Stephen Quirke

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About Stephen Quirke

At StrategyWorks we work with the executives and the teams tasked with delivering strategy. Strategy can be set by decree but someone in the organisation must make it happen. At StrategyWorks we work with leaders tasked with executing strategy. Stephen coaches individuals and teams to align their thoughts around relevant information and structures to focus teams on delivery. Stephen is also keen on painting in watercolours.

Learning cycle: Break out of your Groundhog Day

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00February 16th, 2016|Coaching, Learning, Models, Personal Mastery|

In the movie “Groundhog Day” Phil get’s stuck in a time loop and gets to relive the same day over and over. He tries different ways to fill his time. Eventually, tired of the repetition, he finds that not even suicide can get him out of the loop. it’s a very old movie, a classic, [...]

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Creating scenarios – is hard work

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00February 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Long long ago, my grandmother in Durban had a Zulu lady named Elizabeth working in her house. As my granny ate her breakfast she listened to the news on her little transistor radio. (No TV in those days). After the news she would go up and do final prep before walking out to catch the [...]

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Scenario? Why bother? Just crank out a forecast

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00February 2nd, 2016|Strategy|

On 17 October 1973 the Arab members of OPEC along with Egypt and Syria, triggered by the US involvement in the Yom Kippur War, pulled the plug on oil supplies to the United States and Europe.  This was a scenario few had contemplated. Fuel restrictions emptied the roads. The embargo ended in March 1974.  The [...]

Innovation – pull it all together in your strategy

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00January 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

There we have the history of civilisation in 10 great leaps of innovation. Fire, Wheel, Paper, Printing press with moveable type, Michael Faraday who discovered semiconductor properties, AGB with the first phone, Signore Marconi, the three guys who gave us the transistor and Ted Hoff who invented the microprocessor. And here we are, at the [...]

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Advice: Can you give it? Can you take it?

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00November 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

There is a story about a man driving down the road when a woman comes past the other way screaming at him “PIG, PIG”.  He looks round and makes a rude gesture at her and as he turns back he runs into a pig in the middle of the road. OK it is not a [...]

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Networking: Why waste your time?

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00November 11th, 2015|Marketing, Uncategorized|

“Networking is complete waste of time!” “You get cornered by the Mr Self-absorbed or the woman who keeps looking over your shoulder to be sure not to miss out on someone really cool. They either want to sell you something, tell you their life story (from birth to now) or eat your brains. Well OK [...]

Trends – A comic book posting

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00October 30th, 2015|Strategy|

Imperturbable Frank Wild checks out the wreckage of the Endurance – the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition – 1915/1916. From whence cometh your decision-making input When the Endurance finally broke up completely, the men heaved a collective sigh of relief. The tense wait was over, the die had been cast and they set off across the [...]

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Scenarios: Create memories of the future

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00October 19th, 2015|Strategy, Uncategorized|

Wouldn’t it be great to know the future? I don’t know about this guy and his quatrains. But some people have the uncanny ability to prepare years in advance to be in the right place at the right time to capitalise on a trend.  The rest of us can use scenarios to fill in the [...]

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Are you setting direction or selling sausage

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00October 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The illustration for this posting was kindly provided by Brian Quentin Webb from Taiwan.  Brian posts as bQw on Deviant art and you can see this image on his site. Here is a company purpose statement “Our purpose is to create value from producing quality products that meet the needs of customers, allowing us to [...]

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Splitting and Projection – a core defense

By |2016-11-18T10:03:58+00:00September 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

We avoid dealing with issues by splitting and projection. Melanie Klein, a student of Freud, identified our ability to manage the anxiety of reality by disowning our crises. As an infant, we could not face the terror of a mother not being available to us or worse still, being angry with us. To deal with [...]

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