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Businesses Don’t Fail Leaders Do

September 28th, 2015 // 6:53 pm @

Failures in leadership are the primary cause of companies not delivering the returns shareholders expect, or even ceasing to trade completely. Research undertaken by Dr Robert Hogan estimates that somewhere in excess of half of people in Leadership roles actually do not have the skills required to lead effectively. So why do companies struggle to […]

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Category : Blog &CEO &Leadership

Ego – The Trump Effect

September 22nd, 2015 // 10:58 am @

Donald Trump personifies the egotistical CEO, and is using this persona to some effect in his run for president; it is interesting to examine how egotistical CEO’s work, and their effect on the business’s they lead. Egotistical CEO’s are easy to identify, they are constantly telling the world how wonderful they are, and how the […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership &Management Technique

King Canute was Right

August 5th, 2015 // 7:57 pm @

King Canute we were told sat before the incoming tide and ordered it to stop, he actually did this to demonstrate to his followers the limited power of even an absolute monarch, but we are told the story anyway as children. King Canute got his feet wet because he could not stop the unstoppable. In […]

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Category : The Future

Constant Change is the only Certainty

July 29th, 2015 // 7:23 pm @

Every business is constantly in a state of change. Those who embrace that reality, focus and drive it to where they want to go will succeed. Those who believe the business is fine as it is, are likely to be overwhelmed by the inevitable change as it happens. It is fashionable to believe that in […]

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Category : Blog &Key Business Success Drivers &Leadership

A Greek Tragedy

February 7th, 2015 // 11:20 am @

Recent events in Greece have all the makings of a further tragedy for Greece, and the possibility of a wider European economic tragedy. The Greek people have elected a radical government with a charismatic leader in Alexis Tsipras, this was an entirely predictable outcome and one that we may see repeated across other troubled counties […]

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Category : Other Thoughts

Activist Shareholders are Good for Companies

February 6th, 2015 // 5:08 pm @

Company Executives rarely welcome activist shareholders, but they should. Companies with active shareholders produce better fiscal results than those without, and CEO’s will ultimately have more success if they embrace such involvement. Not all shareholders are disconnected from how their investments are run, but too many are, and there are a number of reasons why […]

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Category : Blog &Business Strategy

Every question is a cry to understand the world

September 8th, 2014 // 6:23 pm @

The ability to effectively communicate is not a boon to a CEO, it is a necessity. The importance of effective communication is something that is not only critical in business but in life, and the reality is we are all much worse at it than we choose to believe. To effectively communicate is not to […]

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Category : Blog &CEO &Management Technique

CEO – Fiscal Competence

September 6th, 2014 // 3:30 pm @

No really good CEO can operate without understanding “The Numbers”. Much of business is about money and other key numbers, having a strong grasp of what the numbers mean is business critical. That is not to say one needs to be an accountant, in many ways that is a very different skill. A CEO must […]

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Category : Blog &CEO

CEO’s and Business Models

September 6th, 2014 // 3:21 pm @

As CEO you are the keeper of the business model, its development, its communication, and the key decisions that it drives. A Business Model is to me the rational of how a company works, and from that it is simple to understand what are the critical inputs to drive success and what are the critical […]

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Category : Blog &CEO

Visionary CEO

September 6th, 2014 // 2:58 pm @

Successful CEOs need ‘a number of key skills including, vision, Business model understanding, fiscal competence, leadership and the ability to communicate. Vision is a prerequisite of any competent CEO. This requires a clear view of how you want the company to be in the future. This is not something that merely adorns the walls as […]

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Category : Blog &CEO

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