Business Rocks: The Two Types Of Success

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: Early Warning Signs

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: Leaking Pipes

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: Accelerators and Brakes

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...
Business Rocks: Is Your Bias Showing?

Business Rocks: Is Your Bias Showing?

This week’s focus: I don’t need to remind my UK-based readers that the country took part in last week’s European Parliamentary elections. As the results came in they were immediately used by each of the main parties to support their own particular views on...
Business Rocks: Digital Immigrants

Business Rocks: Digital Immigrants

A digital native is a person that has grown up in the digital age. Conversely, a digital immigrant is someone who has become familiar with these systems as an adult. And, like adults who move to a new country and master a new language, digital immigrants tend to...
Business Rocks: More Competition, Please

Business Rocks: More Competition, Please

This week’s focus: I’ve been in many strategy meetings where executives say something like, “We need to kill the competition.” There seems to be an innate desire to do away with competitors so that it makes your life easier. That desire is wrong. A lack of...
Business Rocks: Fetch!

Business Rocks: Fetch!

Finney, our cocker spaniel, loves to play fetch on his long, energetic walks.   I’ve noticed that he sets off to chase the ball before it’s even been thrown. He has a slight glance as to where I’m planning to launch the ball, but then runs away...
Business Rocks: Escaping The Vortex

Business Rocks: Escaping The Vortex

  Earlier this week, one Conservative minister reportedly commented that the UK government was trapped in a “Brexit vortex of s**t!” The language might be a little crude, but the metaphor is clear: the government cannot do anything except suffer...
Business Rocks: Why You Need A Coach

Business Rocks: Why You Need A Coach

Successful athletes understand the critical importance of great coaching. I cannot think of a leading sports star who does not have at least one dedicated coach. But why do these men and women continue to turn to coaches, even when they are already so great at what...
Business Rocks: The Benefits of Disasters

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...
Business Rocks: The Currency of Strategy

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...
Business Rocks: The Time Expert

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...
Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

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, it...
Business Rocks: Words Fail Me

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...
Business Rocks: No High In Team

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...
Business Rocks: The Art Of The Possible

Business Rocks: The Art Of The Possible

Can our politics get any more depressing? On both sides of the Atlantic, leading politicians of all persuasions are happy to pontificate and posture but seem temperamentally unable and unwilling to reach out, find common ground and understand what’s actually...