the executive team has worked hard to find a clear way … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Reduce Your Organistion’s Complexity

As organisations succeed and grow they begin to face new issues and problems for managers to solve. One of the biggest issues, often unseen, is the problem of complexity. Organisational complexity is a like an overgrown garden. Both are a … 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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