The Last 98% Of Business Success

Setting a clear strategic direction for a business – identifying the big goals, the critical objectives and the key sources of competitive advantage, and selecting the markets in which you will operate – is the responsibility of the top management team. But delivering...

There Are Two Ways To Look At The UK Economy

The first is to say that growth is weak, consumer confidence is low and it may get worse. The second is to say that the UK has the sixth largest world economy and will generate nearly $2 trillion this year. Both are correct. If you focus on the first you are likely to...

The New Rules Of Strategy

Given the feedback I’ve received, I thought you might be interested in reading my latest Great Results newsletter, which went out last week. To subscribe to the newsletter simply click here. “In ten years’ time will people laugh at us for developing three-year plans?”...

New Testimonial: Ian Filby, CEO of DFS

I have been working with the executive team of DFS, the UK’s leading sofa retailer, to accelerate the delivery of the company’s strategy and objectives. Here’s what Ian Filby, the company’s CEO said about working with me: “Stuart is a scarce resource. He...

When Should You Give Up?

I saw the band Elbow play in Nottingham last week. I love their music, their lyrics and the voice of Guy Garvey, the band’s singer and leader. During the gig, which featured majestic performances of Grounds For Divorce, Lippy Kids and, of course, One Day Like This,...

Play Your Own Zune

I read in this morning’s FT that the Zune is to be taken off the market. You know, the Zune. What do you mean, you’ve never heard of it? Actually, I’m not totally surprised the Zune may have passed you by, but it is/was Microsoft’s response to Apple’s iTunes and iPod....

Granite Principles

Lord Hutton set out his proposals to reform public sector pensions yesterday. It came across to me as a pragmatic solution that skilfully balances political and economic pressures. What I don’t see, however, are the principles that Lord Hutton has used to reach his...

Do You Pass The Simplicity Test?

I have posted this before, but it bears repeating. After all the benefits of organizational simplicity and the eradication of unnecessary complexity can be the catalyst for new growth and far higher levels of performance. Simply score yourself from 0 to 5 for each of...

The Art Of Prototyping

I had the good fortune to spend a couple of hours at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday. My favourite area of the gallery is the impressionist section. You may think that impressionist artists just went straight to the finished work, but their...