Executive Briefings


Executive briefings

Here you’ll find a range of executive briefings that provide essential thought in the areas of strategy, change, innovation, leadership and foresight.

 

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Why you need a personal vision statement. Organisations have vision statements and we do too. But there’s a lot more to a personal vision statement than a plan for promotion. Read more …

The most difficult decision you may ever have to make. And the obvious answer might endanger the future of your organisation. Read more …

Strategy, Disruption, Innovation and Resilience. Here are five key questions you must answer understand why disruption is key to survival in a low growth world. Read more …

How to build a high reliability organization. In a world that seems to be impossible to predict and full of shocks, here are key pointers to start building a high reliability organization. Read more …

10 reasons why you must think about recession. Sometimes it’s necessary to accentuate the negative to build a resilient business. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider a prolonged economic downturn. Read more …

Strategy: The Unknowns you really need to Know.  The world is full of more uncertainties than certainties – here are critical unknowns you really need to explore. Read more here …

Innovation: is fear your biggest enemy? The latest research tells us that leaders need to be beware two types of ‘compounding fears’ that can dangerously restrict the organisation’s capabilities. Read more here …

Success in a world without growth  One of the big challenges facing any strategist is the prospect of a zero growth world. If we look at current debates in economists’ circles, we may well have entered a period of prolonged low or even zero growth. The challenge for the strategist is how to succeed in such a world …. Read more here

Time for a new innovation mind-set  The popular assumptions that many use to drive strategy and innovation work don’t tie in with a world that is rapidly developing right in front of us. In this briefing I argue that we need to broaden our mind-set. Read more here …

Strategy – Why don’t things get done?  You might have a great strategy – but people don’t seem to implementing it. This is a really common problem and here are potential issues to look out for. Read more here …

Looking at the Future: the critical mistakes to avoid This briefing uncovers the common mistakes organisations make when thinking about the future. Four scenarios are included to help your organisation to think about the future from different perspectives. Tips on building resilience are also included. Read more here …

Innovation: 10 mistakes you don’t want to make  A quick read that summaries the common mistakes that are made when organisations try to innovate – it’s really a lot simpler than we may think! Read more here …

Strategy: 10 mistakes you don’t want to make Another quick read that focuses upon the potentially fatal mistakes that are made when organisations craft their strategies. Read more here …

Groupthink: the enemy of resilience Groupthink is resilience’s hidden enemy. Here are tips to route it out. Read more here …

Resilience – A New Mantra For Business Have you noticed that messages and thoughts about the future are confused? We are entering a new phase of global development that we know possibly little or zero about. ‘Growth’ has been the traditional mantra for business. Now that word sounds hollow, empty. We need need a new mantra – resilience . Read more here

Globalisation – Understanding the Weak Signals Research tells us that one of the secrets to building a resilient organisation is to understand and interpret weak signals better than the competition. Weak signals can help us prepare for future shocks. If we look at recent developments, particularly in the Ukraine and the Middle East, there are enough ‘weak signals’ that indicate the next step in the globalisation process might just be regionalisation. This briefing presents a framework that helps you to explore what a regionalised world might look like and what the implications could be for your organisation.  Read more

Get Ready For Creative Destruction As 2013 closes, the world seems to be a contradictory place. On the one hand, we have had good news from the WTO talks in Bali, but in other parts of the world, divisions seem to be appearing. What is going on? This is all part of the process of creative destruction as the world tries to find its way towards a new multipolar order. To understand this process and what the end result could be, this briefing introduces the six key questions that business leaders need to debate with their teams to start to explore a very new and different world. Download 072013-Get Ready For Creative Destruction (opens as pdf) …

Understanding Mission, Vision and Values Frequently we become so busy, so absorbed by our day to day work, that we forget to ensure that our organisation has a clear and well communicated purpose. Yet research tells us that a clear and widely understood ‘purpose’ is the hallmark of a successful organisation just as confusion over direction and purpose is a hallmark of a failing organisation. So before you start getting into the detail of your organisation’s strategy, stop to think about its real purpose. Read more

Success: A Poisoned Chalice? The news that the once ubiquitous Blackberry – the makers of the ‘phone that everyone just had to have – has put itself up for sale, is another stark reminder that success can bring its very real and unwelcome problems. Blackberry is the latest in a line up of once successful brands that have fallen from dizzy heights. If we bear in mind that during the period 1955 to 2006, 86% of US Fortune 100 organisations suffered a crisis (and around half of those did not fully recover), then the perils of success might be a critical issue to explore. Read more

What Is Strategy and how do you know If you’ve got one? This is a re-write of one of my first executive briefings now updated to reflect an increasingly uncertain world. There’s a short handy test too to assess your organisation’s strategy. Read more

Globalisation: Time for a rethink? March and April have witnessed tumultuous events from the Cyprus Crisis to threats of nuclear war in Asia. Is now the time to rethink globalisation? Take the 5-point test and decide. Read more

Creative Destruction: the innovation imperative. Many established brands are failing, unable to cope with the wave of creative destruction that follows a deep recession. Here are 10 actions that leaders need to take. Read more

Signals from a new world. This research briefing discusses signals that may tell us what the new emerging world might look like. Crucially, it also provides key ‘what would we do if’ questions to help you increase your organization’s resilience. Read more (pdf) …

Change & Innovation. We all need to be different, but how do you manage the process of delivering innovation in a staid, mature company? This article, based on my detailed research study, explains how. Read more

Strategy, Uncertainty & Scenarios. We live now in a fragile inter-connected world that produces sudden unforeseen shocks. Learn how business scenarios can help you to manage and understand uncertainty. Read more

Recession: Key questions for business survival. Five key areas for business leaders to consider when facing an economic downturn. Read more

Recession & Creative Destruction: Guidelines for change. The silver lining to a recession is the wave of creative destruction that it brings. This wave creates many new opportunities. But it also brings threats for many businesses and demands a special type of change management. Read more

Communicating Strategy: Getting your message across. We tend to spend so much time researching, analysing and thinking during the strategy making process that we give too little attention to arguably the most important task, which is communicating the need for a new strategy and the change it will involve. This briefing provides 11 key pointers. Read more

Resistance and Change: The role of power. Understanding an individual’s sources of power is a useful tool to help predict and manage resistance to change. This briefing provides an easy to use approach. Read more

Strategy & Innovation: Lessons from the Blu-Ray & HD-DVD war. There is a lot to be learnt from how Sony and Toshiba managed this war of the DVD formats. This briefing develops seven key lessons for strategists and innovators. Read more

Success: Your biggest problem? In this update I deal with one of the most difficult tasks for a business leader – but one that has received surprisingly little publicity – managing success. If not properly managed success can lead to failure. Read more

And more from the archives:

2010 and Beyond: The real trends and issues to watch

2009:  Signposts to Where?

It’s Strategy Time …

The Future of Competitive Strategy

The Acid Test: Does your strategy deliver client value?

Strategic Reinvention:  Asking the right questions

IFF: Friend or Foe?

Motivation Revisited

Outsourcing: Hidden problems revisited

Business Process Outsourcing: Advantage or Stalemate?

Balanced Scorecard: Success without the pitfalls

Balanced Scorecard: Panacea or Poisoned Chalice?

Circles of Success