Business Rocks: Fresh Air

Business Rocks: Fresh Air

Alongside the amazing science, technology and financial investment that has gone into the development of all the brilliant vaccines and treatments, there is one other way that Covid-19 can be stopped in its tracks: fresh air. The simple act of meeting outside, or...
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Business Rocks: Big Think Goals

This is my last Business Rocks of the year. I know that it has been another hard, energy-sapping year for many, so I hope that you get the opportunity to rest and recharge your batteries over the next two weeks. The period between Christmas and New Year is often a...
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Business Rocks: The Discipline Of Innovation

Somerset Maugham, the playwright and novelist, was once asked if wrote on a schedule or only when struck by inspiration. “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately, it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.” Over the past week I’ve watched...
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Business Rocks: The 2 Types Of Decisions

All management decisions are either about the past or the future. Decisions about the past are focused on understanding and fixing problems. Your time is spent working out what’s happened, how it happened and what needs to be done to fix the issue, or at least limit...
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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...
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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...