business planning

Stop annoying your custoemers

16.05.19

Stop annoying your customers!

Don't shout at them Don't ever let the computer speak to them (computer can’t...

What can small businesses do in an uncertain 2019?

19.12.18

What can small businesses do in an uncertain 2019?

As we leave 2018, it seems that uncertainty rules, and not just in this country...

Avoid The Chasm

29.10.18

Save Your New Business – Avoid The Chasm

There is an issue with any new product launch. It’s commonly described in...

Rise of the Enabler

31.08.18

The Death of the Manager: The Rise of the Enabler

Management is about controlling, administering, and planning. It is a centuries...

Want to scale? Don’t copy the big companies

10.07.18

Want to scale? Don’t copy the big companies

Why does it seem that the big corporations always get away with it? How do they...

Business books cost you money

28.06.18

Business books cost you money

The business books genre was inadvertently invented by Tom Peters (in Search of...

OODA

27.05.18

OODA for Competitive Advantage

Small business owners have to make quick decisions every day. So do fighter...

Taking some angst out of decisions

04.05.18

Be fast and prepare for breakages: Taking some angst out of decisions

We all worry that we are doing the right thing. What are the implications? Are...

Secret of Perfect Timing

01.03.18

The Secret of Perfect Timing

Knowing how you function is a big help in making better decisions. We talked...

Walk this way

02.01.18

Walk this way!

Happy New Year! How can your resolutions last? On a recent holiday we walked...

Tombs of failed plans

31.10.17

Thinking outside the coffin. A Halloween story

The ghosts of failed plans swirl about your head; the groans of past failures...

words bring business success..or failure

18.07.17

Words bring business success…or failure

It is a problem when we are not understood by others. Our vocabulary is unique...

Tax planning

04.05.17

Tax planning won’t cut it any longer

“Tax doesn’t need to be so taxing” or so HMRC’s advertisements claim. But the...

Judgement worker

05.12.16

The Rise of the Judgement Worker

“May you live in interesting times” – the Chinese certainly know how to create...

14.11.16

The moral high ground

How did Donald Trump get to be president? How did Brexit happen? Why is culture...

Focus or hocus pocus?

02.09.16

Focus! Or Hocus-pocus?

You need to focus on your business to be successful, correct? Of course you do...

High Growth Potential

12.07.16

High Growth Potential - Having It All

In an earlier blog, I set out the four main types of business person and...

Lifestylers

06.07.16

Lifestyle – Your Route to a Work-life Balance That Suits You

In an earlier blog, I set out the four main types of business person and...

Low Growth

24.06.16

Low Growth - Your Route To Do More Than Just Survive

In an earlier blog, I set out the four main types of business person and...

Tunnel

02.05.16

How Can You Ever keep Up?

Once upon a time you had some clue what your business environment was. Most of...

money

11.04.16

Mind the Wealth Gap

As business people, we focus on what our business is doing – daily. We look at...

binary graph

09.04.16

Accountants Need To Look At The Future

The past has passed. You look at it only to learn how to do better next time....

sculpture

07.03.16

The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma – Overtrading

Overtrading occurs in a period of very rapid growth. That’s very common in the...

steam train

05.02.16

Full STEAM ahead

We’ve heard of STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths, and how...

Conker Spirit

02.02.16

Working for a living... to living your work

We often talk about getting your personal and business objectives aligned, as...

planes

13.01.16

What Superpower Should An Entrepreneur Have?

It’s easy enough to make a list of what qualities an entrepreneur should have....

coast

09.11.15

What Shareholder Agreements Are Really For

We’ve recently got involved in two shareholder agreements. In the first case...

digital globe

30.10.15

Summary of Drucker Blog Posts - Managing in the Digital Age

IN AN AGE OF INCREASING DIGITALISATION AND AUTOMATION WHERE DO MANAGERS FIT...

circuit board

19.10.15

Join Up The Dots

The financial crisis in 2008 wasn’t caused by greedy bankers.  It was, at...

25.09.15

If You Can't Measure It, You Can't Manage It

This was attributed to Peter Drucker and W Edwards Deming, both incorrectly....

31.08.15

Extra Energy For Your Business

Time passes, you’re busy, and things are changing.  Maybe not the things...

13.07.15

Trust, Remote Working and the Machine Environment

There has been plenty written on the change in working practices towards more...

06.07.15

More Decisions!

There’s always more decisions to take, and always the risk of making a mistake...

29.04.15

Only Two Ways to Compete

Roger Martin put it well in his Harvard Business Review blog. It translates...

11.04.15

Aligning Objectives – Why It Is Important

Everybody starts in business to fulfil their personal objectives – in fact...

01.04.15

Planning for Sex and Death

Of course we don’t plan for death – we just expect it. It’s a natural...

12.03.15

Your strategy journey – the firm of your future

We help a lot of our clients with strategy, and it’s useful to describe their...

23.02.15

Uncertainty brings Prosperity

We all strive for certainty – we look for the magic formula that will make our...

16.12.14

It’s hard to grow – here’s how part 8

Not enough admin The problem with admin is that it just costs you money. It...

12.12.14

It's hard to grow - here's how part 7

Two issues are very common to small and medium-sized businesses. Everybody...

23.11.14

Why you do it is more important than How or What

Businesses normally describe what they do. “We sell apples”.” We are...

17.11.14

It’s hard to grow – here’s how part 5

Here’s another 2 linked topics from the list: not knowing how you are doing,...

25.08.14

It’s hard to grow – here’s how part 2

Let’s look at making simple flexible plans that work very well. Why should you...

03.08.14

It’s hard to grow – here’s how part 1

Why is it so hard to grow a small business? We’ve seen plenty of small...

06.07.14

Spotting trends and the politics of change

We all complain about our political masters and how they don’t understand us....

20.03.14

In a Nutshell Social Media Guide

The purpose is to provide a simple guide for business owners on how to use...

30.01.14

The shrinking gap between big biz and small biz

The Great Divide Shall we discuss size first? Big business is, well, bigger!...

27.12.13

New Year - old you?

"There’s no time!” Well, you’ve got all there is. Yes, all of it. So if you...

15.07.13

Simple strategies for small & medium size businesses

Go to http://www.letstalkbusinessonline.com/ltb/lets-talk-business-15th-july/...

29.04.13

How to fail successfully (not catastrophically) part 2

Characteristics of failure – what is its look and feel? Failure is natural and...

26.03.13

How to fail successfully (not catastrophically) Part 1

This has developed from an initiative of the Royal Society of Arts on failure...

20.09.12

How to Innovate - the first in a series of posts discussing Innovation

Over the next three blogs we’ll be sharing thoughts and practical advice about...