What is a business model?

What is a 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.

Why trends matter for business resilience.

Why trends matter for business resilience.

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.

The silent strategy of gender bias

The silent strategy of gender bias

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.

The silent strategies that could kill your business.

The silent strategies that could kill your business.

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.

How to stay on the path to success, and what comes next?

How to stay on the path to success, and what comes next?

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?

How to create certainty in six shrewd steps.

How to create certainty in six shrewd steps.

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?

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything,
but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Hale

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Why taking a position is the wrong way to negotiate a complicated agreement

Why taking a position is the wrong way to negotiate a complicated agreement

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.

Are You Being Tested?

Are You Being Tested?

Buried in contracts, hidden in tenders, obscured by other details, tests that check your attention to detail are everywhere in business. Are you spotting the ones that matter?

Sustainable Business – A White Paper

Sustainable Business – A White Paper

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.

Far from being a productivity panacea, a collaborative culture will drive your top performers away.

Geoffrey James, Inc.com

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Many of us recognise intellectually that we need others’ knowledge to solve big problems, yet we still lack the motivation to collaborate.

Harvard Business Review

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The Journey to Collaboration

The Journey to Collaboration

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.