Archive for category: Leadership

How is your Business Agility restrained by your approach to decision making?

How is your Business Agility restrained by your approach to decision making?

Why do successful organisations pursue established strategies for too long? The hypothesis behind this blog is that it is a consequence of the way they make decisions.

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Is your enterprise too reliant on a rear-view mirror?

Is your enterprise too reliant on a rear-view mirror?

The speed of competition means we need to do more than look in our review mirror to assess competitive threats. Proactive assessment of changes in power amongst our suppliers & buyers, potential substitute products and new entrants, the competitive rivalry and changes in complementary products and regulation is a basis for improved enterprise agility.

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Using effective reflection to improve your performance

Using effective reflection to improve your performance

Deliberately reviewing personal performance – on a regular basis – and reflecting on things that went well and should be repeated, things that should not be repeated and things that should be done differently in future is an established method of improving performance. This blog uses Steven Covey’s approach to segment important and urgent activities and provides a practical example of using reflection across a week of business and sporting activity.

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Silos, Teams and Data

Silos, Teams and Data

A classic organisational dilemma. Optimise performance in a component of a business by establishing strong teams that are allowed to insulate themselves – perhaps in Silos – or focus on removing all internal barriers to optimise cross functional excellence and agility. I believe that Leaders can do more to optimise a balance between building efficient teams (ones that develop excellence within their particular domain) and enterprise wide effectiveness that minimises internal silo barriers to optimise agility. Moreover, enterprises that optimise this balance have a better foundation for maximising the value of their organisational data.

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An Excellent Team?

An Excellent Team?

England’s victory over New Zealand was a great experience to witness at Twickenham on Saturday. I thought the performance was a tremendous example of a team having the ambition and commitment to proactively engage with the competition and the talent and architecture to execute this successfully.   Gareth Jones, a […]

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Are Employers at a Critical Tipping Point?

Are Employers at a Critical Tipping Point?

  As Employees have been doing more with less – and in many cases for less – for the last 5 years (and that doesn’t seem likely to change in the near future), it is not surprising that the recent Towers Watson Global Workforce Survey painted a depressing picture. Amongst […]

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How do your Corporate Values and your People influence your Strategic Direction?

How do your Corporate Values and your People influence your Strategic Direction?

  How much consideration do you give to corporate values as a leadership team? Develops its ambition for your Enterprise?  Sets corporate direction and incentivises the performance necessary?        The recent Employee Outlook report produced by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggests that 40% of employees […]

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Compensation for Executive Superstarts

Compensation for Executive Superstarts

Do you use: Benchmark compensation data to set senior executive compensation?  Consider the enterprise’s performance and shareholder return relative to comparable companies? Data on your Senior Executive’s compensation in past years and compensation data across the enterprise? Recently published research by by Charles M. Elson and Craig K. Ferrere of […]

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Setting Strategic Direction

Setting Strategic Direction

  How is Strategic Direction set in your organisation? The short time horizons in some enterprises – not least where tenure in the C suite is short and the primary focus is on meeting analyst’s expectations for the quarter – reduces the attraction of classical strategic planning. Nevertheless I believe […]

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Using Social Media to Improve Change Initiatives

Using Social Media to Improve Change Initiatives

As I reflected on the recent attention being given to being agile – on the basis that volatility has become a way of life (for example Accenture’s Outlook and the McKinsey’s Quarterly), the ever increasing competitive rivalry and strict financial controls, I revisited some of the change management literature and […]

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