Strategy: The Known Unknowns You Really Need to Know

Download pdf version Overview: The world is changing rapidly, but many of the assumptions that we use to think about the future have not. In reality we are now confronted with a range of ‘unknowns’ that could fundamentally confront and over-turn these common and widely-held assumptions. This briefing suggests that […]


How to Avoid a Premature Corporate Death

  In a recent LinkedIn Pulse article I answered the question ‘Can my organization live forever?’  It’s a relevant question as the life expectancy of many organisations is limited – only around 0.1% – yes – 0.1% – of businesses live beyond the age of 40! Avoiding a premature corporate death […]

Thinking About Strategy? Don’t make this mistake!

It’s the vacation time of year. That means that either you’re on vacation or you’re holding the fort at work. In either case, strategy and business planning will be somewhere in your mind. That’s because the post-vacation period heralds the start of the annual business planning and budgeting exercises which […]



Innovation – is fear your biggest enemy?

Your biggest enemy? Fear is the enemy of innovation – that is the very big message from the latest research[1]. If you want to develop an innovative, far-sighted business, then you have to be aware of the two types of fear that could destroy your vision, your organisation’s innovation efforts […]

Success in a world without growth

Growth: The importance of a word Growth is probably the most powerful word in the business vocabulary. Overtly, or subliminally, it drives everything we do as business leaders. ‘Growth’ is the primary measure of success and is a word that acts as a call to action for strategy, change and innovation […]


Innovation: time to think about the anti trends

Time for a new innovation mind-set?

Innovation is key to success. That would my central message to any reader. And the message applies especially during times of uncertainty when the key to winning is to have an innovation-driving mind-set that is broader than the competition. But, as I argue in my latest LinkedIn Pulse article 2016: Time for […]

Strategy: Why don’t things get done?

It’s a great strategy, but why isn’t anything getting done? OK, so you’ve crafted a great strategy, one that you’re proud of and that you’re sure will win.  You’ve been working hard on it and you’ve communicated the strategy and its critical actions out through the organisation’s usual channels. Problems […]

Strategy: Why don't things get done


Looking at the Future: the critical mistakes to avoid

This paper and the associated scenarios were originally presented at The Emerging Markets HR Summit 12th November 2015 London, organised by BOC Global Events and Training Group You can download a pdf version here   Organizations and foresight It is a sad fact that many organizations might not be very […]

Innovation: 10 mistakes you don’t want to make

So here’s the next in the ’10 Mistakes you don’t want to make’ series. The subject of this briefing is something that we should all be doing – no matter what size our business is – and that’s innovating. The main message here is that innovation doesn’t have to be […]



Strategy: 10 mistakes you don’t want to make

So it’s that time of year again. The summer holidays are now a distant memory. The annual business planning and budgeting cycle has kicked off and looks certain to dominate your agenda until Christmas Eve. Yes, crafting strategy is a critical task, but with crammed schedules it’s all too easy to make […]