Obstacle course, sprint or marathon?

I was re-reading Jack Stack’s ‘A Stake in the Outcome’ over the last couple of weeks and a comment he made about the nature of the business race we’re running really jumped out at me. Teams would probably associate their long-term goal, or BHAG as Jim Collins calls it, as a marathon; an event of  Continue reading…

Do you live by rules or conventions?

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 I recently spent time in the company of Dr Kaihan Krippendorff, an inspiring strategist I had the privilege to meet through the Gazelles Coaching program. Kaihan is a business strategist, keynote speaker, consultant and best-selling author of four books, most recently Outthink the Competition. A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, he now writes one of  Continue reading…

Three lessons in business from futures traders

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Plenty of organisations have trouble starting things, but in my experience as a coach and advisor, they have even more trouble stopping them. Those who play the commodity futures market understand the fine line between stop and start…“knowing when to hold ‘em, knowing when to fold ‘em” is the crucial difference between soaring success or  Continue reading…

The power of resilience

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Last Friday, as usual, I woke at 5.45am, threw on my exercise gear and hit the footpath for a 30 minute run. Morning exercise is a daily ritual for me; come rain, hail or shine. This particular morning (if you’re in Melbourne, you may recall it) there was rain. A lot of it. Buckets, in  Continue reading…

Are you transformational?

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A key challenge for my clients is that the pursuit of fast growth requires a series of transformations in their business. By definition we can’t dramatically drive up performance without making a number of changes: perhaps some different roles and people, a new strategy, a switch of emphasis in the client/product mix, some new execution  Continue reading…

Strategic Planning for the New Financial Year

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With the new financial year approaching at a rapid rate, now is the time to start thinking about your strategic plan for 2014-2015. Whether you are starting from scratch, or evaluating and updating last year’s strategic plan, you need to act now. By starting the planning process early, you can finalise your strategic plan before  Continue reading…