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Business Rocks: Fetch!

Business Rocks: Fetch!

Are you focused on the market and new growth opportunities as they currently exist, or, are you using your knowledge and insight to work out where the opportunities are going to be?

Business Rocks: The Benefits of Disasters

  It took a matter of minutes for a small fire at Notre Dame cathedral to turn into a raging inferno that destroyed the iconic, 850-year old building. Since the fire was put out, over €600 million has been pledged to fund Notre Dame's re-building. More funds will...

Why Consultant-Led Strategies Fail

If a tree falls in a forest and no-one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Equally, if a new business strategy is developed and there is no-one willing to deliver it, did it ever really exist? One of the biggest mistakes executives with their strategy is that...

Business Rocks: The Currency of Strategy

  When I'm working with my clients on strategy projects, the biggest gains we make happens when we take the time to develop different future options. Having a few hours to think and talk exclusively about the future of their business is a release for many...

How League Ladders Can Drive Your Performance

  When I was at junior school, in the 1970s, I was obsessed with football. As part of my obsession, I would analyse the latest league tables every Sunday morning, following Saturday’s fixtures. Even better, I had access to my Shoot league ladders (see photo...

Business Rocks: The Time Expert

  The biggest issue my clients face in innovating and growing more quickly is capacity. They - and their organisations - simply do not have the bandwidth to get all their ideas delivered at the pace and impact that they want. Unfortunately, many still try to...

Growing Like New York City

  Last week I was lucky enough to be working in New York City. Looking out over the Manhattan skyline, I was amazed by the sheer scale of building work that was going on. New York is in a constant state of regeneration. The developments are almost exclusively...

Business Rocks: The Loneliest Person In The UK

  The Brexit saga is now creating a full-blown national crisis in the UK. There have been so many mis-steps throughout the process, it's hard to know where to start. But, in this note, I'm just going to focus on one. Our Prime Minister, Mrs. May, developed the...

Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

  High-level strategy is as useful to most workers in an organization as a high-flying airliner is to commuters in a bus queue. The bus passengers may briefly look up and notice the plane and its vapour trail, but, even if it is travelling in the same direction,...

How to Assess Your Team’s Capabilities in 60 Minutes

  Last Friday, I ran a project planning session for a major UK retailer. The aim of the project is to run a trial to rapidly grow sales in one of the retailer’s most important categories. Identifying the specific capabilities that need developing and improving...

The Resistance To Change Formula

  Twenty years ago, an expert in organisational development and organisational change introduced me to the ‘resistance to change’ formula. I’ve used it ever since to better manage any business projects – which means all business projects!! – involving a change in...

There Is No Breakthrough Without Follow-Through

  I’m not sure if I made that up or heard it elsewhere, but, whatever the source, it’s true – the hardest part of delivering a breakthrough strategy is the follow-through. Like someone who wants to get fit but is struggling to find time to get to the gym, it can...

Business Rocks: Words Fail Me

When my youngest son was about five years old, he made up the word "figgert". To figgert is a verb that means arguing because you're being so polite and nice. For example, if my wife and I our talking about collecting one of the boys from football, our conversation...

Business Rocks: No High In Team

This week's focus: I was talking to a manager at a client this week about her workload. Like most people, she isn’t short of things to do, but I was surprised to learn that she is actively involved in 10 separate projects – and leading three of them! I suspect that...

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