Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

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: How Are You Seeing The World

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: How Are You Seeing The World

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: How Are You Seeing The World

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...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: All Things Must Pass

This week’s focus: At this stage, no-one quite knows how long the coronavirus will last, let alone the time it will take for life and the economy to return to ‘normal’. One thing’s for sure, though: the businesses that will recover best will be those that...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Do You Dare To Be Different?

This week’s focus: The UK government’s approach to managing the impact of the coronavirus is controversial. Critics say that it is too relaxed and that the government has failed to get a proper grip. And then they point to the more draconian measures that have...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Pale Male And Not So Stale

This week’s focus: As the US presidential race gets into gear, I see that many people are bemoaning the fact that all the leading candidates – Trump, Sanders and Biden – are white men in their 70s. The ‘pale, male and stale’ accusations are coming thick and...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Browned Off With Bronze

This week’s focus: I’m involved in SportsAid, a charity which supports up and coming athletic talent and helps to fund the UK’s future Olympic stars. Earlier this week, I attended an event where the charity had invited around 60 parents of some young athletes to...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Skiing In The Fog

This week’s focus: We’ve been on a family holiday this week, skiing in France. We know the resort well, but have had several days when low cloud, heavy fog and poor visibility has limited our ability to ski at full speed. In fact, even on the pistes we’ve skied...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Kill The Quick Wins

This week’s focus: The desire for instant results in both personal and business life is endemic. Want to lose weight, find a new relationship, get rich or become a social media star? No problem, there are millions of people promoting something to help you do...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: The Sustainability Continuum

This week’s focus: Sustainability has been on the corporate agenda for two decades or more. Yet, while some companies have brought sustainability into the core of their business, for most, sustainability still sits at the periphery of the organisation. It’s...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Reasons To Be Cheerful

This week’s focus: I don’t know about you, but I find it almost impossible to name my favourite piece of music. There are just so many contenders. Off the top of my head, Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads, Common People by Pulp, Life on Mars? by David Bowie,...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: The Truth Can’t Hurt You

This week’s focus: When I first became the Head of Strategy for Boots the Chemists in 2000, the UK retailer had just found itself in the middle of a supermarket price war. From a position where Boots had slightly higher prices than the Tesco, Asda and the other...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Turning Over A New Leaf

The garden in our new house is quite large and has many mature trees. It looks great most of the time, but has one drawback: falling leaves. From October through to January, the leaves continue to rain down onto the lawn, patios and driveways. In the past couple of...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Don’t Be So Retiring

I’m at a funny age – again – it seems. This year has seen a high in the number of people I know that have retired. Brothers, friends, ex-colleagues are all in the process of swapping their daily commute for a life on the golf course or...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: The Best Investment

I have been playing the guitar for 37 years. And, to be honest, for 35 or more of those years, I haven’t improved. Over that time, I’ve probably had no more than 10 lessons and so it shouldn’t really surprise me that my attempts at...
Business Rocks: How Are You Seeing The World

Business Rocks: Business Change is Boring

Why do over 60% of transformation efforts fail? The reasons are many and varied – cost, excessive complication, insufficient in-house capability and trading downturns are all possible causes. But one reason that is never mentioned is, in my experience,...