Category Archives: Strategy

Do you leave “Change” to chance?

As 2023 starts, businesses are facing some tough times ahead. With inflationary pressures still rife, energy costs at all-time highs, and supply chains under enormous pressures, this inevitably leads to consumer downturns, which in turn puts negative pressure on your … Continue reading

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Ever feel like your business has kidnapped you, in the boot of your own car?

Symptoms may include: Feeling out of control No idea where it could all end up Loss of control, as the world around you dictate your actions and responses Immersed in the suffocating detail of your business Lack of time to … Continue reading

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Directorships are being mis-sold

I’m writing this piece as a layperson, reflecting on the position of Directors of all sizes of companies incorporated in the UK. I don’t hold myself out as a legal expert, nor do I sell Directors insurance, but I do … Continue reading

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BREXIT: YOUR CRITICAL 8 POINT PLANNING CHECKLIST

So we have finally reached the end of what appeared to be an exhausting campaign on both sides to consider our membership of the EU. The unexpected result has thrown the UK and Europe into uncharted territory in terms of … Continue reading

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Business Plans Are just Old Hat

Business plans for many SME companies are documents that write down the intentions of the business in the coming period. In the 1950s we saw the rise, and then fall, of the “corporate planner”. This was a function that gathered … Continue reading

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Is This The New Normal For 2015?

2015 is going to be different. It will be the first full year in a post recessionary era where only a small few feel a positive difference, despite the government recovery figures. Life for many is still as tough and … Continue reading

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Do You Dare To Disagree?

I see your point, but if I agree we will both be wrong… Have you ever been to a business meeting, to be faced with some difficult decision or subject matter, and found that people agreed with one another because … Continue reading

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When “Six” Is Not Enough

For the last decade we have been taken through the learning curve of various initiatives whose names begin with “six” – from Hats to Sigma, and its assorted Lean variants. Following Deming’s original work in the 1960s and 70s, organisations … Continue reading

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Pump Up Da Volume, or Change The Stuck Record?

If, as the politicians and newspapers would have us believe, we have emerged from the recession and that growth is finally back to give us good times again why is it that so many CEO’s I speak to, across all … Continue reading

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Where Did “Management Jargon” Come From?

Where Did “Management Jargon” Come From? Management jargon began to explode about the same time as the beginning of the Business School”. It is based largely on seven key words: 1. Solve 2. Projects 3. Problems 4. Management 5. Results … Continue reading

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