News

13
Dec

How complex is your business?

One of the major roadblocks to growing any business is the way that things become exponentially more complex unexpectedly quickly.

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06
Dec

Do you know your triggers?

We are coming to the end of another year and the custom is as we pass from the old year to the new one that we make New Year Resolutions. So here is my suggestion. Stop it! Don’t do it! You know they don’t work, so why bother?

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29
Nov

Do you invest in yourself?

Of course it is. The problem is always out there but it doesn’t necessarily follow that the solution is out there, so stop looking for it ‘out there’.

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22
Nov

Sport and Leadership

I have always steered clear of using sporting analogies when talking about business or indeed leadership. I know that some people use sporting analogies often but I usually feel that they don’t work. I don’t see an awful lot of similarities between a golfer hitting a static object towards a predefined, clearly visible target particularly relevant to the all action highly dynamic world of business.

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15
Nov

"Why pride matters more than money"

One of my favourite experts in the areas of organisational culture and leadership, Jon R Katzenbach, wrote a book entitled “Why pride matters more than money”. I don’t think it is his most important or best work, but the message is crucial and we forget it at our peril.

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08
Nov

"Are you in the busyness of business?"

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupery in the 20th Century. We have already discussed how complexity grows exponentially as a business grows.

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01
Nov

How Complex Is Your Business?

As businesses grow they inevitably and necessarily become more complex. The fact is that complexity grows at an exponential rate, not a linear rate. If there are two people two relationships will exist; A with B and B with A. when a third joins, six relationships will exist; A with B and C, B with A and C and C with A and B. when a fourth joins there will now be twelve relationships and so it goes on.

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25
Oct

Do you manage and nurture the relationships in your business?

Chief Executives are recruited for their business acumen and fired for their lack of emotional intelligence, or so goes a quote in Daniel Goleman’s best-selling book ‘Emotional Intelligence’.

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18
Oct

How often do you review yourself, your people and your business?

Many business owners spend a lot of time in reviews. They review their business’s performance for yesterday, last week, last month. They may review the performance of their marketing department, their sales department.

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11
Oct

Where would we be without curiosity?

Where would we be without curiosity? Carol Dweck differentiated between the growth mindset and the fixed mindset in her now famous book “Mindset”.

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