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, […]

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#INNOVATION – Is this something which everyone can do?

I am going to start with a some of questions in relation to innovation and how many perceive innovation. Q. Why does it seem that innovation is restricted mainly to the large corporates? Q. Why do many fear away from the idea of innovation? Q. How can we be innovative? It is too expensive! Q. […]

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NPD: New Product Development. THE Top 5 challenges to implement it. But WHAT is REALLY HOLDNG YOU BACK?

There are many views on the challenges associated with developing a new product, but here (in this article) I would like to explore the challenges which can be faced within an organisation when implementing a process to develop a new product. I have stated it before, that in my opinion, any business which provides a product […]

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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. […]

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INNOVATION: HOW IS IT APPROACHED AND DOES YOUR COMPANY EMBRACE IT?

  I explored innovation and what it is in my recent post “Innovation: Why is it misunderstood and feared by organisations?” and defined innovation as any “activity which adds value”.   If you missed my other post, the definition of innovation is derived from the term innovate, meaning “make change in something established, especially by […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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