Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Yesterday, in an idle moment browsing the internet, I came across this photo. It shows the band Prefab Sprout playing to a small crowd in London in early 1984. What really made me stop and look closely at the picture, however, was the fact that it also shows the back...
Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: 7 Lessons For Post-Covid Growth

I’m in the process of concluding a short, focused post-Covid strategy project with a client. We’ve been working on how the business can continue to grow and thrive through the pandemic and the inevitable economic downturn. We’ve made a lot of progress in a few weeks...
Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: Winning In Any Scenario

I’ve been leading some scenario planning as part of a short, focused strategy project with a client. The executive team want to understand how their business can win in the post-crisis world and get to grips with the scale of the challenge ahead. The four scenarios...
Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: How To Set Moonshots

When JF Kennedy became president of the US in 1961, the country lagged well behind the Soviet Union in the space race. Yet, in May of that year, Kennedy announced to Congress his intention of putting a man the moon and returning them safely to Earth, before the end of...
Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

There are two ways to look at the post-Covid world. The first is to look through the lens of risk. After all, there is likely to be a significant recession in most countries. How deep and long-lasting the downturn proves to be is still up for debate, but most...
Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: Succeeding Beyond The Pandemic

Crises change markets. In 2008, Aldi, the German-based discount supermarket, had a 1.6% share of the UK grocery market. Then the financial crash happened. As a result, shoppers looked for value and found it in spades at Aldi. The retailer hasn’t looked back and has...
Preparing to Succeed in the Post-COVID World

Preparing to Succeed in the Post-COVID World

Over the past few weeks, management teams across the country have worked tirelessly to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their business. Looking after the safety and security of your people, managing cashflow and operational emergencies and simply staying...
MixTapes For Managers – 2: Making Big Decisions

MixTapes For Managers – 2: Making Big Decisions

This is the second in my MixTape series and is all about helping you make those big decisions. It’s about 40-minutes long and I think it would be great to listen to on your commute to work, especially when you have a big decision to make that day! Here’s the running...
Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: The Blame Game

This week’s focus: A few years ago, I was invited to the opening of a new concept store. The store looked great and the initial customer reaction was extremely positive. I turned to one of the project managers who was there and asked him if he’d been closely...
The 6-Day Strategy: (6) Preparing for Launch

The 6-Day Strategy: (6) Preparing for Launch

I’ve recently been sharing how you can carry out a 6-Day Strategy for your business. I’ve already covered Day 1 on your Current Position, Day 2 on Future Possibilities, Day 3 on Setting the Direction, Day 4 on Defining the Organisation and Day 5 on Shaping the Agenda....
The 6-Day Strategy: (5) Shaping the Agenda

The 6-Day Strategy: (5) Shaping the Agenda

I’ve recently been sharing how you can carry out a 6-Day Strategy for your business. I’ve already covered Day 1 on your Current Position, Day 2 on Future Possibilities, Day 3 on Setting the Direction and Day 4 on Defining the Organisation. The objective of the Day 5...
Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: Something Changed

This week’s focus: Over the past month, companies have been working round the clock to respond to the challenges of the coronavirus crisis. Where possible, they have been working out how best to keep some sort of show on the road. Otherwise, business leaders...
The 6-Day Strategy: (4) Defining the Organisation

The 6-Day Strategy: (4) Defining the Organisation

I’ve recently been sharing how you can carry out a 6-Day Strategy for your business. I’ve already covered Day 1 on your Current Position, Day 2 on Future Possibilities and Day 3 on Setting the Direction. The focus on Day 4 is to determine the organisation that will be...
The 6-Day Strategy: (3) Setting the Direction

The 6-Day Strategy: (3) Setting the Direction

I recently shared the outline of my 6-Day Strategy and have already set out my approach for Day 1’s session on assessing your current position and Day 2’s focus on future possibilities. The focus of Day 3 is to take the outputs of the first two days’ work and create a...
The 6-Day Strategy: (2) Future Possibilities

The 6-Day Strategy: (2) Future Possibilities

Last week I shared the outline of my 6-Day Strategy and yesterday set out my approach to manage Day 1, which focuses on understanding the current position of your business. The objective of Day 2 is to identify growth opportunities beyond the next three years. It’s...
Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Business Rocks: All Things Must Pass

This week’s focus: At this stage, no-one quite knows how long the coronavirus will last, let alone the time it will take for life and the economy to return to ‘normal’. One thing’s for sure, though: the businesses that will recover best will be those that...