Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Andromeda

In a parallel life, I would have been an astrophysicist. At university, I was always envious of those students who were able to go to the observatory to study particular stars, constellations and other celestial bodies. That said, my interest is fairly dormant. I...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Building Virtual Teams

In my last Business Rocks article, I asked the question about how leaders can build high-performing teams in a world where working from home and virtual meetings will continue to be the norm click here. With such a dramatic fall in social contact at work – and the...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: The Office

The joys of working from home appear to be wearing thin. I’ve spoken to two senior executives this week who have told me that they’re struggling to maintain their enthusiasm and energy as a result of WFH isolation. While retail, health, distribution, factory and other...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: U-Turn If You Want To

I wrote a few weeks ago how Dylan, my eldest son, felt no real ownership of his impending A-Level results – see here. I hadn’t imagined, however, that the algorithm used to determine his grades would generate quite so many iniquitous outcomes. Media reports suggest...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Becoming A Skilled Sailor

Back in the 1990s, my wife and I went on a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean. For the first week, we stayed in an hotel and spent each day learning to sail a 35-foot yacht. The weather was glorious; sun, heat and no wind. The smooth, still sea had been painted with...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Lessons From Football Coaching

For the first time in a couple of years, I have been coaching a junior football team. It is a grassroots under-16s squad and we have a wide range of abilities. I’ve been enjoying the process and have been running two 90-minute sessions for the boys each week. As I’ve...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: The Ownership Test

In a few weeks’ time, my oldest son, Dylan, will receive his A-Level results. These results will determine which, if any, university offers he is able to accept. Like all other A-Level and GCSE students, however, Dylan hasn’t taken any exams. As a result of the...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Local Lockdowns

Most UK bars and restaurants will reopen again this weekend. As the number of Covid-19 cases finally approaches a sustainably manageable level, the 15-week social lockdown is being eased. Not in Leicester, however. There, the bars will remain shut for a further two...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Further And Faster

Like many others, I’ve used the lockdown period to improve my fitness. For the first time in over a decade I’ve been running three or four times a week. I must admit that I was a little nervous about it, worrying that I would injure a knee or ankle, so I’ve been...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Leadership Legacies

The blacksmith, Francis Bowes, died in Poulton-le-Sands, a small Lancashire fishing village, in 1732. I know this because Mr Bowes made a bequest in his will to start a village school, which, some 240 years later, I attended. Mr Bowes’s generosity was not only a...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: The Unwritten Future

Yesterday, in an idle moment browsing the internet, I came across this photo. It shows the band Prefab Sprout playing to a small crowd in London in early 1984. What really made me stop and look closely at the picture, however, was the fact that it also shows the back...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: 7 Lessons For Post-Covid Growth

I’m in the process of concluding a short, focused post-Covid strategy project with a client. We’ve been working on how the business can continue to grow and thrive through the pandemic and the inevitable economic downturn. We’ve made a lot of progress in a few weeks...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Winning In Any Scenario

I’ve been leading some scenario planning as part of a short, focused strategy project with a client. The executive team want to understand how their business can win in the post-crisis world and get to grips with the scale of the challenge ahead. The four scenarios...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: How To Set Moonshots

When JF Kennedy became president of the US in 1961, the country lagged well behind the Soviet Union in the space race. Yet, in May of that year, Kennedy announced to Congress his intention of putting a man the moon and returning them safely to Earth, before the end of...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

There are two ways to look at the post-Covid world. The first is to look through the lens of risk. After all, there is likely to be a significant recession in most countries. How deep and long-lasting the downturn proves to be is still up for debate, but most...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Succeeding Beyond The Pandemic

Crises change markets. In 2008, Aldi, the German-based discount supermarket, had a 1.6% share of the UK grocery market. Then the financial crash happened. As a result, shoppers looked for value and found it in spades at Aldi. The retailer hasn’t looked back and has...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: The Blame Game

This week’s focus: A few years ago, I was invited to the opening of a new concept store. The store looked great and the initial customer reaction was extremely positive. I turned to one of the project managers who was there and asked him if he’d been closely...
Business Rocks:  Andromeda

Business Rocks: Something Changed

This week’s focus: Over the past month, companies have been working round the clock to respond to the challenges of the coronavirus crisis. Where possible, they have been working out how best to keep some sort of show on the road. Otherwise, business leaders...