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2011, 2018

What does good look like?

November 20th, 2018|0 Comments

https://vimeo.com/296391095 What does good look like? ... is a question that we all have our own unique answer to? For Carrie and her team, the outcome from [...]

1911, 2018

How can successful CEOs be weak leaders?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

https://vimeo.com/288171442 and...... how is it possible great leaders find it so difficult to record video content ūüôā Some observations from August winningthinking.uk is the tool to [...]

1911, 2018

Generalisations and flawed thinking

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Abit of practical psychology for you and what winningthinking to do... Fabricating the "'ism"related story to the "whiter than white" comment reflects the politically correct mental illness [...]

1911, 2018

why is male suicide is on the rise?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Whats your view of why male suicide is on the rise? Analysis suggests it seems to be down to dehumanisation: the desexualisation of society; me too type [...]

1911, 2018

Whilst Wonga broke some rules

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Whilst Wonga broke some rules, and their business model was flawed this proposal from the church of England is utterly insane. When i ran a microfinance business [...]

1911, 2018

the reality and nature of SOCIAL MEDIA

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

To realise an upside its important to face and manage the downside of technology... for example this is what research shows is the reality and nature of [...]

1911, 2018

The root of the tragedy in the NHS

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The root of the tragedy in the NHS (in my view) is certainly weak recruitment why?... because the selection process panders to the industry politically correct norms. [...]

1911, 2018

Do you feel free to speak?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Do you feel free to speak? The OIC seem to be playing a significant role in preventing free speech. This is very serious because society, businesses, teams [...]

1911, 2018

Normal people?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Whilst we have much to learn and improve on the www.winningthinking.uk process develops relationships by enabling the team to have a different discussion so that they get [...]

1911, 2018

Free Speech? – Cern

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

This political correctness is irrational and deeply damaging.... freedom to speak is what keeps society healthy... this is the cost of speaking up or having a view [...]

1911, 2018

You have infinite ability

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

You have infinite ability: Join us on the the journey from Ordinarythinking to Winningthinking¬ģ Winning Thinking breaks through barriers to enhance cognitive strategy to accelerate the process [...]

1911, 2018

Free speech? A cause for con-Cern…?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Yesterday someone was fired for sharing their views at a Cern academic conference... today we learn Marie Le Pen being accused of being insane for challenging terrorism. [...]

1911, 2018

Free speech is central to human well being

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C5605AQFjCtQ9jHEn0g/858afb44111741bfa8fcce00cd6da87b/feedshare-mp4_3300/1488578169071-zmy00q?e=1542733200&v=beta&t=Qk2wtlPijOR_VcI352sVQEyJgrEZ9j0e0rzyyxGnPM4, Free speech is central to human well being, healthy society and holding entities to account. Threats are polarisation of wealth and corruption. A reluctance to be [...]

1911, 2018

Freedom of Speech and Mental Health

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

For society's health and to preserve our mental health we must preserve freedom of speech particularly if the subject matter is difficult. Let's preserve the right to [...]

1911, 2018

Mental Health day

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

www.winningthinking.uk is our sincere contribution to mental health day. It reduces unproductive stress by creating an environment that aligns our actions with our beliefs providing for a [...]

1911, 2018

Liberalism and integrity?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Liberalism creates a tyranny of tolerance; exactly the opposite of the intention. Free speech keeps society healthy even if it causes discomfort. Whilst i dont advocate swearing [...]

1911, 2018

Social media – wastes time

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Its the manipulation, positive or negative reinforcement, reward and punishment that the social media companies have systemically designed their platforms to keep us hooked, or cause us [...]

1911, 2018

you can’t beat: INVESTING IN YOURSELF

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Warren Buffett's advice "one investment you can't beat: INVEST IN YOURSELF." I am pleased to say we are now running winningthinking.uk sessions on a weekly basis. This [...]

1911, 2018

The risks of regulating #artificialintelligence

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

https://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/The-risks-of-regulating-artificial-intelligence-algorithms The risks of regulating hashtag#artificialintelligence is that it is not feasible so we can't: bizarre logic, another attempt to justify carrying on with activity that has [...]

1911, 2018

Winningthinking.uk book launch

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

I am not sure if its a good thing or a bad thing if you can summarise your life's learning into 35 minutes of video content or [...]

