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In business we often ask questions to help guide our strategy and in particular the implementation of it. Great businesses ask many questions and they take time to consider contexts
Is generosity always about reciprocity? I don’t think so, not even when the context is commercial. This blog explores giving, conditionally or unconditionally, for business.
GDPR brings in requirements to inform our contacts about what we do with data, it’s also an opportunity to review if what you are doing today is even necessary!
In the work that I do, mentoring owner-led businesses, I regularly see significant pinch points. Is the business ‘wrongsized’ for its business model?
Do you remember when you started your business? In that moment there is often real clarity about why. Yet in time, customers ask for things that the business can do, but are not aligned with the business purpose. Eventually, it gets confused, opaque, and much less fun.
There is something about catchphrases, especially present in 2017. This blog explores the lessons for business from one aspect of the political landscape in 2017.
Transformation can be so large and the prize for success so big that it can be hard for anyone to visualise the whole process. Some fear it is happening too fast, others too slow. Some are advocates seeing the opportunity, others resist seeing only the risks.
Business Risk is something that I define as “events that might happen, however unlikely, that impacts your ability to do business well.” As humans we aren’t designed to evaluate uncertainty, we tend to get both probabilities and impacts wildly wrong. Risk management needs a structured approach.
I’ve created a workshop to take the first step to being back in control. Having the time you need, so that you are working with clients whom you know are perfect
Business leaders know that gender diversity is good for their businesses, nad yet it still is not happening. When I look back over the 133 years since my Grandmother was born I know that we have come a long way, and have a long way to go. The blog looks at the evidence, the symptoms of hidden strategies, and the actions we should be taking now.
Over the next few weeks, I am going to be looking at why strategy is especially important in owner-led businesses. I’ll touch on some unconscious strategies that I see holding businesses back from optimal performance and their typical symptoms, as well as how to make sure your business is immune.
Every business knows what it needs to do next, but may not yet know in detail what to do after that. Longer term planning isn’t easy; with the uncertainties of the business environment; the actions of competitors & regulators; and economic and political shifts. How then can you move forward with certainty?
Uncertainty about what is coming is greater than ever; planning is difficult and the risks of undertaking projects to be ready, for example, for leaving the single market, is that the end result may still be very different from the current sense of direction. What are the six steps to protecting your business from these rapidly changing uncertainties?
Walking shoulder to shoulder means that you have almost the same view as others. Cooperation, a frequent consequence of walking together, becomes harder when you are face to face, confronting each other.
Join William Buist on the xTEN Club Netwalk on 23rd June starting in Cricklade.
Elections always lead us to speculate about the future, to see many demons in the darkness, but what should businesses do?
We often take negotiating positions because they are easier, both to define and to understand, than the principles that underlie them. It’s often not even be the best position, just the one that we have chosen that will do well enough for now. Principled negotiations allow you to find the unexpected, better option, that nobody had even considered when the negotiations began.
It’s useful for any business to model not just how they work, but also to map out how others in your market approach what you do. Not to copy, nor to denigrate, but to understand how you differ and why.
Using examples of the seven essentials to sustainable success from the worlds of medicine, Formula 1 and aviation this white paper will highlight how small (strategic) changes in your own business can have a profound impact on how well it performs. Download it today.
Collaboration needs leadership, and it’s not just about the environment in which it takes place. Indeed, because people move at different speeds the ablest may feel they are picking up an unfair share of the workload. William Buist discusses Geoffrey James article in Inc.com.
There’s a lot of confusion about collaboration and a sense, for some, that it can be a panacea for all team issues (and many wider ones). Of course, it can feel like hard work, but I think it’s worth persevering, as long as the journey you are on is the right one. This discusses how you determine if that is the case.
Going it alone can’t be the most efficient way to get everything done, and in the long run, it isn’t even the most satisfying. Business collaboration takes time, and effort and energy to make it possible for the essential trust and understanding to develop, but when it’s in place, you do more, in a more aligned way, more sustainably.