Monthly Archives: June 2014

Cost Creep and Silo-focus

Silos are great for missiles, but not for organisations. Every CFO knows about “cost creep”; the slow build up over time in the cost/revenue ratio.   And try as they might to bring it to the attention of the CEO and the … Continue reading

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Hidden Agenda, Leadership and Corporate Culture

I was recently having breakfast at an out-of-town hotel (something I do quite often these days) prior to a client meeting and at the table next to me sat three businessmen.  They were also away on business and their day, … Continue reading

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The Nose Knows . . .

Several months ago I attended a panel discussion at London Business School hosted by the UK Turnaround Management Association.  On the panel were experts from the various professions brought in to deal with distressed companies – legal, operational, financial, advisory, banking and … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

The dinosaur’s eloquent lesson is that if some bigness is good, an overabundance of bigness is not necessarily better.                   – Eric Johnston Thanks to Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard University and his 1997 landmark … Continue reading

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The Missing Leadership Competency

I must confess I am not a great fan of the popular focus on long lists of leadership competencies and their use in everything from leadership training to executive recruiting. I look at the long list of competencies that supposedly make up a … Continue reading

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A Pleasant Surprise . . . Corporate Culture from 1965

This morning I was feeling a little guilty since I hadn’t posted a new blog in several days.  My excuse being the pressures of work and meetings, but excuses don’t even buy sympathy any more, so I sat down at my … Continue reading

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Big Change vs Little Changes . . .

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change. ~often attributed to Charles Darwin Whether or not Darwin actually said this, it certainly … Continue reading

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