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 inconsistencies. Others will rapidly...

Business Rocks – Instant Culture

This week’s riff: How long does it take to change an organisation’s culture? I know, for instance, that some businesses invest significant sums in long-term, multi-year cultural change programmes Yet, in my experience, organisational cultures can be changed rapidly...

Business Rocks – My Business Mix-Tape

This week’s riff: When I was a teenager growing up in Morecambe my favourite way to impress girls was to give them my very own mix-tape. You may find this hard to believe, but despite all the hard work that went into selecting the tracks, working out the best running...

Business Rocks – Truth Hunts

  This week’s riff: Last week, a client complained to me that her recent investigations into some operational issues had led her Finance Director to warn her against carrying out “witch hunts”. He was worried that people would feel victimized by being asked about...

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 it is passed over the pile the...

Open To Ideas

We moved into our new house five months ago. The day after we moved in, when there were still boxes on the driveway, I heard a knock at the door. A man, who introduced himself as Shane, told me that he ran a plant nursery and was delivering locally. He then asked,...