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7 Transferable Deep Dive Findings

7 years ago this June I registered the company name The Value Innovator, a “me-only-business” set up to support SME’s with easy access to my leading company experience and best practice expertise on strategic and leadership challenge. Never did I

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Posted in Appraisals, Company Culture, leadership, Strategic Planning, Values

Key skills required for effective communication during Covid-19

The 3 key components to good communication are the message, the method and the messenger; most organisations focus on the first two and give little thought to the third by automatically defaulting to the person at the top of the

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Performance or Market Improvement – where’s your GROWTH coming from?

The markets are under attack – “Covid-19 presents the greatest danger to the world economy since the financial crisis of 2008” (OEGD). “The FTSE 100 fell more than 8% in early trading as fears of a global recession grew, caused

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3 Gifts of Wisdom from 3 Wise Men

We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain Following yonder star And continuing the seasonal theme… I bring you three gifts from three wise men that will help you, and perhaps

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Advice & Attitude – a STERLING case for Business Managers & Employees

In July 2015 Raheem Sterling was signed by Manchester City for £49 million. In June 2019 he was valued by the CIES Football Observatory at £185million. If you invested a significant sum in your people, product or process you’d expect

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WeWork but not as we used too!

The world of work has changed, and it hasn’t all been good – or is it just another generational thing. I can remember my Father bemoaning the end of national service and today I often hear the gripe about millennials

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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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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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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

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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