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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 1 August 2014

This week’s focus: At the end of a particularly long and gruelling strategy meeting a CEO once turned to me and said, “In a few years time people will laugh at us for developing three-year plans.” He was right. Most … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 13 June 2014

This week’s focus: I am working with several clients that are driving major changes to their customer offer and organisation. Communication is critical: the leadership teams want their people to understand why the changes are necessary and what new goals … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – The King Of Procrastination

This week’s focus: I don’t particularly look forward to writing. This week, for instance, I have yet again put off writing this Friday Focus until 30 minutes before it is due out. Even worse, I am currently writing a new … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – Recipe For Success

This week’s focus: I was talking to the CEO of a highly successful company this week who was lamenting the fact that although the business was growing and profitable, he wasn’t entirely sure why. “What we need,” he told me … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five-Minute Friday Focus – Fearless Experimentation In La Rosiere

This week’s focus: I am spending the week in France, skiing with my family and friends. To be honest, as an intermediate skier, my technical ability has not improved much in years. I stick to the runs I know I … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – What You Can Learn From Alex Salmond

This week’s focus: Scottish nationalists may not win the vote on independence, but they are winning the campaign. By painting a vivid picture of a positive and brighter future, Alex Salmond and his team’s approach is in sharp contrast to … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 31 January 2014

This week’s focus: I read somewhere that 90% of all the data that has ever been generated was created in the last two years. You now have an almost unlimited supply of data about your customers, both quantitative – purchasing … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 3 January 2014

This week’s focus: I have now been running my consulting business for seven years, and one of my biggest lessons has been the massive importance of perseverance to success. New ideas and initiatives rarely work immediately, but  require a strong … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 22 November 2013

This week’s focus: President Obama is unwittingly giving us some great lessons in leadership. The one truly significant achievement of his first term in office was the reform of healthcare. But this achievement is now being seriously, if not fatally, … Continue reading

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Stuart’s Five Minute Friday Focus – 15 November 2013

This week’s focus: It takes a photon of light just eight minutes to travel the 150 million km from the sun through the vacuum of space to the earth. Yet it takes that same photon 10,000 years to travel the … Continue reading

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