Category Archives: Opinion

Everything Changes Except Individual Needs

Posted on February 11, 2020

A wake-up call on marketing

Sometimes we need a wake-up call as to how far the world has moved on while we weren’t watching. That call challenges our perception of reality. It’s our reality based upon our own experiences which guides our thoughts, choices and actions. My most recent wake-up call was the need to scrap my Polo after it […]

Brexit Killed My Job

Posted on January 31, 2020

Brexit killed my job today

After a 25-year career, as a result of Brexit, today I lost my job. A job that I was good at and acknowledged to be one of the best by individuals across Europe. In 1995, I wrote and won my first EU-funded bid for innovation. This linked training and small business through the web assisted […]

Efficiency Blocker?

Posted on November 22, 2019

To do list blockers

One of the most effective tools for time management is the simple to do list. Particularly when the list is made daily and the sequence allocated best matches the need and time available. But even with the best of intentions, this sometimes fails or becomes blocked by an item. The longer that the item isn’t […]

Trust Me, I Disagree….

Posted on October 22, 2019

Trust is essential in business

We have all been in teams where we think that an agreement has been made to act in a certain way; but then someone thinks of a ‘clever’ way to wriggle out of it on a technicality. This usually happens at the key no-going-back point, which is then used as the justification because I had […]

The Importance of Difference and Leadership

Posted on May 31, 2019

Difference and Leadership

While in business most of us politely avoid Brexit discussions, it does throw up some interesting reflections on how we now approach difference. Business is a social activity based on organisations, which come in many different formats from the sole trader through to the mega-national. But what ties them all together is how they cope […]

Has GDPR Affected Contact Relationship Management?

Posted on April 08, 2019

Contact relationship management

This time last year businesses were beginning to panic about GDPR compliance and the effect that 25th May might have on contact relationship management, if the deadline was missed. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been so concerned? Apart from Google’s 50M euro fine by the French in February, there have been no major cases or breaches […]

Who is Responsible?

Posted on March 06, 2019

Who is responsible? Me?

Who is responsible never seems to be a good question these days. Not least because it is often followed up by the words ‘this’ or ‘mess’ and hardly ever with ‘because this is brilliant’. Or maybe that’s just the critical rather than nurturing parent in me that mentally adds on the extra bit. But in […]

Does Climate Change Impact Business Strategy?

Posted on December 03, 2018

Bio-regional economics and business strategy

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

Smart Cities, Economies and World

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

Industrial Revolution Industry 4.0

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 […]