Business Rocks – Failure Calling?

This week’s focus: Since I launched my consulting business in 2016, I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest and best businesses in across the globe. Ten years ago, for instance, I worked with the UK arm of Avon Cosmetics, helping the leadership...

Business Rocks – The Power of Simplicity

This week’s riff: Technology, globalisation and socio-political shifts are combining to create a more uncertain, complex world for businesses. Many companies respond by creating more integrated, joined up organisations, with matrix structures, a myriad of committees...

Business Rocks – Clear As Brexit

This week’s focus: What is the UK’s vision for Brexit? I’m not trying to make a political comment but, two years on from the referendum, I genuinely don’t know what either HM Government (Conservatives) or HM Loyal Opposition (Labour) want to achieve in terms of...

Business Rocks – Spaces and Gaps

This week’s focus: I coach a talented Under 12 football team. When I say coach, what I mean is that, during training sessions, I put cones out (and collect them again), distribute bibs (and collect them again) and sort out any issues with boots. I call myself...

Business Rocks – Strategy vs. Planning

This week’s focus: The term ‘strategic planning’ is an oxymoron. It is virtually impossible to develop a winning business strategy during your annual planning process. Planning kills strategy every time! Most planning processes begin with a sales and profit...

Business Rocks – Who Are Your Heroes?

This week’s focus: As someone who has worked with many of the UK’s leading retailers, it has been both interesting and depressing to see the recent decline of the likes of Toys R Us, Carpetright and Maplin. All of these retailers have operated in difficult...

Business Rocks – Death of a Star

This week’s focus: Over 50 years later than doctors had predicted, Professor Stephen Hawking sadly passed away this week. In a life that was so fully and brilliantly lived, Hawking overcame the paralysis and physical deterioration of Motor Neurone Disease to...

Playing Chicken

What is the minimum that KFC, the chicken fast-food restaurant, should be able to offer its customers? The answer, of course, is chicken. Amazingly, however, KFC were unable to offer chicken in most of its restaurants across the UK last week. Many of which were forced...

The Key To A Great Business Strategy

Last week, I met with an old client who shared with me his company’s latest strategy pack. The document, prescribed by the Group Head Office, was 126 pages long and full of analysis, charts, tables, graphs and action plans. There was also one page in the pack...

Business Rocks – Feeling Pumped

This week’s focus: A few years ago, I cycled the coast-to-coast route, from my home town of Morecambe  to Bridlington. The route is around 170 miles and we cycled it over two days. As we set off, I was feeling fresh and fit and looking forward to the day ahead....

Business Rocks – Turning Off The News

This week’s focus: I’ve stopped watching the news on TV. I find it all just too depressing and it’s no longer the way I wish to either start or end my day. Don’t get me wrong; I still want an understanding of what’s happening in the world and will scan the...