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: Ground Level Strategy

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: Ground Level Strategy

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: Ground Level Strategy

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...
Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

Business Rocks: Just Checking

  Dylan, our eldest son, took his theory driving test last week. Or, to be more precise, he nearly took the test. The truth is that, when we got to the testing centre, he mumbled something about having forgotten his driving licence, which was needed to prove his...
Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

Business Rocks: Problem Stones

Last week I found out that I have a relatively large stone in one of my kidneys. Now, I have passed a couple of kidney stones over the past 10 years and can confidently confirm that passing a stone is more painful than childbirth (although, admittedly, with fewer...
Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

Business Rocks: Hidden Successes

Not all successes are obvious or clear. During difficult trading conditions, in particular, it is tempting to dwell on the problems, rather than the opportunities. But even in the trickiest situations, my experience is that there will still be successes out there...
Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

Business Rocks: Running Ahead Of The Ball

Finney, our cocker spaniel, loves to play fetch with a tennis ball. I’ve noticed that he starts running for the ball when my arm is raised to throw it. Even before I’ve begun to throw the ball, he’s off and sprinting in the general direction...
Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

Business Rocks: The Sum of Our Choices

I think it was Albert Camus, the existentialist novelist, who said, “Life is the sum of all our choices.” In other words, it’s the decisions we make – or fail to make – that determine the life we live. It’s the same in business....
Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

Business Rocks: The Cost of Delay

Last week I was working with a client in the US to help the business accelerate its internal pace of delivery. Like many organisations with a desire for improvement, the company is already doing many excellent things – as with this client, when it comes to...
Business Rocks: Ground Level Strategy

Business Rocks: Better Tomorrow

OK, I admit it – I’m a procrastinator! Even with this newsletter I usually wait until an hour before it needs to go out before I write it. That’s what’s happened this morning. It is the deadline that gives me the energy and motivation to get...

Business Rocks: Making A Bad Decision Better

Bad news for Brits. It seems that people are willing to spend more time in a queue if they’ve already been standing around for a while in the line – even if there are other better options available. New research by US scientists has shown that humans, as...