Category Archives: Strategy

The Leaders Guide to Corporate Culture – Mind the Gap!

Changing strategy and changing culture are two of the most common areas leaders focus on to make an impact. The question is, where to start? Peter Drucker famously said ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’ but that does not mean leaders should start with setting out to change the culture. In fact I would advise the opposite. A clear and compelling…

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Culture & Cowdung – the Conventional Wisdom of the Dominant Group

We all have a personal paradigm, a filter that enables us to make sense of the world around us. Its presence is reassuring, as without it we would be overwhelmed by the enormous amount of stimuli that surrounds us every moment of every day. Personal paradigms are essentially a collection of unquestioned assumptions and beliefs that for us are self-evident…

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Strategy & Culture – The 2 main levers leaders can pull to make their mark

Strategy provides clarity, direction and focus for collective change work and I have written a lot about this topic in previous blogs. Check out ‘Strategy as a little black dress‘ and ‘Visions, missions and all that jazz’ as two examples. Culture by contrast is far more elusive and esoteric, made up as it is of unspoken ‘truths’, embedded rituals, incumbent…

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The Future is Uncertain……so what’s new?

Forecasting is a risky business and forecasting the future is particularly challenging, but as leaders we have no choice. As we look out to the future the start of 2017 heralds the most uncertain business strategic landscape for many a year. A quick review of the predications made at this time last year will confirm that listening to ‘experts’, in whatever field, provides…

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The 3 Key Ingredients You Need for New Thinking to Occur

There is plenty of evidence around us that demonstrates us we are living though some unprecedented challenges to our conventional way of thinking. Just about the only thing we can say for certain about the future is that what will happen is uncertain. So, now more than ever, we need to stop and think about the way we think about…

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Use your Head or follow your Heart – The impact of our Minds-Eye on our decision making ability

When making decisions we are predisposed to use both insight and intuition. Insight is the view our minds-eye has of the world around us and is primarily rational in nature whilst intuition, (literally tuition from within), is what we feel about the world right now. They are both by definition, unique to us and can significantly alter the effectiveness of…

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Bringing Vision and Strategy to Life

Far too many vision statements and accompanying strategy presentations put people to sleep. Leaders find them difficult to present and participants find them even more difficult to listen to. They are full of corporate and management speak that fails to engage the heart as well as the head of the people they are developed by and for. Enough of this nonsense. This annual ritual…

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Building a Global R&D Strategy – a case study

Building a Global R&D Strategy – and developing a high potential global leadership team in the process. The Client – A €21 billion global food business employing over 100,000 people around the world. The head of the global R&D function for the €4.2 billion Waters division leads a globally dispersed senior R&D team that lead the development of new product innovations for…

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Mobilising a Complex Multi-Discipline Project – a case study

Mobilising a complex project – getting a multi-disciplinary project off to the best possible start. The Client – A global world-class infrastructure and services business with a turnover of c£10 billion. The bid director asked us to help him mobilise a £16m regional infrastructure project that had ‘preferred bidder’ status. The project was to design and build 16 Fire Stations across the North West of the…

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