Six Steps to Finish Quarter 4 Ahead of the Race

Watching this year’s Great North Run as 56,000 people made their way over the finish line after months of preparation for the demanding 13.1 mile marathon, reminded me of how frequently owner managers fail to plan and prepare their own business for the next period ahead. I know that preparation has been critical for those undertaking the challenge for amazing charities including St Michael’s... [Read more]


Steps to Keep Your Business Targets on Track

With May bank holidays mere distant memories – and the start of quarter three just 30-days away – are you hitting the figures the business needs to deliver its annual targets? We’ve previously stressed the importance of avoiding over-complicating your business strategy by creating wieldy and complex plans – in favour of ensuring everything you need to test and measure is on a single page. Running... [Read more]


How to Think Outside the Box to Boost the Bottom Line

Tired of the ‘same old, same old’ ways of doing things and worried that, as a business owner, you and your top team are stuck in a rut and missing out on massive opportunities? Scientists scour the complexities, depths and breadths of what constitutes creativity and innovation – in my experience as an experience strategist and performance coach – I can vouch that some simple practices are... [Read more]


Can Your Crew Trust Your Judgement As Their Skipper?

Can Your Crew Trust Your Judgement As Their Skipper?

In the adage that actions speak louder than words – how well you listen tells your team far more about you than all the words and presentations under the sun. We’ve previously discussed how failing to listen and speaking to the wall is a key warning sign of why leaders fail. This was reinforced in some gems that former SAS Major, Floyd Woodrow, MBE, shared with business leaders and fellow... [Read more]


Five Warning Signs to Prevent Bosses Failing

Five Warning Signs to Prevent Bosses Failing

Reading Samuel Bacharach’s great blog on 5 Reasons Leaders Fail got me thinking how fine the line is between success and failure as a business owner or leader. The challenge is keeping on the right side of that line. In my experience as a Business Strategist and Executive Coach accelerating the effectiveness and profitability of business owners, here are five warning signs I’ve picked up to be... [Read more]


A Three Step Strategy to Stay Ahead of the Game

A Three Step Strategy to Stay Ahead of the Game

Is your business model fit and strong enough to withstand the tough months ahead? As markets continue to expand, contract and shift in response to changing economic conditions, it’s time to re-look at your business model and the key criteria driving it. The burning – and arguably most important question as we enter Quarter 2 – at a recent What If? Forums meeting was: “What do I... [Read more]


Are Your People Paying their Bus Fare?

Are Your People Paying their Bus Fare?

Ensuring you have the right passengers on the bus that are paying their fares is essential for your business to grow and prosper. As business owners and senior managers know only too well, those who are not up to the job drain resources and the bottom line and hamper business growth. As a business strategist who has seen the fallout from owner managed and family run businesses taking on under-performers,... [Read more]


Healthy Eating for a Healthy Business

Healthy Eating for a Healthy Business

Guest Post By Nichola Whitehead If you find you’ve over-indulged after giving up fatty foods or alcohol for Lent, or treated yourself to too many chocolate eggs and hot-cross buns this Easter, when you start back at work after the long bank-holiday weekend, ensure you make time your health, or sooner or later, illness will make time for you. [Read more]  Read More →


Are You Breaking up – or Breaking Down – This Easter?

Are You Breaking up – or Breaking Down – This Easter?

Tomorrow kicks off an eclectic and colourful global series of Easter celebrations. They include a White House ‘Eggstravaganza’ Easter Egg roll, trees decorated with hollowed-out, painted eggs in Germany, half-naked penitents whipping their backs with blades and bamboo sticks in the Philippines and Colombians demolishing iguana, turtle and rodent for their traditional Easter dinner. As a business... [Read more]


Why the Financials Don’t Give You the Bigger Picture

Why the Financials Don’t Give You the Bigger Picture

Three months into 2013 – and with the Easter countdown underway – many owner managers will be getting their management team around the table to see if the financials stack up against the business objectives. In my three decades as a business strategist and executive coach – and chairing peer group forums – I know that pouring over spread sheets for lengthy caffeine fuelled ‘name... [Read more]