Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

It is extremely difficult to have a hit record. There are 82 million tracks on Spotify, for example, 60,000 new songs are uploaded every day. Given these numbers and the mind-boggling choice available, it is a huge achievement to be a one-hit-wonder. So, let’s hear it...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: The Success Curve

Yesterday, I learned that Sir Nick Faldo first picked up a golf club in 1971, aged 14, after watching Jack Nicklaus win The Masters on TV. Within six years, Faldo had become a professional golfer, finished in the Top 10 of the European Tour and defeated his hero,...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: My Top 3 Underrated Innovations

I’ve been working with a UK retailer on its innovation strategy and have been thinking about some of the great inventions and innovations that are overlooked and taken for granted. Here is my current ‘Top 3’. The Oven Chip. Oven chips – fries to my US readers – save...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: The UK’s Best Place To Live

This week, together with my wife, brothers and sister-in-law, I’ve helped my father (89) and mother (age unknown!) move home from Morecambe, in Lancashire, to Ilkley, in West Yorkshire. After living in North Lancashire all their lives and having lived in their home...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: What’s Your Breaking Point?

A few years ago, I helped a US hotel chain improve its valet parking service. Their approach worked fine in normal conditions but fell apart as demand peaked. Between 12 and 2pm, cars started backing up down the driveway, guests were left waiting in line for their...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Anyone Can Sing

At primary school, I was in a class of 40. For the most part, I excelled. I was top of the class academically – in those days you were told your position out of 40! – and captained both the football and cricket teams. There was only one area where I struggled:...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Cutting And Growing

When it comes to gardening, my wife and I have clearly defined – if never formally stated – roles. My wife focuses on growing things. She plants seeds, develops seedlings, plants out new shrubs, flowers, fruits and vegetables, buys new plants and moves things around...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Leading Teams In Tough Times

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a chief officers’ breakfast meeting to discuss how to lead teams in tough times. Our special guest was Ama Agbeze, the England netball international and captain of the gold-medal winning team at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Ama candidly...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Winners And Losers

Most Friday mornings at 7.00 am I sit down to write this newsletter. It usually takes less than half-an-hour to come up with an idea, write the article and find some song lyrics. This week, I struggled to think of anything to write. It might be that as I’m full of a...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: No Pain, No Strategy

Yesterday’s Russian invasion of Ukraine was shocking, but not surprising. Western governments have had several months to determine their response, but it seems that they haven’t used their time very productively. As the US, UK, EU and others scrambled to find the...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Skiing in Bad Weather

For the first time since the pandemic began, we have been on a family holiday this week, skiing in the French Alps. It’s great to have a break together, but the weather has not been so kind. Wind, snow, rain, more wind, low cloud, a bit more snow and visibility below...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Q&A

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned as a consultant is that I don’t need to have all the answers. In fact, most of the time, I don’t need to have any of the answers. Instead, the greatest value I bring to my clients is by asking some helpful questions.  Not...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Two Types of Time

The Ancient Greeks had two words for time: Chronos and Kairos. Chronos is the sequence of time and is measured by clocks (chronometers), diaries and calendars. It’s the meaning of time that tells you that you when your next Teams meeting will start and when it will...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Monkey Bars

There are two tricks to successfully navigating monkey bars. First, let go before you reach out. Second, don’t stop: it’s easier to get from one end to the other if you build the forward momentum and just keep going, rather than pausing after every move. I wish I’d...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Fresh Air

Alongside the amazing science, technology and financial investment that has gone into the development of all the brilliant vaccines and treatments, there is one other way that Covid-19 can be stopped in its tracks: fresh air. The simple act of meeting outside, or...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: Big Think Goals

This is my last Business Rocks of the year. I know that it has been another hard, energy-sapping year for many, so I hope that you get the opportunity to rest and recharge your batteries over the next two weeks. The period between Christmas and New Year is often a...
Business Rocks: Hitmakers vs One-Hit Wonders

Business Rocks: The Discipline Of Innovation

Somerset Maugham, the playwright and novelist, was once asked if wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately, it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.” Over the past week I’ve watched...