News

12
Oct

The First Discipline of Execution

The first discipline that is necessary for excellent execution we call ‘priorities’. Every business faces the same challenge. There is always too much to do and too little time to do it in. As the numbers of people in a business grows, it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep everyone on the same page and focussing on the same thing. Individually we will all have our own tasks, our own preferences and our own interpretation of what is important. The natural consequence of this is that very quickly businesses and organisations become fractured as people start following their own agendas and setting their own priorities.

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05
Oct

When Cash is King

No one can prepare us for the reality check that comes the first time, as a business owner, we need to sign the cheque to make the payroll. Nothing can prepare us for the reality that bites at that moment, the realisation that if there isn’t enough cash available that people are not going to get paid and all that will ensue. That moment of truth is a defining moment and I don’t believe that anyone who has not been in that position can ever fully realise what it is like.

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28
Sep

As Homer Says

I have noticed that there are some leaders who are able to hold challenging conversations easily and effortlessly, who are able to communicate difficult and often unpleasant news with equanimity, balance and effectiveness, who are able to ‘trade in the truth’ with themselves and with others; and there are some that can’t.

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21
Sep

Environment

I wonder, how much attention do we pay to the environment that we are creating? I am not necessarily referring to the physical environment, such as the space, furniture, design etcetera, although that is undoubtedly important; but the cultural and perhaps spiritual environment.

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14
Sep

Philosophy

It’s an interesting word and you may feel that it has little or no place in business but the opposite is surely true. As Google is my friend I looked up the word and one of the definitions said “a theory or attitude that acts as a guiding principle for behaviour”.

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07
Sep

Take A Little Time

One of the organisations I am involved with used to have a ritual at the beginning of every board meeting. It used to open with a prayer. Now I am not a particularly or overtly religious person and over time that ritual has been allowed to lapse. It was, for some, slightly awkward but I have questioned the wisdom of letting the practice disappear.

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31
Aug

Imperative

One of the best things about owning or leading your own business is that you are accountable to no-one. One of the worst things about owning or leading your own business is that you are accountable to no-one.

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24
Aug

Stretch

It is inconceivable that as a species we do not relish stretch. Our species is unique for having an evolutionary history which has overcome every challenge set before it, from the discovery of fire to the invention of the wheel to the taming of nature right through to finding ways to treat almost every ailment that can beset us to now conquering space and harnessing wave power.

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17
Aug

Destination

There is a piece in Alice in Wonderland which goes something like this. “Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked. 'Where do you want to go?' responded the Cheshire Cat. 'I don't know,' Alice answered. 'Then,' said the Cat, 'it doesn't matter.”

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