Business Rocks: HS All 2 Predictable

Business Rocks: HS All 2 Predictable

Back in 2012, I wrote this Business Rocks post when HS2, the high-speed rail link between London and the North of England, was first proposed: A new £16 billion high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham (HS2) has been proposed by the government.  The...
Business Rocks: HS All 2 Predictable

Business Rocks: Scale Of Agreement

Decision-making is a key task of any executive team. It can easily consume one-third or more of senior executives’ time. Yet, in a recent McKinsey survey, over 60% of executives said that most of their decision-making time is used ineffectively. The truth is that in...
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Business Rocks: Follow Through

As a result of my three sons loving the sport, I’ve recently revived my sporadic interest in golf. This time I’ve decided to get some lessons so that I’m finally able to swing the club in something like an organised way. I’ve had three lessons so far and the...
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Business Rocks: The Power Of Diverse Thinking

Diversity drives better results. Research has shown that teams with highly diverse opinions create three times as many successful innovations as groups with low levels of diversity. Diverse groups are also better at problem-solving and making new ideas real. Many...
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Business Rocks: Constraint-Driven Innovation

We have our son’s first parents’ evening of the new school year next week. Pre-Covid (remember then?), this would have involved us arriving late, being confused about where to go and waiting endlessly for other parents to finish their sessions before grabbing 30...
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Business Rocks: On A Roll

When it comes to finding examples of exciting, high-growth businesses, our immediate thoughts tend to go to the Silicon Valley giants and other hi-tech, digital superstars. Few of us, I’m guessing, would instantly consider a pasty and sausage roll business. Yet,...
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Business Rocks: Talk The Walk

Last week, Jimmy Greaves sadly passed away. A footballing legend, Jimmy scored over 350 goals in the old First Division, far more than any other player either before or since, and 44 goals for England in just 57 games. By all accounts he was the greatest natural goal...
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Business Rocks: Something To Lose

Emma Raducanu’s incredible victory in the US Open is the sporting achievement of the year. She is the only person to win a Grand Slam after coming through the pre-tournament qualifying rounds and she never lost a set in the entire competition. Ahead of the final,...
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Business Rocks: Thank You

This week I celebrated 15 years as an independent consultant, helping companies to develop better strategies and to accelerate growth. I say ‘celebrated’, but in fact, up until now, I haven’t given it a moment’s thought. Yet, over the past decade and a half I’ve had...
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Business Rocks: Date Stamp

Archie, one of our sons, is fastidious about ‘best before’ dates on food items. It drives my wife to distraction that he refuses to consume anything that is even one minute beyond the date on the package. As someone who has moved house with Corn Flakes that are five...
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Business Rocks: Business V Personal

When I’m agreeing the objectives and scope of projects with my clients, I’m not just focused on the business objectives. I also try to understand the personal objectives that lie behind my buyer’s stated business goals. While their declared aims may be rational and...
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Business Rocks: The Magic Number

The hardest part of strategy is not coming up with ideas. That’s easy, everyone can do it. No, the hardest part is choosing not to do something. The hardest part is prioritizing. Every time you prioritize, you’re saying ‘no’ to a good idea. You are potentially missing...
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Business Rocks: Strategy Is Now

I’ve been running a strategy project with a client. We set out the company’s biggest priorities for the next few years, including clarity about what needs to have been delivered two years from now. We then talked about what need to happen next. The client told me that...
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Business Rocks: Get the Picture

Kodak was an extremely innovative business. It led the move away from photographic plates to chemical film and from black-and-white to colour. One of its scientists even invented the digital camera in the late 1970s, benefitting from the company’s commitment to blue...
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Business Rocks: The Point Of Pain

For the past few months, I’ve been suffering with lower back pain. It’s stopping me from exercising and is, well, a real pain. So, a couple of weeks ago I went to see James, a personal trainer who had radically improved the back health of one of my clients. James...
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Business Rocks: Some Bad News

I have some bad news for you. Last night, your business was completely destroyed. In fact, it’s worse than that. Your whole industry has been wiped out. So, what are you going to do? How would you rebuild your market and organisation? If your mind is blank, you are...
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Business Rocks: In The Bag

I want to draw your attention to a strange and mysterious kind of person. They are both extremely tidy and disgustingly messy. I’ve never observed them in action, but see the results of their work every day when I’m out walking. These people own dogs. They take their...