Sources Of Growth In Turbulent Times

In periods of economic and social turbulence, it can be tempting to wait for the latest wave of change to hit the shores of your business before deciding where to focus. But the frequency and ferocity of these waves continue to increase, and you therefore run the risk...

Groaking Is Not A Strategy For Growth

When I was growing up my older brothers and I used to finish our meals as quickly as possible in the hope of getting some of the food from my younger brother’s plate. Once we had eaten our dinner we would intently watch him eat every mouthful, silently willing...

Don’t Look At Your Strategy From Where You Are Now

When I was a child I used to do puzzles that gave me five possible ways of getting from A to B, only one of which was possible. Over time – probably several years! – I realised that the easiest way to solve the puzzle was to start at B and work back. Tracing the line...

The SWOT Alternative

In a recent post, I set out the reasons why SWOT analyses can, in the words of one colleague, be described as a “Stupid Waste Of Time!” So, what do you do instead? Analysis of your organisation and its performance does not have to involve wading in piles of data. It...

Oh No, Not Another SWOT!

A friend of mine once told me that SWOT stood for ‘Stupid Waste Of Time’. He has a point, and yet “Let’s do a SWOT” is a common response to the suggestion of understanding a company’s strategic position. Just in case you don’t know (and for everyone else, please feel...

Opinions Are Fine, But…

Opinions are important in strategy development. They are the basis of the creativity that leads to the breakthroughs and innovations that drive businesses forward. But without a certain level of rigour to back up these opinions they may simply lead you – and your...