Category Archives: Opinion
Does Climate Change Impact Business Strategy?
Posted on December 03, 2018
Our third blog on global challenges in business strategy looks at changing models of capitalism. With a 1980’s MBA and 30 years’ experience successfully developing my own and client businesses, you’d expect me to be used to applying SWOT and PESTLE analyses and Porter’s Five Forces. But today with the start of COP 24 in […]
Smart Cities, Smart Economies or Nonsense
Posted on November 20, 2018
For most of this century we have tried to be smart. Smart cities and smart economies are terms that have been thrown around to such an extent that there is now little agreement on their meaning. Yet their underpinning concepts are very important for any business and will significantly affect everyone. Why Smart is Confused? […]
Long Live the Industrial Revolution?
Posted on November 13, 2018
Our economic world is changing in ways that are unrecognisable to many people. These changes challenge the basis of any business plan. Brexit is just one factor. Now, in the UK the assumptions upon which many organisations have been based for the last 40+ years, no longer apply. We might have disliked the EU rulebooks […]
Growth Coach, a Tautology or an Oxymoron
Posted on October 31, 2018
More people describe themselves as a Growth Coach and I wonder sometimes what they think the term means. For me, there are times when the words Growth Coach mean the same and for others that the words are completely opposed. What does a Coach Do? Any coach fulfils five roles for the person they are […]
Why Have a Business Strategy?
Posted on October 17, 2018
The number of businesses that do not have a business strategy is startling. They survive based solely on their ability to cope with whatever is thrown at them. If they’re a rapidly growing business, then it’s not surprising when the lack of strategy leaves that growth unsupported. It’s only a matter of time until the […]
GDPR Practical Thoughts 1B Business Cards
Posted on August 10, 2018
Last week I posed 6 reasons for exchanging business cards. Each is potentially impacted by GDPR. All required thought about whether it was company or personal data and what the intent might be. In each case behaviour and processes needed to be considered to stay the right side of the law. GDPR Impacts on Business […]
Why Mentoring is not Coaching
Posted on June 26, 2018
As a Gloucestershire Growth Hub and Warwick Business School Alumni mentor, I’m often in conversations about the differences between coaching, mentoring and consulting. Some believe each of these to be distinctly different. Yet often the skills and methodologies that might be deployed can seem the same. This in practice those distinctions are blurred. My own […]
Was I Right to Delay Becoming GDPR Compliant?
Posted on April 24, 2018
A year ago I wrote 3 blogs on what businesses needed to do in order to be GDPR compliant in time for May 25th 2018. At the time much was about definitions as the requirements of the Regulation were being worked upon. Now there are answers for most (but not all) areas so time for […]
Opinion Is Fundamental to Marketing & Has Absolutely Changed
Posted on November 07, 2017
Marketing is all about perceptions. Psychology and perceptions inform our decisions and actions. Feeling cold this morning in the office, I put a jumper on. At the same time a colleague felt hot and took one off. The temperature was exactly the same, but our perceptions were different. Marketing creates and exploits those opinions in […]
Why Customer Service is Never a USP
Posted on October 10, 2017
Spending a lot of time with start-up and growing businesses in Gloucestershire, I often come across managers who think that customer service is their unique selling point. Every time I have to tell them it is not and never can be. Unique Selling Point A business’ USP (unique selling point) is what makes them stand […]