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Confrontation – Give difficult feedback

By |2018-07-02T14:50:27+00:00June 27th, 2018|Coaching, Leading, Models, Teams|

There is real skill required to build warm relationships at the same time as you manage people to achieve high levels of delivery. It is easy to be either a nice ineffectual leader or a ruthless driver. It is a lot more difficult to drive and build appropriate relationships at the same time. And this [...]

Exponential Organisation – Strategy Map

By |2018-05-10T14:46:24+00:00May 10th, 2018|Models, Strategy|

This posting on the Exponential Organisation is taken from the book on the new organisations by Salim Ismail. Here is a classic tale of disruption: Jan 2007:  Steve Jobs releases the first Apple iPhone. Two months later:  Nokia buy Navteq for $8.1 billion. A high tech road mapping and tracking system with in-road sensors, software [...]

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Change agent – do you really want to play this role?

By |2018-02-19T11:12:02+00:00March 2nd, 2016|Change, Models|

If you are reading this today, there is every possibility you are alive because of the research of Dr Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis.  Dr Semmelweis was an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures and a tragic example of what it may cost to play the role of the change agent. In the mid-1800s mothers giving birth had [...]

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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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Strategy execution: take these steps to make it happen

By |2018-02-21T12:02:01+00:00July 29th, 2015|Models, Strategy|

Strategy execution happens in small chunks.  Plan your day to hedge against procrastination. Plan your week to you carve out a space of calm in the urgent-important. Plan your month to focus on strategic goals. Do you look like the guys in the photo as you execute strategy? You have returned from your off-site. You have [...]

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Do you have your ear to the ground?

By |2016-11-18T10:04:02+00:00May 6th, 2015|Models, Newsletter, Strategy|

Remember in Lord of the Rings when Aragorn has just sorted out this guy? And he says “Let’s hunt some orc” or something like that.  He, Gimli and Legolas, go running off across the mountains.  Every now and then he does this: customer measures - Aragorn has his ear to the ground He [...]

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Value Chain – Creating value goes beyond recipe

By |2016-11-18T10:04:02+00:00April 29th, 2015|Conversation models, Models, Newsletter, Strategy|

Apologies up front for the photo - if this doesn't make your mouth water nothing will. How do you make a cup of tea?  Piece of cake!  Bags in a pot, throw in the water.  You just have to decide whether you pouring for a MIF or a TIF and everyone is happy. But how [...]

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Nine pointers to creating a compelling vision

By |2016-11-18T10:04:02+00:00April 15th, 2015|Models, Strategy, Uncategorized, Vision|

Having a clear vision is very powerful.  In my last ever corporate job, I spent 45 minutes a day in the parking lot, writing my three daily pages of journal notes.  People were encouraging me to hold an exhibition.  Each day I would start my journal by writing, “What are you doing about your exhibition?”  [...]

Undiscussable: Is this why your values don’t gain traction?

By |2016-11-18T10:04:02+00:00April 8th, 2015|Change, Leading, Models, Uncategorized, What Matters|

The real truth behind values-based change My friend Jane runs a business in which she has a handyman visiting client houses.  Time and cost management are critical.  One day while I was visiting, the handyman came in from a job.  He had to return to the same house with equipment he had forgotten the first [...]

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Intangible Assets: Strategy Map manages the hidden 80% of your value

By |2018-03-05T12:49:35+00:00December 5th, 2014|Conversation models, Decision making, Models, Strategy|

Intangible assets: manage the hidden 80% of your value through Strategy Map.  If you grew up in the ‘70s you will probably remember Bruce Lee. He burned brightly for a few short years as an icon in the American film industry. His films triggered a wave of interest in martial arts and changed the way [...]

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