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Better Conversations about Financial Value

In most organisations there is a desire to know the value of work in terms of the “bottom line” and people talk about increasing revenue or reducing costs. However, there are four categories of financial value and, without understanding all of them, it’s easy to make costly mistakes and undervalue important work. Four Categories of […]

Sustaining excellence – always more to be done

Even when you think you’ve made it – there’s always more to be done The New Zealand rugby team (the All Blacks) finished the 2013 season of internationals unbeaten (Played 14; Won 14). That’s unprecedented in modern international rugby – and yet, when they conducted their post-season review of the year, the NZRU did not […]

Rigour or Rigor Mortis?

Too drastic a headline for you? What is the significance of rigor mortis in business? Interesting question. What if a lack of rigour in your internal alignment creates rigor mortis in your productivity? Don’t buy it? Fair enough, who says you have to? It all depends on what you are interested in and aiming for. […]

Why change – if it’s not broken, what’s to fix?

It’s a popular perspective in business – to “leave well alone”. However, in a competitive environment, to be successful you know you cannot standstill. So, what to do? You know that you must remain open to ideas for change and improvement, but does that mean also being deliberately disruptive to your business? Well, frankly, sometimes […]

Ever thought you might have lost the plot?

I know, how could you, the leader of a fine enterprise, ever be accused of having lost the plot! After all you are the chief visionary, motivator and decision maker in the business. In my experience, however, it happens to most if not all of us at some stage. We have the senior leadership position […]

Vision and passion plus hard work are not enough

Business people often talk about their admiration for successful businesses in terms of the vision and passion of the founder. How that entrepreneur had the insight to spot a market opportunity. How they committed all their resources – time, money and energy – to “make it work”. And I’m sure all those things are true […]