Category Archives: Business

Business Planning

To be proactive, managers must plan. A good business plan provides an effective framework for managers to analyse the key issues and form plans that can be communicated with the necessary people. Overview A well-structured business plan is invaluable as a communication tool, upwards and downwards. It aids discussion and ownership. It allows the manager/team… Read More »

Is Your Organisation Fit Or Sexy?

It can be neither but it can’t be both! Fit Organisations These are operationally effective.  They have a very definable, explainable business model that is scaleable and sustainable.  They obsess about optimising their model, looking for greater efficiencies and ways in using it to exploit further opportunities. Fit organisations stay very focused.  They have ‘traded… Read More »

Starting Your Own Business?  A Way Back To Employment Or To Escape A Job You Don’t Like

After dreaming about winning the lottery the next most popular lifestyle dream is working for yourself.  Just last week the Government minister, David Willets, suggested graduates should think about starting up their own business last week as an alternative to struggling in the current job market. Often our work involves working for clients who started their… Read More »

High Performance Organisational Development

Great solutions are based around our High Performance Organisational Development™(HPOD™) Framework. HPOD brings together the key organisational components that help create and sustain competitive advantage, which is the route to becoming a world class organisation: Purpose – how to create meaning Change – how to lead Shape – how to organise your business Engagement – how to create emotional stakeholders… Read More »

What About Starting Your Own Business? A Way Back To Employment Or To Escape A Job You Don’t Like

After dreaming about winning the lottery the next most popular lifestyle dream is working for yourself. Just last week the Government minister, David Willets, suggested graduates should think about starting up their own business last week as an alternative to struggling in the current job market. Often our work involves working for clients who started… Read More »

What Does Success Look Like?

We’re frequently asked if there are any recurring characteristics that act as a ‘lightning conductor’ to revealing a company’s likely success. Well, we’ve thought about it and come up with the following list. Note they apply to companies that have been successful over the long not short term, and are in no particular order: An… Read More »

The Compelling Business Case

With selling very much on the agenda , customers are increasingly looking to buy great value. When you’re up against stiff competition, making sure you’ve got a compelling business case for your offer can make the difference between making the sale and missing out. We’ve developed this in-house course to help your salespeople make the… Read More »

What We’re Reading – The Goal

Title: The GoalAuthor: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff CoxPublisher: Gower Publishing Ltd; 3Rev Ed edition (17 Nov 2004)ISBN: 0566086654Price: £16.95Reviewer: Claudine McClean The Goal is a classic management text book, although it doesn’t really read that way. Written instead as a novel, almost a detective story, it takes you through management problems from the perspective of… Read More »

7 Technology Related Trends That Are Coming To A Place Near You!

The mobile phone looks like being the first truly successful convergence device since the Teasmade. The killer application combination will be location tracking (through GPS or similar), high bandwidth and new services. Don’t underestimate customers inventing uses either, like using Bluetooth to see who is up for flirting on the bus, in the train carriage,… Read More »