Business Rocks: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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: U-Turn If You Want To

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...