The PERFECT Day . What does it look like ?
The perfect day …What does this look like for you. Can you define it? Sounds easy to do, but is it? The perfect day can mean something different to everyone. Is it on the weekend, or on holiday or is it during the week? There are many things to consider which can impact what this […]Continue reading
What does FREEDOM mean for you?
Freedom! What does freedom mean ? What does this mean for you? For many, freedom is linked to financial aspects of their life. They believe they can achieve freedom by working their way up the salary ladder and therefore have the ability to buy what ever they want when they want. Great in principle, but […]Continue reading
The challenge of stepping out from the corporate world.
Working in industry was great and this is where I learned a lot and was given some fortunate opportunities to develop and grow as a professional, as a leader, as a mentor and as a person. Stepping out from the corporate world and starting a business to work for myself came with a number of challenges...However, […]Continue reading
PROJECTS – Is this why your projects never hit their targets?
Project: An individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim. (Ref: www.oxforddictionaries.com ) Projects are part of every day life in a business and are not only limited to large discrete initiatives. What I mean by this is that many associate projects with what a company produces. For […]Continue reading
LEAN: It is important but it won’t grow your business.
I see a lot of emphasis these days on LEAN and productivity activities pitched as what is needed for business and industry to grow their markets and opportunities. LEAN and the associated activities are important and relevant methodologies which almost every business can benefit from and can be applied in every part of a business. […]Continue reading
Why do organisations strive for Mediocrity instead of Excellence?
Mediocrity: derived from Mediocre, meaning “of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate” (Ref:Dictionary.com) Excellence: derived from Excel, meaning “to surpass others or be superior in some respect or area; do extremely well” (Ref: Dictionary.com) Based on definition alone, it is inconceivable why any business leader would settle for mediocrity over […]Continue reading
It’s not the X-Factor, it’s the Success Factor.
Success is defined as "the accomplishment of an aim or purpose" (oxforddictionaries.com) but how can this be achieved buy an individual, a team or a company. What are the typical challenges that will be faced in order to taste success? I believe the following four factors are key (but not limited to) to achieving success […]Continue reading
The Strategic Plan: Part 1 – A Holistic View
(2) There is information everywhere about the importance of developing a business strategy, whether it be in books or in online articles. It goes without saying, the strategy or plan gives direction and purpose within the business. While strategy is crucial for a business, is not the be all and end all of what the […]Continue reading
Micromanagement: the legacy it leaves behind
I have been fortunate during my career not to have worked for a micromanager (aka control freak), but I have seen the effects of what micromanagement does to individuals, teams and the wider business, and it is not positive. I have seen the aftermath (in terms of the damage within the business) of micromanagement and will […]Continue reading
Micromanagement: What is the underlying message?
The topic of micromanagement is a common talking point. It seems that we have all come across someone with this type of style. Aside from the literal meaning which is to “control every part, however small, of an enterprise or activity” (www.oxforddictionaries.com), what does this behaviour tell us about their style, the […]Continue reading