The Ten Blockages to Learning at Work

Over the last thirty years colleagues have been frustrated at organisations not supporting their employees in learning, managers who feel training their people is a waste of money and individuals who believe that attending training or having coaching is a waste of their time. It’s not surprising to hear that people complain about other people… Read More »

The Quick And Dirty Way To Lean

Lean as a management tool is based on a simple to say, more difficult to do set of four principles; Create nothing but value adding processes (eliminate waste) Centre design around the people who add the value Flow value creation around demand (delay resource commitment)  Optimise across organisational boundaries, structures, etc Lean is about looking… Read More »

Seven Steps To Building Peer Group Pressure

Peer Group Pressure is the glue that binds high performing team together, creating a self sustaining level achievement within a supportive framework. The Benefits Management can spend less time checking and policing, more time developing building and coaching people A greater sense of belonging is achieved, the inclusiveness informing coherent and aligned behaviours The team… Read More »

Seven Bad Sales Development Tools

There is a lot of ‘get good quick’ type sales development advice about. We thought we’d share with you 7 we have come across being peddled recently. Understand The Secrets Of Effective Time Management. There are no secrets, simply work out what really matters to you and prioritise accordingly. It’s like effective weight loss; eat… Read More »

Six Signs of Real Solution Selling

The  concept of solution selling has become devalued to the point where everybody is ‘selling solutions’. See Private Eye (www.private-eye.co.uk)  for some of the most extreme and ridiculous examples. In our work we have found bringing clarity to clients’ value propositions in relation to how they view solutions is hugely beneficial in making their sales… Read More »

When Business Slows Down – The Ten Fundamentals

When business slows down remember these ten timeless fundamentals: Cash is king, not profit. Obsess about tracking the amount of available cash. Chase debtors, invoice correctly. Pay your own bills on time, not early. If possible sell underperforming assets, write off old stock, turn it into cash. Losing customers is a disaster. Develop customer retention… Read More »

New Job Reading List

We’re often asked by people heading into a new management job what they should do to prepare.  We have a handy first 100 days article which will give you some ideas if you’re moving into a senior role, but if you’re heading into your first executive or graduate role it’s hard to know where to… Read More »

A Look Into The Current Workplace – Why Some Young People Still Don’t Get How To Increase/Reduce Their Credibility Through Appearance And Speech

Clothing and appearance choices have always been a contentious point between generations, here, a CEO who wishes to remain anonymous, but who was sporting a short back and sides, a smooth chin and a lounge suit explains: Dress The younger you are the more appearance will contribute to your credibility (or not). The older you… Read More »