How to Build a High Reliability Organization

What is a ‘High Reliability Organization’? In my last briefing, 10 Reasons Why You Should Think About Recession, I introduced the term ‘High Reliability Organization’. This of course raises a question ‘Just what exactly is a high reliability organization?’  That’s the question that I would like to quickly address here […]



10 Reasons Why You Must Think About Recession

Accentuate the Negative We’re often told to ‘accentuate the positive’, great advice, but there might be some downsides, especially in the uncertain and volatile world that we live in today. One very real downside is that just looking at the positive can stop us from seeing the totality of the real […]

2011 AND BEYOND: Future of globalization

This briefing is based on a presentation to the Alumni of the University of Westminster on November 9, 2010.  You can view this presentation online here. OVERVIEW: SEEING THE REAL PICTURE If we look back over the last 24 tumultuous months, a period that threatened the end of the business […]



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 really 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 […]


Thinking About Strategy? Don’t make this mistake!

Strategy should always be on our minds, but with a busy agenda and an email inbox that’s bursting to overflowing it’s very easy to jump into the business planning process without too much thought – using the same tools and techniques as you did last year. But that could let […]

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 […]

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 […]

Innovation: time to think about the anti trends

Strategy: Why don't things get done

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 […]