Tag Archives: Strategy
The Danger of Big Ideas
Posted on January 15, 2020
Think big ideas and act big is the well-known motivating cry for entrepreneurs. This was useful when most start-ups were small and thought small and incremental. At that time, they were held back by their aspirations. Now there is a very real danger that the big dream is just that because it doesn’t have even […]
SMART Resolutions for 2020
Posted on January 06, 2020
A new year brings new goals for many in their life and business, but how many new year resolutions are truly SMART? SMART is a simple but incredibly effective acronym for any objective or new direction. So whatever aims you’ve set yourselves this January run SMART over them and make them more likely to be […]
Best Made Business Plans Flex and Evolve
Posted on October 29, 2019
The old aphorism fail to plan, plan to fail is true in all walks of life. It is particularly true for business plans if you wish to survive and thrive long term. Plans provide structure and enable action towards common goals. By identifying key performance indicators, they permit measurement towards those aims and through understanding […]
The Importance of Difference and Leadership
Posted on May 31, 2019
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 […]
Why Grow a Business?
Posted on March 12, 2019
In these times of great political and economic uncertainty why would any sane Briton wish to grow their business? The answers are opportunity and discipline. Track back the biggest brands or successful companies and you’ll found that they were started at times of recession when the old assumptions on growth were being shaken. The most […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Why have a Strategy, a Case Study
Posted on October 16, 2018
Despite over 30 years of positive promotion a large number of businesses do not have a business plan or strategy. Yet having a strategy enables the business to decide where it wants or needs to go. And then achieve that objective over a defined period. Just such a case was the CATS Faculty of the […]