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Desperate Marketing

February 7th, 2013 // 12:12 pm @

There is a growth in aggressive marketing verging on the desperate. Not only from the unscrupulous players there have always been, but now from major companies, why? Facebook is placing “Suggested Pages” into our feeds, presumably having not been able to generate enough revenue from its traditional advertizing to support its share price, and shareholder […]

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Category : Blog &Other Thoughts

Hard Decisions are not made in Good Times

February 7th, 2013 // 11:36 am @

The tough questions and decisions that leaders are supposed to make are rarely faced up to when things are going well, often with disastrous results. Whether it is a country or a company there are the big questions, the elephant in the room questions, the ones that will make or break the organization over the […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership

Great Organizations

January 29th, 2013 // 1:55 am @

We recognize them when we see them, the truly great organizations, but what makes them great? I ordered some Olive Oil bowls through Amazon (But not actually from them) at 10am one morning, that night I was told they would be delivered the next day. I went to the gym for 2 hours the next […]

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Category : Blog &Companies

Failures in Leadership

January 28th, 2013 // 9:34 am @

Failures in leadership are often the cause of companies not delivering the returns shareholders expect, or even ceasing to trade completely. Even where the company is facing issues not directly caused by poor leadership, a good Leader will be more able to deal with the issues than a poor one. Research undertaken by Dr Robert […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership

Business Structure: why it Matters

June 26th, 2012 // 2:41 am @

I was taught a long time ago, the way to business success was, Strategy, Structure, and People. It has proven an invaluable lesson over many years. How you structure the business, and it’s people is critical to the effective implementation of your strategy, by focusing resources, and by helping staff work more effectively towards your […]

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Category : Blog &Key Business Success Drivers

Increasing Shareholder Value

January 18th, 2012 // 11:15 am @

Increasing shareholder value is at the very core of why a company exists; yet it is rarely even talked about in many boardrooms. And too rarely is a professional process followed to ensure that achieving an increase in value for shareholders is at the center of the business strategy. It seems to be one of […]

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Category : Blog &Business Strategy

Group Delusion

December 18th, 2011 // 10:54 am @

There are in companies as in life, relatively few truly important decisions. Understanding which decisions are the important ones and making sure they are answered correctly is critical to the success of any enterprise. Human nature however does not naturally do well with making the really big decisions, or even admitting their existence. We will […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership

Is it time to let the ladies take over?

September 29th, 2011 // 4:50 pm @

Traditional stereotypes portray women as the more emotional gender, and therefore less able to deal with business decision making under stress. Research undertaken by Dr. Coates, a Neuroscientist at Cambridge University suggests the exact opposite may be true. The doctor’s work looked at traders on various market trading floors and their reaction to success and […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership &Other Thoughts

Caring & Ethical?

September 27th, 2011 // 5:03 pm @

It has become trendy to portray your company as “caring & ethical”, and many companies are pursuing this persona. Sadly this is often pursued more through the use of public relations than actually being either caring or ethical. Companies have paid agencies to come up with trendy sounding names for this new theory of how […]

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Category : Blog &Companies

Carrot or Stick Management

September 27th, 2011 // 4:42 pm @

Recent extensive research commissioned by LRN (www.LRN.com) looked at the style of management within companies from the board room to the shop floor. They broke down management style into three categories: Command and Control – 43% of respondents viewed their organization in this way. Top down / Skilled Management – 54% thought their company had […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership

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