The 8 most important things a BOD must do.

Ive sat on Boards of Directors (BOD) for the last couple of decades and all to often I’ve seen battles between board members who really would prefer to run the company.

Running the company is the role for Operational Executive staff, not for the Board. So if running the company isn’t was a BOD should do, what is?

Whether you’re a BOD member of a new start up, or a SME, of a multinational, knowing exactly what you are really responsible for is critical to ensuring a successful business.  … Read more

What’s the celery test?

It’s called the celery test, and it was described (memorably, if poorly) by Simon Sinek.

The analogy is this ;  you go to a dinner party and someone says to you, “You know what you need in your business? Oreo cookies. If you’re not implementing Oreo cookies in your business, I’m telling you, you’re leaving money on the table.  The next person you meet tells you: “Rice milk.… Read more

How to start your strategy with “WHY”

Today is my session at SMUs Future Ready Forum where I talk about how to integrated the new digital environment into your strategy. I set out the case last week.

for the last three years, I’ve been helping companies think through and communicate strategy and it still amazes me that many companies have no clear idea  WHY they should succeed.  They have strategies, sure, and capabilities, and know where they are competing, but have no heart to their businesses, no reason WHY.Read more

Do 70% of change projects really fail?

There is a much repeated statement in business at the moment that 70% of change management projects fail.

70% fail to change*

Wow!

If after all this time and focus on managing change projects as still 70% failure, what’s going on?

I teach a session for various corporate clients on implementing change, and I’ve seen this statistic quite a bit, and I’m revising an upcoming session and looking for a motivator to get people to pay attention to the session.Read more

Why good people resign; the 6 key reasons.

Losing a great employee is a terrible thing.

Form a Bosses perspective there’s the time and expense of finding, engaging, and training the replacement. There’s the uncertainty of how the new employee will work out. There’s the hardship on yourself and the rest of your team until the position can be filled. There’s the teams uncertainty if the new hire will succeed and work within the team.… Read more