Category Archives: Speed and Pace

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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Shifting From ‘Quick Wins’ To ‘Big Wins’

One of the biggest drains on your organization’s time and energy are “quick win” projects. These projects often emerge at the end of a team or departmental ‘away day’. Following a brainstorm of potential ideas to improve performance, each idea … Continue reading

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How DFS Step-Changed Its Level Of Customer Focus

Fast, agile companies are relentless in using customer feedback to drive improvements and to make the necessary changes to accelerate growth and performance. In my latest book, First & Fast, I met with Andrew Stephenson, who created a market-leading approach … 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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Fixed On The Vision, Flexible On The Journey

I’ve always thought that the term ‘strategic planning’ was an oxymoron, but, as a ritual, three-year plans are about as effective to twenty-first century business success as wassailing has been to English apple production. Each may make the people involved … Continue reading

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The Weekly Big Idea Review

Effective innovation is both a strategic imperative and a messy process of development, testing and refinement. If this process is to work, you need to have regular updates and reviews. One way of doing this that cuts the chain of … Continue reading

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Coasting To Success

A few years ago, I was persuaded by some friends to cycle the Coast-to-Coast route across England, from Morecambe to Bridlington. So, although not a dedicated cyclist, I bought the bike, the shoes and the lycra outfits and spent some … Continue reading

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