Category Archives: Simplicity

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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How Richard Baker Put “The Chemists” Back Into Boots

As part of my research for my latest book, First & Fast, I interviewed Richard Baker, the Chairman of Whitbread plc. I had worked with Richard when he was the CEO of Boots and during our conversation Richard emphasized the … Continue reading

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The Simplicity Test

Complexity is the enemy of pace. As a result, it is a critical leadership task to simplify the organization wherever and whenever possible. Simplicity drives speed, which, in turn, drives results, and removing unnecessary complexity can be the catalyst for … Continue reading

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How To Halve Your Number Of Strategic Projects

My rule of thumb is that most organizations are, at any one time, running at least twice as many major projects as they can reasonably deliver at pace. This heuristic is relevant in even the biggest organizations and, whatever size … Continue reading

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How To Accelerate Growth – In One Paragraph

Want to know what to do to make your strategy actually happen? Want to know how to accelerate the pace of delivery and growth in your business? I think this quote from Michael Bloomberg’s autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, in which … Continue reading

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The 4 Characteristics of FAST Companies

Last week I spent a day with the top 150 executives of a major US home products business, looking at ways that they can increase the pace and urgency of their organisation. As ever, when I’m teaching or leading a … Continue reading

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7 Ways To Be More Productive And Less Busy

Whenever I meet a business person, the most likely opening question I get asked is, “Are you busy?” This is unsurprising as it’s the first question executives tend to ask each other whenever they meet. The expected answer is, of … Continue reading

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The 5 Disciplines Of Highly Successful Companies

I have been running my consulting business for nearly 10 years and over that time I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the UK’s leading businesses, including Boots the Chemists, Dunelm, Nectar, DFS and GSK, as well as … Continue reading

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How To Deliver Rapid Culture Change: Richard Baker puts “The Chemists” back into Boots

A key task of the leader of a team or organisation is to set the tone in terms of the values and behaviours of the organisation. Many new leaders set up a ‘culture change programme’ to help make this happen, … Continue reading

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