Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

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...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: Turning Over A New Leaf

The garden in our new house is quite large and has many mature trees. It looks great most of the time, but has one drawback: falling leaves. From October through to January, the leaves continue to rain down onto the lawn, patios and driveways. In the past couple of...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: Don’t Be So Retiring

I’m at a funny age – again – it seems. This year has seen a high in the number of people I know that have retired. Brothers, friends, ex-colleagues are all in the process of swapping their daily commute for a life on the golf course or...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: The Best Investment

I have been playing the guitar for 37 years. And, to be honest, for 35 or more of those years, I haven’t improved. Over that time, I’ve probably had no more than 10 lessons and so it shouldn’t really surprise me that my attempts at...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: Business Change is Boring

Why do over 60% of transformation efforts fail? The reasons are many and varied – cost, excessive complication, insufficient in-house capability and trading downturns are all possible causes. But one reason that is never mentioned is, in my experience,...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: U-Turn If You Want To

Last week, Sir James Dyson announced that he was scrapping his company’s electric car project. His decision was criticized in the media and described as a ‘humbling U-turn.’ I disagree. Yes, the decision represented a U-turn, but it was far from...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: How To Create New Habits

Our eldest son is due to sit his A-Levels next summer. He’s previously crammed for his exams, but that approach is proving less successful over time. As a result, I’m trying to help him to create a daily routine of learning. For example, he’s...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: The Power of Showing Up

This is the 200th edition of Business Rocks, which I launched five years ago (following 150 editions of a previous newsletter called Friday Focus). We have a little over 1,000 subscribers (plus those who read it through social media) to Business Rocks – up from...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: The Power Of Transitions

This week’s focus: One of the biggest things I’ve learned as a football coach is the importance of transitions. These are the points when one team wins possession of the ball from the other.   For the team who has just lost the ball, this is a dangerous...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: The Two Types Of Success

This week’s focus: Instant solutions and quick wins get all the attention. We seem to crave silver bullets, magic pills and overnight successes both in business and life.   These successes are great when they happen. I remember during my time at Boots, for...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: Early Warning Signs

As you read this, I will (hopefully!) be recovering from an operation to remove a rather large kidney stone.   The stone has built up over the years and even though the warning signs were there – I occasionally suffered from pain, particularly when I was...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: Leaking Pipes

This week’s focus: When you have leaking pipes in your home, there are a couple of things you can do about it. First, you could call out a plumber to fix the leak, or, second, you could simply place a bucket under the leak, collect the water and empty it every...
Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

Business Rocks: Accelerators and Brakes

Are you an accelerator or a brake? A car needs both an accelerator and a brake. Without an accelerator, you will never move forward, but without a brake, you will quickly find yourself out of control. Similarly, organisations need to have access to both accelerators...