Category Archives: Strategy

Three Key Factors For Sustained Growth

Last week I ran one of my periodic “Big Breakfast” meetings in London. The topic was “How Failure Can Accelerate Growth”. A dozen business leaders attended, from companies with revenues ranging from around £5 million to £50 billion, and Tim … Continue reading

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The 12 Characteristics of Strategic CEOs

No one in an organization has as much leverage as the CEO. From the moment you walk into the building on your first day (and probably before), everyone is scrutinizing your actions and behaviours. They are looking for patterns and … Continue reading

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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 through the gap … Continue reading

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The Strategy Magnet

At my first ever business school lecture on strategy, the professor described strategy as like a magnet being waved above a pile of iron filings. Before the magnet is waved, the filings will be pointing in all directions. But, after … Continue reading

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Lost In Translation

High-level strategy is as useful to most workers in an organization as a high-flying airliner is to people in a bus queue. The bus passengers may briefly look up and notice the plane and its vapor trail, but, even if … 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 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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The Strategy Powerhouse

I’m more than delighted to share with you a new service I’ve been developing. The Strategy Powerhouse is the antidote to dry, stilted, budget-driven, consultant-led and ineffectual strategy initiatives. I have used my 20+ years experience of developing and delivering … 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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