1911, 2018

Retail the real impact of phase 1 digital

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/debenhams-store-closures-high-street-giant-will-close-up-to-50-shops-putting-4000-jobs-at-risk-after-a3971061.html%3famp.   This is the real impact of phase 1 digital, reducing pricing so gross margins. Rob McCargow exactly how do you see these store level jobs [...]

1911, 2018

Our “bias” is what makes us human

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyanJ2h-9-g Our "bias" is what makes us human, and is not necessarily a bad thing. Its the source of our diversity. These different perspectives are what [...]

1911, 2018

Corrupt auditing

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

What is the answer to the big4's corrupt auditing? Create an environment at all levels where people feel free to speak up. People have a very good [...]

1911, 2018

are Millennials coping?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The paradox here is that the millennial's are those who are least coping with this change and mess we have created for them?https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C5605AQFEuU6BSHtu4A/c2ed36459237478da4fdb211e9e1590d/feedshare-mp4_3300-captions-thumbnails/1507940147251-drlcss?e=1542729600&v=beta&t=Qnewo1oGIzMnQWSbkj659QwmvTAALSbEFDavyRcnJi8

1911, 2018

China’s innovation

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Super Smart and whilst Rome burns what are we doing in the UK, becoming overwhelmed with politically correct flawed responses to the challenges we face. The Chinese [...]

1911, 2018

AI fear driven by Microsoft

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

This is a great fear fuelled call to action. Regardless whether you act most still won't have a business or job by 2030. There is a strong [...]

1911, 2018

the ultimate irony

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

In the ultimate irony, just a few days ago, the so-called European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld this same blasphemy law. The ECHR ruling is unspeakable. [...]

1911, 2018

Waitrose Firing

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Freedom of speech? No grace? hashtag#Politicalcorrectness gone bonkers? Inhuman? Not allowed to make hashtag#mistakes? Valuing hashtag#Diversity? What defines offence? Was this comment about Vegans hashtag#offensive? Creating fear [...]

1911, 2018

tried letting people be themselves?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Have you every tried letting people be themselves? Here's how we have leveraged individual diversity to consistently achieve award winning results. https://vimeo.com/298391904

1911, 2018

Retail – the underlying threat

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The underlying retail business threat - inflated property values and ongoing soft demand seems to be coming to the fore. Ian Woodley this might be the trigger [...]

1911, 2018

The big threat from China

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The big threat from China is that they see business as attack and dominate. They don't care about our rules, peoples welfare or in fact even making [...]

1911, 2018

AI governance?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

My summary of the hashtag#artificialintelligence session from the House of Lords Parliamentary group tonight... 1 no one considering the macro risks, 2 we have already lost control, [...]

1911, 2018

Professional Development Really?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

This is week 5: when I observed how much my 12 year old daughter's rowing improves week on week, it reminds how much as adults our learning [...]

1911, 2018

China and inward investment!

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

In the case of China in particular making countries including the UK open to inward investment is not always a good thing "There are growing concerns that [...]

1911, 2018

Retail CVAs

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

I attended a "retail burial club event" last night relating to the effectiveness of CVAs in retail. My summary of the retail headwinds are as follows - [...]

1911, 2018

WW1 and political correctness

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

I wonder if these guys would turn in their graves if they knew how we have submitted the UK's sovereignty to the EU's fascism, our values and [...]

1911, 2018

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

This a good example of how humans lose our ability to scrutinise the design and output from hashtag#artificialintelligence & hashtag#artificalevolution and therefore how we will lose our [...]

1911, 2018

the movement towards a transhumanist society

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Writing in Psychology Today, Dr Massimo Pigliucci, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of New York-Lehman College, believes that there is a necessary discussion society must [...]

1911, 2018

An AI caused death

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The use of hashtag#artificialintelligence here caused this patients death, another baseless tech application... yet "its inevitable?", the risk here is our stupidity to prevent us making sensible [...]

1911, 2018

Leaving a legacy

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Miller (1986) observed that people will ‚Äúpersist in an action when they perceive that they have personally chosen to do so.‚ÄĚ The www.winningthinking.uk process enables individuals in [...]

1911, 2018

the flawed mantra: “MORE”

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Global stupidity since the 70's has been characterised by the obsession with the flawed mantra: "MORE". China's debt fuelled growth is not sustainable. When this collapses this [...]

1911, 2018

The hidden costs of “MORE”

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

The hidden costs of "MORE", the sustainability impact of our excessive consumption is catching up with us. Its time to face the flawed mantra of MORE and [...]

