Lost In Translation

High-level strategy is as useful to most workers in an organization as a high-flying airliner is to people in a bus queue. The bus passengers may briefly look up and notice the plane and its vapor trail, but, even if it is traveling in the same direction, it cannot...

The Strategy Powerhouse

I’m more than delighted to share with you a new service I’ve been developing. The Strategy Powerhouse is the antidote to dry, stilted, budget-driven, consultant-led and ineffectual strategy initiatives. I have used my 20+ years experience of developing and...

Willpower Beats Horsepower

Meanwhile, a much smaller client, with revenues no greater than £50 million has made great strides with its priority initiatives. The team has implemented new IT systems, significantly grown its on-line sales channel and invested in new product launches. As a result,...

5 Ways To Keep Your Strategy On Track

In the late 1990s, I took up my first major strategy role, leading the strategy team at the UK retail and pharmacy chain, Boots the Chemists. Not long after I started my role things changed for Boots – and not for the better! Wal-Mart’s acquisition of the UK’s third...

Strategy’s 7 Fatal Flaws

In my experience, many successful CEOs and senior executives dislike the time they have to spend on developing strategy. There are two reasons for this: First, strategy is seen as being difficult. Consultants and academics have somehow succeeded in creating a...