24 May 2017
24_05

During this past year I have been working with several management groups who have been taking their respective companies through a profound change programme. In two of the businesses there is little past evidence of devolved decision making – one has been led by an owner manager and the…

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10 May 2017
10_05

In 1916 Henry Fayol published his book – “Administration Industrielle et Générale” – and in 2017, 101 years later, it was brought to my attention by Amanda Epps. Ms Epps brought this to a management seminar as an example of extra-curricular reading around the subject of management and leadership….

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09 Mar 2016
Wisdom-of-Youth

I recently watched a couple of young business people working through a proposition for putting a ‘business services’ product onto an online sales platform. The service itself was a clever blend of consultancy and self-help and is, at this time, confidential and so remains their secret. What I wanted…

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02 Mar 2016
Inside-Outside

We have just finished another round of strategy programmes for senior level executives and uncovered, again, many of the recurring themes that trouble the emerging strategist. Among these themes are confusions around the language of strategy, for example: When does a strategy become a tactic or, what really is…

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07 Oct 2015
Thinking Strategically-351

If you ask a group of eight managers/leaders, “Who considers themselves to be a strategist?” How many do you think will put their hand up? Jot down your answer now and I’ll get back to it. Within the political environment, it is interesting that we consider a strategist to…

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30 Sep 2015
Structure-Our Servant-351

The moment we delegate a task or the responsibility for the delivery of results we create a ‘structure’ – one person reports to another. The organisation of a business into groups or departments, no matter how large or small, helps to create, among other things, efficient lines of communication,…

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25 Jun 2015
Conflict

It would be a sad day if we start defining business cultures by the presence of conflict within them and yet it is part of the daily cut and thrust of a normal business day. Conflict emerges in just about every part of any venture, most of the time…

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31 Mar 2015
Meat_351

Lets understand the principles of strategic thinking – starting with a couple of questions. Just what is the difference between strategy and tactics? How likely is it, that one man’s strategy is another man’s tactics? The answer to the latter question is of course,  yes and no. If we…

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26 Mar 2015
Thinking Strategy_351

It’s a classic chicken & egg conundrum. The mere act of formulating strategy surely requires strategic thinking, and you would be correct in this. What comes first? Here is some thinking and an output on the matter. Imagine that one of your principle strategic objectives is to grow your…

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06 Mar 2015
Time_351

Time is life and vice-versa. It is the most precious of our personal resources and it makes sense to treat it so. That we might use time to our best personal advantage requires a number of pre-determinations: Strategy – That we have an idea about our lives that guides…

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