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The Ideal Employee and the C word

Not all Boards function efficiently, effectively and professionally; and it usually comes down to people followed closely by process. In difficult trading times the cracks of underperformance are harder to paper over, passengers easier to spot and tensions more obvious –

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Posted in Appraisals, Company Culture, Engagement, leadership, The Boardroom

Proven TIPS that release you from holiday emails

and allow you to get on with the business of enjoying your holiday! The flights had been booked for 11 months and the details had been months in the planning – after all it’s not every year I get 3

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Posted in communication, company holidays, efficiency, Time Management

It’s not always been plain sailing but

What a way to end Year 6 and start Year 7 – the JBN Congress, an IoD Mastermind, an Annual Lecture, Sales training delivery, an evening with Elton John and working my passage between Corsica and Sardinia on a 41-foot

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Posted in business advisor, Engagement, Management Consultants, Sales Training

Is there a process for assessing Company Culture?

The question was asked by an MD over dinner and discussed (at length) by the other MDs at the table – we referenced the good, the bad and the ugly experiences we’d had. It covered vision, mission, values and behaviours

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Posted in Company Culture, Engagement, leadership, Values

Strategy doesn’t have to be complicated – Lessons from a car maker

The recent May press headline of JLR (Jaguar Land Rover) British luxury car brand (potentially) being purchased by French PSA Group (Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall) just shows how quickly their respective fortunes have changed. In 2014 JLR posted profits of £2.5B, whilst

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Posted in Annual Plan, business strategy, leadership, Reviewing your Business Plan, Strategic Planning

The Male Pale Stale Board

my back of the envelope 7 question Stale Test for you to (more) objectively assess the health of your boardroom

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Posted in Company Culture, The Boardroom

Life’s more interesting when you listen

I first heard the expression “You have two ears and one mouth” from a Sales Manager and proud Yorkshire man called Ian – so I’d always assumed it was something of a Yorkshire proverb. Later I discovered the saying probably

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Posted in communication, Company Culture, Engagement, leadership, people, Skill Sets