Category Archives: Speed and Pace

5 Steps To Delivering Rapid Growth

When it comes to accelerating your business’s growth, pace is not about being reckless or taking unnecessary risks. There is a clear difference between pace and haste. If you try to reach top speed immediately, without going through the gears, … 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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How To Develop A Business Strategy In 48 Hours

The creation and delivery of a business strategy is a Sisyphean act; it is never-ending. It is developed in formal meetings and corridor conversations and is delivered through major change projects as well as the daily conversations between your customers … Continue reading

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Strategy Is A Contact Sport (Part 1)

This is the fifth in a series of articles that builds on my strategy manifesto that I posted a couple of weeks ago. As a consultant myself I know that, done well, working with external consultants can add real value … 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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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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