I seem to have been talking a lot about strategy recently. It is one of those often-used words that is not often thought about enough, and not understood enough. To me strategy refers to that myriad of choices which defines our business, who we are, what we do and how we go about doing what we do.
Read more … Just Say No
Something happened recently that caused me to reflect on what some of my heroes had in common.I don't mind admitting that I am a man who has heroes, lots of them. Maybe it is because I grew up without an obvious male role model throughout my most formative years.
Read more … Some of My Hereos
This is quite definitely my favourite word and, I believe, one of the most important concepts in business. I find myself using this word on an almost daily basis so it was quite enlightening when I decided to check with a couple of people that they knew what it meant and they told me they had never heard the word before! Which just goes to show that we should never assume anything.
Read more … Iteration
One of the greatest changes in modern times has been in the psychology and make up of the people who constitute the greater part of the western world. In 1960 Douglas McGregor identified two different ways of managing which he called Theory X and Theory Y.
Read more … Inspire by love, or rule by fear.
You are probably familiar with the story of the man who encountered a woodcutter sweating profusely as he tried to saw through a tree trunk. When he was asked what he was working so hard at, the woodcutter snapped, “Can’t you see I am trying to saw through this tree trunk?”. “Well” said the man “it is taking you ages and looks like very hard work”. “Yes,” said the woodcutter “the saw is blunt”. “Well, why don’t you stop and sharpen the saw?”, the man asked with every justification to which the woodcutter retorted angrily, “I don’t have the time. Can’t you see I have to saw through this tree trunk?”.
Read more … Sharpen The Saw
“Hard work will always overcome natural talent when natural talent doesn't work hard enough” is a great quotation from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Read more … Hard Work
For a long time there has been a plaque on my office wall which reads “Happiness comes from progress. Progress shows up in the form of growth and a sense of contribution”. I don’t know where the quotation came from initially but it remains there because I believe it to be true.
Read more … Making Progress
Mountain climbing is a dangerous and precarious sport. Often when mountain climbing the protagonists take the sensible precaution of being tied securely to something or someone so that should an accident happen and someone was to fall, their fall would be halted by whatever or whoever they were tied to. We refer to that process as belaying.
Read more … A Secure Base