Category Archives: Thought
Trust Me, I Disagree….
Posted on October 22, 2019
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 […]
How Fast? How Good?
Posted on June 25, 2019
The How Fast? How Good? project running in the Forest of Dean has got me thinking about how much of what I do in my business relates to perception. Marketing, innovation and coaching are all about perceptions. Business planning also has a healthy dose of perception about what the business actually is and what it […]
Who is Responsible?
Posted on March 06, 2019
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 […]
What Are You Waiting For In Brexit Uncertainty?
Posted on February 12, 2019
Most businesses seem to be waiting for something concrete to happen with Brexit before acting. The stance seems to be once we know what’s decided we can act. This is wrong. Good business planners look at any situation and attempt to work out the absolute worst scenario, the best scenario and the others in between. […]
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? […]
Summer Break, A Time for Work?
Posted on August 29, 2018
Did you achieve a full summer break this year? Or did you go away on holiday and still replied to emails and made mobile calls? And did you fool yourself by saying that you’d only do this until 10am, but then kept looking at your phone? Or did you keep away and then get increasingly […]
GDPR Practical Thoughts 1A Business Card Process
Posted on August 01, 2018
Welcome to a series of practical thoughts on simple business processes affected by GDPR such as business cards exchange. Today what theorists would call processes related to business card exchange. The rest of us may do this without thinking. As a starting point we must consider all stages of a process before considering the impact. Often […]
Why There is No I in Team
Posted on July 13, 2018
England’s success in the men’s football world cup is a healthy reminder that this old saying is true. There were no big stars around which the youngest team needed to be moulded. While the way Gareth Southgate managed and communicated with his players and others spawned hashtags posing the question what would Gareth do in […]
Are You an Entrepreneur?
Posted on June 11, 2018
Various words come into vogue and then get extended so they become meaningless. Entrepreneur is just such a word. In the last 20 years, it hasn’t been enough to run or own a small business what you needed to strive for is to be an entrepreneur. And then even large companies and public bodies started […]