Category Archives: Leadership

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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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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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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The 5 Superpowers of Successful Organisations

I have recently launched a new offering for my clients, The Strategy Powerhouse. The service was built on my realisation that most strategy efforts don’t lead to change and don’t lead to higher performance. They simply rearrange the company’s metaphorical … Continue reading

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Willpower Beats Horsepower

Meanwhile, a much smaller client, with revenues no greater than £50 million has made great strides with its priority initiatives. The team has implemented new IT systems, significantly grown its on-line sales channel and invested in new product launches. As … Continue reading

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Strategy Is A Contact Sport (Part 2)

A client of mine is struggling to deliver its new strategy. Despite setting a clear, overarching goal, agreeing the most important product categories to focus on and settling on product innovation as the key to the company’s future competitive differentiation, … Continue reading

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You Can’t Chase Two Hares

There is a Japanese saying that translates as ‘you can’t chase two hares’. If a top-class hunting dog chases after a hare it has a 10% chance of catching it. But if the dog hedges its bets and tries to chase … Continue reading

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Actions Speak Louder Than Plans

Dylan, my oldest son, has been noodling with the guitar for a couple of years now. He can now play a few songs and a couple of licks. When I ask him if he wants to improve, he tells me … Continue reading

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The Innovation Imperative

There was a time, not that long ago when companies didn’t necessarily have an innovation-related objective on their strategic agenda. Instead, they would, for example, be focused on reducing costs, expanding geographically or creating operational excellence. It wasn’t that product … Continue reading

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