Category Archives: Strategy

Engagement: The Secret To Performance Acceleration

Towards the end of last year, I was talking to the CEO of a large UK retailer who was bemoaning the lack of progress in delivering his company’s strategic agenda. Earlier in the year, he and his executive team had … Continue reading

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The 5 Questions Your Strategy Should Answer

What is a strategy? This seemingly simple question can lead to a wide variety of answers. Some people will tell you that it’s a vision. Others will say it’s a plan of action. While others will talk about having a … Continue reading

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Forget Brexit, Focus on Brexcellence: 4 Strategies To Drive Growth in 2018 and Beyond

Whatever your views about the ongoing Brexit discussions, there can be little argument that the situation is creating uncertainty for UK businesses and their leaders. A slow-down of economic growth, falling house prices and sales, a devaluing currency and rising … Continue reading

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Don’t Invest In Initiatives, Invest In Strategies

Few companies recognise the power of investing in strategies rather than initiatives. Most companies I know demand detailed discounted cash flow statements for all proposed projects. These projections must show significant payback before the initiative is considered for investment. So what’s … Continue reading

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How Meghan Markle Can Help Your Business Strategy

Embed from Getty Images The news that Prince Harry is to marry his long-term girlfriend, Meghan Markle, seems to have created a positive public reaction across the UK and beyond. Back in the 1930s, the idea that a member of … Continue reading

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The Unbalanced Scorecard

My big problem with the Balanced Scorecard approach to strategy and performance management is that is, well, too balanced. It makes everything of equal importance. In most Balanced Scorecard projects and reports I’ve seen, there is a general assumption that all goals … Continue reading

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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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