Business Rocks: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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...
Business Rocks: Escaping The Vortex

Business Rocks: The Currency of Strategy

When I’m working with my clients on strategy projects, the biggest gains we make happens when we take the time to develop different future options. Having a few hours to think and talk exclusively about the future of their business is a release for many...
Business Rocks: Escaping The Vortex

Business Rocks: The Time Expert

The biggest issue my clients face in innovating and growing more quickly is capacity. They – and their organisations – simply do not have the bandwidth to get all their ideas delivered at the pace and impact that they want. Unfortunately, many still try to...
Business Rocks: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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: Escaping The Vortex

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....