Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Back in the 1990s, my wife and I went on a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean. For the first week, we stayed in an hotel and spent each day learning to sail a 35-foot yacht. The weather was glorious; sun, heat and no wind. The smooth, still sea had been painted with...
Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Business Rocks: Lessons From Football Coaching

For the first time in a couple of years, I have been coaching a junior football team. It is a grassroots under-16s squad and we have a wide range of abilities. I’ve been enjoying the process and have been running two 90-minute sessions for the boys each week. As I’ve...
Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Business Rocks: The Ownership Test

In a few weeks’ time, my oldest son, Dylan, will receive his A-Level results. These results will determine which, if any, university offers he is able to accept. Like all other A-Level and GCSE students, however, Dylan hasn’t taken any exams. As a result of the...
Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Business Rocks: Local Lockdowns

Most UK bars and restaurants will reopen again this weekend. As the number of Covid-19 cases finally approaches a sustainably manageable level, the 15-week social lockdown is being eased. Not in Leicester, however. There, the bars will remain shut for a further two...
Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Business Rocks: The Only Way To Succeed

There is only one way for organisations to succeed through and beyond the pandemic: innovation. Yes, I know that’s what business writers and consultants always say. But the upcoming recession will place huge financial pressure on all organisations. Efficiency...
Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Business Rocks: Further And Faster

Like many others, I’ve used the lockdown period to improve my fitness. For the first time in over a decade I’ve been running three or four times a week. I must admit that I was a little nervous about it, worrying that I would injure a knee or ankle, so I’ve been...
A Pre-Recession Free Hit

A Pre-Recession Free Hit

First the pandemic; next the recession. The Bank of England has forecast a 14% decline in the UK economy this year – the largest in 300 years – and a doubling of unemployment to 9%. Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, has also admitted that very difficult times are just...
Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Business Rocks: Leadership Legacies

The blacksmith, Francis Bowes, died in Poulton-le-Sands, a small Lancashire fishing village, in 1732. I know this because Mr Bowes made a bequest in his will to start a village school, which, some 240 years later, I attended. Mr Bowes’s generosity was not only a...
The 11 Tasks of Leadership

The 11 Tasks of Leadership

I believe that the idea that there is one best leadership style is nonsense. Leaders come in all shapes and all sizes. Churchill, Jobs and Nelson were all great leaders, but had very different leadership styles both to each other as well as to other great leaders such...
Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

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: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

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: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

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: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

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: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

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: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

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...