A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog called Loving Lean about the spectacular results and innovations that an engaged and committed team can deliver and I am still buzzing with the thought and from the comments I have received so are many of you.
Read more … Still Loving Lean
Today aluminium is so cheap and so plentiful that we use aluminium foil (tin foil) to wrap our sandwiches, to cover our meat as we roast it and to hold charcoal for as long as it takes a disposable barbecue to do what it has to do. It has become the ultimate disposable metal in our throw away world.
Read more … Tin Foil or Gold Bars?
When I left university my first job was in the South West of England. In those days, in that part of the world Tug of War was a proper sport. There were teams, leagues and championships. People took it pretty seriously.
Read more … Tug of War
Lean, lean manufacturing, the Toyota Production System, Kaizen are terms that are often used synonymously. They refer to the systematic removal of waste in a set of processes. I am not a lean expert and I struggle sometimes to understand precisely what constitutes waste but I am sill loving lean.
Read more … Loving Lean
I know that I talk about success and I am in the business of success and of helping people be successful more often and more quickly but it would be naive and dishonest to pretend or even imply that failure didn’t exist. Failure is one of the best and most sure fire ways to learn.
Read more … Fail fast
People can go into business for all kinds of reasons, and when they do they usually take with them a specific technical skill or a set of technical skills. If you have ever watched my Famous Wiggly Line Theory I talk about someone who is a tiler, but those technical skills can be anything, a saleman, a lawyer, a solicitor, an accountant or a vet. However the technical skills that are needed to get a business underway are not the skills that are needed for that business to grow and to prosper. The moment a technician becomes a business owner he or she needs to become an expert in the business of business rather than simply an expert in what the business does.
Read more … Technician or Entrepreneur? It is all about mindset.
There has long been a saying in the business development world that goes
“80% of businesses will fail within the first 5 years, of the 20% that remain 80% of them will fail within the next 5 years; therefore of every 100 businesses founded in 2005 only 4 will remain in 2015.” So if you have established a business that is still in existence after ten years Congratulations.
Read more … What Can Happen In 10 Years.
Sir John Whitmore told a great story about two children who lived next door to each other.
One winter’s morning they awoke to find the ground covered in snow, and as young boys would they both nagged their mother to let them go and play outside in the snow. Johnny’s mother made sure that Johnny was thoroughly wrapped up with gloves, hat scarf wellies and thick socks before she would let him out.
Jimmy’s mother took a different approach. She said “of course you can go out and play if that is what you want Jimmy, but before you do is there anything that you need to think about?”
Read more … Enabling Genius
Never underestimate the power that choice plays in our lives. Steven Covey once wrote that “Next to life itself, the power to choose is your greatest gift”. And so it is, perhaps.
Wherever we are, whatever we are, we are there because it is the total of all of the choices that we have made so far. So choose well.
Read more … It is your choice
These are the three words that are used most frequently in my coaching rooms. I am not sure where the phrase originally came from but it has wormed itself into the lexicon and mindset of me and every client I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Read more … Clarity is Power