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: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

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...
5 Rules for Working from Home

5 Rules for Working from Home

As the Coronavirus starts to bite, more and more people will be asked to work from home. When I worked for Boots the Chemists, my days ‘working from home’ generally comprised of watching daytime TV programmes, doing the odd crossword, playing my guitar, making endless...
Business Rocks: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

Business Rocks: Do You Dare To Be Different?

This week’s focus: The UK government’s approach to managing the impact of the coronavirus is controversial. Critics say that it is too relaxed and that the government has failed to get a proper grip. And then they point to the more draconian measures that have...
Business Rocks: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

Business Rocks: Pale Male And Not So Stale

This week’s focus: As the US presidential race gets into gear, I see that many people are bemoaning the fact that all the leading candidates – Trump, Sanders and Biden – are white men in their 70s. The ‘pale, male and stale’ accusations are coming thick and...
Business Rocks: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

Business Rocks: Browned Off With Bronze

This week’s focus: I’m involved in SportsAid, a charity which supports up and coming athletic talent and helps to fund the UK’s future Olympic stars. Earlier this week, I attended an event where the charity had invited around 60 parents of some young athletes to...
Business Rocks: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

Business Rocks: Skiing In The Fog

This week’s focus: We’ve been on a family holiday this week, skiing in France. We know the resort well, but have had several days when low cloud, heavy fog and poor visibility has limited our ability to ski at full speed. In fact, even on the pistes we’ve skied...
Business Rocks: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

Business Rocks: Kill The Quick Wins

This week’s focus: The desire for instant results in both personal and business life is endemic. Want to lose weight, find a new relationship, get rich or become a social media star? No problem, there are millions of people promoting something to help you do...
Strategy Is Action

Strategy Is Action

Strategic success happens when you’re the first to profitably exploit a change in your external environment. Innocent Drinks, for example, succeeded because they were the first to find a customer-focused, commercial solution to our increasing desire for natural,...
Business Rocks: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

Business Rocks: The Sustainability Continuum

This week’s focus: Sustainability has been on the corporate agenda for two decades or more. Yet, while some companies have brought sustainability into the core of their business, for most, sustainability still sits at the periphery of the organisation. It’s...
8 Characteristics of Strategic Leaders

8 Characteristics of Strategic Leaders

Over the years, I’ve worked with dozens of companies and executive leaders. In that time, I’ve learned that a high degree of mystery and confusion surrounds the term “strategy”. However, strategy is, at its heart, a simple concept. It is about setting a direction for...
One Green Shoot, Two Green Shoes

One Green Shoot, Two Green Shoes

The first wave of post-Christmas trading results from the UK’s leading retailers has been largely disappointing. Although there are some winners – including Aldi and Lidl, the discount grocers, Dunelm, JD Sports and Next – the majority have seen sales fall. Tesco,...
Business Rocks: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

Business Rocks: Reasons To Be Cheerful

This week’s focus: I don’t know about you, but I find it almost impossible to name my favourite piece of music. There are just so many contenders. Off the top of my head, Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads, Common People by Pulp, Life on Mars? by David Bowie,...
Business Rocks: Go With The FLO To Deliver Rapid Change

Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

This week’s focus: When I first became the Head of Strategy for Boots the Chemists in 2000, the UK retailer had just found itself in the middle of a supermarket price war. From a position where Boots had slightly higher prices than the Tesco, Asda and the other...
5 Sources of Innovation Ideas

5 Sources of Innovation Ideas

Transformational innovations seem obvious once they’re seen through the rear-view mirror. It’s only when you have to look at the blank, open road of possibilities in front of you that developing innovative new ideas seems a tad more difficult! Take Starbucks, for...