Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

All management decisions are either about the past or the future. Decisions about the past are focused on understanding and fixing problems. Your time is spent working out what’s happened, how it happened and what needs to be done to fix the issue, or at least limit...
The Innovation Strategy Test

The Innovation Strategy Test

Innovation is more important to business success than ever. Shortening product lifecycles, the pace of technological breakthroughs and global competition have served to place a premium on companies that can innovate. Yet, while 80% of business leaders say that...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: HS All 2 Predictable

Back in 2012, I wrote this Business Rocks post when HS2, the high-speed rail link between London and the North of England, was first proposed: A new £16 billion high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham (HS2) has been proposed by the government.  The...
5 Lessons for Better Business Strategies

5 Lessons for Better Business Strategies

Ten years ago, I published my first book, The CEO’s Strategy Handbook. I wanted to write a practical guide on strategy for business leaders, enabling them to lead their teams and organisations to a better, more successful future. As part of the research for the book,...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: Scale Of Agreement

Decision-making is a key task of any executive team. It can easily consume one-third or more of senior executives’ time. Yet, in a recent McKinsey survey, over 60% of executives said that most of their decision-making time is used ineffectively. The truth is that in...
The Cairngorms’ Rule

The Cairngorms’ Rule

When I was younger I used to ski quite regularly on the Scottish Cairngorms. Each morning I would check the weather, knowing that the slightest hint of a breeze down in the glen would mean that a gale would be blowing on the exposed mountaintop. Executive alignment is...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: Follow Through

As a result of my three sons loving the sport, I’ve recently revived my sporadic interest in golf. This time I’ve decided to get some lessons so that I’m finally able to swing the club in something like an organised way. I’ve had three lessons so far and the...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: The Power Of Diverse Thinking

Diversity drives better results. Research has shown that teams with highly diverse opinions create three times as many successful innovations as groups with low levels of diversity. Diverse groups are also better at problem-solving and making new ideas real. Many...
The 8 Indicators of Successful Strategy Execution

The 8 Indicators of Successful Strategy Execution

A prospect recently asked me to summarise the factors that make the difference between successful and unsuccessful strategies. In my experience, many business leaders can become frustrated that their organisation struggles to deliver a strategy that, in their own...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: Constraint-Driven Innovation

We have our son’s first parents’ evening of the new school year next week. Pre-Covid (remember then?), this would have involved us arriving late, being confused about where to go and waiting endlessly for other parents to finish their sessions before grabbing 30...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: On A Roll

When it comes to finding examples of exciting, high-growth businesses, our immediate thoughts tend to go to the Silicon Valley giants and other hi-tech, digital superstars. Few of us, I’m guessing, would instantly consider a pasty and sausage roll business. Yet,...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: Talk The Walk

Last week, Jimmy Greaves sadly passed away. A footballing legend, Jimmy scored over 350 goals in the old First Division, far more than any other player either before or since, and 44 goals for England in just 57 games. By all accounts he was the greatest natural goal...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: Something To Lose

Emma Raducanu’s incredible victory in the US Open is the sporting achievement of the year. She is the only person to win a Grand Slam after coming through the pre-tournament qualifying rounds and she never lost a set in the entire competition. Ahead of the final,...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: Thank You

This week I celebrated 15 years as an independent consultant, helping companies to develop better strategies and to accelerate growth. I say ‘celebrated’, but in fact, up until now, I haven’t given it a moment’s thought. Yet, over the past decade and a half I’ve had...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: Date Stamp

Archie, one of our sons, is fastidious about ‘best before’ dates on food items. It drives my wife to distraction that he refuses to consume anything that is even one minute beyond the date on the package. As someone who has moved house with Corn Flakes that are five...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: Business V Personal

When I’m agreeing the objectives and scope of projects with my clients, I’m not just focused on the business objectives. I also try to understand the personal objectives that lie behind my buyer’s stated business goals. While their declared aims may be rational and...
Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

Business Rocks: The Magic Number

The hardest part of strategy is not coming up with ideas. That’s easy, everyone can do it. No, the hardest part is choosing not to do something. The hardest part is prioritizing. Every time you prioritize, you’re saying ‘no’ to a good idea. You are potentially missing...