News

20
Apr

Our Greatest Challenge

I think it was Stephen Covey who said, “next to life itself our right to choose is our greatest gift.” You could view the history of the last 100 years and more as a journey from little or no choice to great and sometimes even total choice

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13
Apr

I wish I worked somewhere like that

We are very often extremely aware of the need, perhaps the obvious need, to be the supplier of choice. In other words to be the one supplier out of all potential suppliers that will be at the top of our clients lists; the number one choice, the first choice. We work very hard to get to a position where customers are saying ‘I would be crazy to go to anyone other than ….insert your company name here.. to supply me with …. insert your product or service here.’ The logic is obvious and compelling and over the years I am proud to have witnessed a number of clients saying such things about companies I have been involved with.

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06
Apr

Thank God it’s Friday

Thank God it’s Friday is a term which has gradually and surreptitiously inveigled itself into our regular and every day language and mind-set, so much so that they even named a restaurant chain after it. So what of it?

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30
Mar

No Hiding Place Part 2

Last time I wrote about how by using the WWW judiciously in meetings and squaring the circle would result in a healthier culture of accountability, and so it will. There will be no hiding place. The reliable performers will be as visible to everyone as will the unreliable ones, or those who dodge each and every responsibility and if you are the boss, there will be no hiding place for you either.

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16
Mar

Get Good at People

At its heart the real difference between poor, mediocre, good and great businesses are the people. Their talents, skills and abilities at an individual level and how they organise themselves to effectively work together at a combined level.

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09
Mar

Start With Who

I make no excuse for flagrantly repeating the advice Jim Collins gave in his all-time classic book “Good to Great” when he advised us to get the right people on the bus, in the right seats doing the right things right. I was privileged to be able to go and meet Jim this last week when he came to London to speak. I was also a part of a two hour private audience with him after the headline event.

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02
Mar

On Weak Management

There has been a surprising reaction to last week’s blog, ‘There should be a law against it’. With most comments railing against the injustices created by weak management.

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23
Feb

There should be a law against it.

I am philosophically almost totally opposed to regulation. However there is one specific area where we are, as yet, unregulated and where there is an obvious need for some form of forced control. That is the area of leadership, management and supervision. Almost weekly I feel compelled to abandon my beliefs and wish for some form of licensing before people are allowed to have formal power over their fellow humans.

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16
Feb

Our Greatest Gift

Stephen Covey once said that “Next to life itself, the power to choose is your greatest gift”. We should never forget it. As people, as humans, as mankind, we get to choose. We get to choose our attitude; we get to choose our reaction. We get to choose whether to speak, or to hold our peace. We get to choose how we are going to spend our time. We get to choose so much, every minute of every day.

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