Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Was 2020 the year of the team? For many organisations, survival only happened as a result of the amazing teamwork displayed at all levels to identify, resolve and overcome the many and varied challenges arising from the pandemic. When we talk of teams, we generally...
Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Business Rocks: Healthy Optimism

I have long held the belief that the most important gift I can give my children is not education, but optimism. Healthy levels of optimism are associated with improved health, higher levels of motivation and performance and career success. I say this as a natural...
How to Grow Profits Through the Recession

How to Grow Profits Through the Recession

The pandemic has led many companies to search for ways to protect and improve profits. That is understandable, but it can be dangerous. As shown in the chart, there are 3 main ways to improve your profits, which can be subsequently split into 11 profit-growing...
Cross Shots Brand Takeover

Cross Shots Brand Takeover

In this episode of Cross Shots, I talk about a technique I use called a Brand Takeover that we use when we are looking for new initiatives You can view previous episodes of Cross Shots here © Stuart Cross...
Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Business Rocks: The Innovation System

The development of the Covid-19 vaccines provides a great example of the conditions necessary for effective innovation. One key lesson is that while having an ‘innovation culture’ is important, it is insufficient to deliver genuine innovation. In addition to...
Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Business Rocks: Making It Count

As Victoria Coren Mitchell put it, Captain Tom made it count, didn’t he? In his 100th and final year, Captain Sir Tom Moore not only raised over £30 million for NHS charities, but he also gave hope and optimism to a nation when it needed it most. Over half of babies...
The 6 Rules of Strategy Delivery Excellence

The 6 Rules of Strategy Delivery Excellence

Success rates in strategy execution are depressingly low. Research suggests that approximately 50% of strategies fail to meet their goals, though other studies have found that less than 10% of strategies are ‘fully’ delivered. So, how do you set up your most important...
Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Business Rocks: The Joy Of Conflict

Last week’s events at The Capitol in Washington DC were both shocking and entirely predictable in roughly equal measure. I believe the riot was stoked by Donald Trump’s words and direct encouragement, both on the day and over the past few months. But mob’s actions...
Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Business Rocks: The Risk Of Low-Risk Goals

January is a time for setting new goals. And, as always when I’m thinking about new goals, I’m reminded of the great line from the Dilbert cartoon, “Stretch goals are like stretch pants – they’re a sign that you’ve given up hope!” In fact, there’s probably only one...
Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Business Rocks: Global Solutions

Last Friday, my parents received their first coronavirus vaccination at the Globe Arena, the home of Morecambe Football Club. “Arena” may seem a little overblown for a stadium that holds just a little over 6,000 spectators, but the fact that it is called the “Globe”...
Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

Business Rocks: The Time For Bold Moves

It’s nearly 15 years since my last corporate role, working in the strategy team at Boots the Chemists. Since then many things have changed, but others remain stubbornly similar. When I left Boots, the challenge for most high street retailers was to establish genuine...
Business Rocks: Team Is Not A Noun

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: Team Is Not A Noun

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: Team Is Not A Noun

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: Team Is Not A Noun

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: Team Is Not A Noun

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: Team Is Not A Noun

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,...