Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

It seems that a random piece of good luck will have a massive, positive impact on our ability to vaccinate against Covid-19. The scientists running the Oxford University/Astrazenca trial made an error in an early batch of the vaccine. As a result, a sub-group of the...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: A Project For All Seasons

As I watched a Rudy Giuliani press conference on Saturday, I was transported back nearly 20 years to the closure of a small chain of Boots Wellbeing stores. Giuliani’s press call was at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia. No, not the luxury hotel, but Four Seasons Total...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: The Values Of Democracy

As I write this post, the outcome of the US presidential election is still undecided. Already, however, Donald Trump and his team have accused those running the electoral process of defrauding the American people. Legal cases have been launched and the president has...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Innovation Acorns

Autumn is making its presence felt. The leaves are turning colour – there are already some glorious reds and golds in our village – the days are shortening and the evenings are noticeably cooler. In our garden, though, one thing is different from other autumns: our...
How Is Covid Changing Your Market

How Is Covid Changing Your Market

The impact of the pandemic is not only creating temporary changes to business markets, it is also accelerating structural changes. Take the film and television market, for example. In the UK, 12 million people joined a streaming service – led by Netflix and Amazon...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Covid Leadership

This week I emailed around 40 of my clients, asking them to give a brief answer to this question: In your opinion, what is the most important trait or characteristic that has set the most successful business leaders apart from the rest during the pandemic? I received...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Herd Immunity

Over the past six months, there has been a lot of discussion about ‘herd immunity’. According to the scientists, it’s the only thing that can release us from the Covid-19 prison in which we find ourselves. Herd immunity not only applies to the biology of the disease,...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Andromeda

In a parallel life, I would have been an astrophysicist. At university, I was always envious of those students who were able to go to the observatory to study particular stars, constellations and other celestial bodies. That said, my interest is fairly dormant. I...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Building Virtual Teams

In my last Business Rocks article, I asked the question about how leaders can build high-performing teams in a world where working from home and virtual meetings will continue to be the norm click here. With such a dramatic fall in social contact at work – and the...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: The Office

The joys of working from home appear to be wearing thin. I’ve spoken to two senior executives this week who have told me that they’re struggling to maintain their enthusiasm and energy as a result of WFH isolation. While retail, health, distribution, factory and other...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: U-Turn If You Want To

I wrote a few weeks ago how Dylan, my eldest son, felt no real ownership of his impending A-Level results – see here. I hadn’t imagined, however, that the algorithm used to determine his grades would generate quite so many iniquitous outcomes. Media reports suggest...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Back in the 1990s, my wife and I went on a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean. For the first week, we stayed in an hotel and spent each day learning to sail a 35-foot yacht. The weather was glorious; sun, heat and no wind. The smooth, still sea had been painted with...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Lessons From Football Coaching

For the first time in a couple of years, I have been coaching a junior football team. It is a grassroots under-16s squad and we have a wide range of abilities. I’ve been enjoying the process and have been running two 90-minute sessions for the boys each week. As I’ve...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: The Ownership Test

In a few weeks’ time, my oldest son, Dylan, will receive his A-Level results. These results will determine which, if any, university offers he is able to accept. Like all other A-Level and GCSE students, however, Dylan hasn’t taken any exams. As a result of the...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Local Lockdowns

Most UK bars and restaurants will reopen again this weekend. As the number of Covid-19 cases finally approaches a sustainably manageable level, the 15-week social lockdown is being eased. Not in Leicester, however. There, the bars will remain shut for a further two...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: The Only Way To Succeed

There is only one way for organisations to succeed through and beyond the pandemic: innovation. Yes, I know that’s what business writers and consultants always say. But the upcoming recession will place huge financial pressure on all organisations. Efficiency...
Business Rocks: The Wrong Vaccine

Business Rocks: Further And Faster

Like many others, I’ve used the lockdown period to improve my fitness. For the first time in over a decade I’ve been running three or four times a week. I must admit that I was a little nervous about it, worrying that I would injure a knee or ankle, so I’ve been...