In recent times, business crises has demonstrated the harm of myopic focus on profits and maximising shareholder value. We face a systemic problem and solving it means asking deep questions about some of the basic assumptions shaping how businesses behave.
Published: 2 November 2018
Being perceived as strategic and ‘always in control’ may have been the holy grail for leaders of the past, but increasingly, they need to be inspiring coaches and communicators, not hiding behind statistics and data.
Published: 24 October 2018
Only a couple of years ago, I was about to close my business. I’d tried everything to save it, but it simply wasn’t working. I was forced to let six staff go, leaving just myself and one other. Then, at the very last minute, we signed a key client and the company was saved.
Published: 21 October 2018
"Disrupt yourself or be disrupted”, is a growing cliché. But I’d encourage HR to park their desire for adopting disruptive behaviour for a moment and think of organisational performance in a more holistic and connected sense. The employee or consumer experience is not going to change just because HR want to be disruptive.
Published: 20 October 2018
CIOs believe the internet of things, cloud computing and automation are changing the way companies staff their technology departments; 29 percent of IT departments claim they are understaffed, increasing to 42 percent for those in large companies. As the roles of tomorrow are being shaped by digitalisation, so too are the skills required.
Published: 3 October 2018
The difference between winners and losers in business these days boils down to processing knowledge, harvesting intellectual capital, and implementing change rapidly as a result.
Published: 7 September 2018
Now, pace of change means any process implemented six months ago may well not be fit for today. A layer of control has to be implemented without becoming ‘controlling’ and obstructing adaptability and innovation - first step is understanding that there's a relationship between standardisation and agility.
Published: 30 August 2018
When does business information become a business disadvantage? Using today’s Business Intelligence (BI) tools can be a bit like trying to drink from a fire hydrant – too much information, from all directions, with no control. Far too often the very business driver a company set out to find and monitor gets lost in the melee.
Published: 20 August 2018
A recent study by Oxford Economics shows UK SMEs are more confident than ever before in 2018 and 41 percent plan on using their agility, innovation and strong customer relationships to reach ambitious targets. With all this in mind, now is a great time to consider whether your marketing strategy is aligned with your goals.
Published: 15 August 2018
Brexit, growing customer expectations, the relentless battle for talent, investor targets and a constant need to innovate - if ever there was pressure on business it is right now. Pressure can crush some and drive others. Indeed, in the right circumstances, pressure can be turned into a positive influence.
Published: 2 August 2018