1911, 2018

AI common themes surfacing

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

As these tools now develop, we are witnessing some common themes surfacing. Flexibility in these software functions often comes at the cost of either performance or ability [...]

1911, 2018

Corporate Unintended consequences

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

This is what we have learnt from our engagement with mega successful tech startup execs and from the best plc turnaround techniques... How can corporate's & SME's [...]

1911, 2018

Diversity and inclusion?

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Do women really want parity with us men...? Diversity & inclusion has nothing to do with our race or sex etc. Even during the most traumatic business [...]

1911, 2018

Are leaders and peers play acting

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments

How engaged or productive will any employee be if their leaders and peers are play acting? I think whether its OK to be ourselves at work is [...]

111, 2018

Invite you to attend a Special Event and learn from the UK’s leading VCs

November 1st, 2018|0 Comments

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709, 2018

Part 1: revitalising a company’s profits

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Creating an unfair advantage: Part 1: revitalising a company's profits I am delighted to say that over 30 organisations spanning banking, investment, VC , PE, industrial, professional [...]

709, 2018

winningthinking.uk –¬†Our Story

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

winningthinking.uk - Our Story - Superman vs. Harnessing the latent power of your team to drive transformation A new client asked us what the difference is between our [...]

709, 2018

why is #socialmedia complete nonsense?

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

A great illustration of why #socialmedia is complete nonsense and creates nonsensical interaction ? https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C4E05AQEE2J0gcSnUMQ/b23abc266b8d4ee381285096bc763a10/feedshare-mp4_500-captions-thumbnails/1507940118923-hysdc8?e=1536418800&v=beta&t=hgITl5w7lP-Acoz6ISQE2Y0VdBMDX9XelbjRZem2UMw

709, 2018

Do you intellectualise employee engagement? 

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

"How on earth do your employees put up with this?" Do you intellectualise employee engagement?  ...Your employees DON'T! Here is the reality of what goes on... “The main industrial project [...]

709, 2018

Our inability to “un-discover” things

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

#artificialintelligence... plays to our human vulnerabilities :   1. inability to "un-discover" things 2. inability to speak out against the raft of flawed mantras 3. fear of [...]

709, 2018

example of breakthrough business model

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

A great example of breakthrough business model - re-usable rockets, this is the logic of a sustainable company turnaround, sustainable because its difficult to replicate, so justifies [...]

709, 2018

what does good look like?

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Whilst a few are flawed, most SMEs we work with have all the product and services to become very profitable - yet why do they make so [...]

709, 2018

The power in imperfection

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

A testimony below - my daughter has inadvertently been on the winningthinking.uk program for the last 12 years ūüôā¬† ¬† Imagine if we achieved this perspective of [...]

709, 2018

AI can we moderate the mantra?

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

If we cant stop #artificialintelligence now, what chance we will have to moderate it later? The speed and uncertainty AI creates will render us unable to moderate [...]

709, 2018

How can we take our core business for granted?

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Isn't it funny how we can take our core business for granted?     Having pioneered the approach since 2006, the icebreaker executive approach to the governance, resourcing, [...]

709, 2018

What drives you…. Do you have the courage to stand apart from others?

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

What drives you....   Do you have the courage to stand apart from others? https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C5605AQGaPA0CnNZunA/08cf01d839124894b6f50518dccd94ad/feedshare-mp4_500-captions-thumbnails/1507940118923-hysdc8?e=1536418800&v=beta&t=PE8jQXRlkGIFMjchBR-kEN0unSvby0yPur_i8k7bm2E

709, 2018

Ai – systemic risks and volativity

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

The automation of high-frequency trading has already created systemic risks, as highlighted by several runaway trading events, or "flash crashes," in recent years. Andrew Lo, a professor [...]

709, 2018

What is business about?

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

What is business about? If business is about making profit and human relationships.... How can we be so stupid to pursue #digitalinnovation / #socialmedia / #artificialintelligence strategies [...]

709, 2018

Liberalism and fear

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

There are many inactive good people filled full of fear.? Along with recognising the link between liberalism and fascism... Ronald Reagan was a smart deep thinker? Do [...]

709, 2018

GRIT is a stronger indicator of success than IQ

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C4D05AQEZRaeyEtE8PA/56f69b96ffd841daa5be441ccb97b5dd/feedshare-mp4_500-captions-thumbnails/1507940118923-hysdc8?e=1536415200&v=beta&t=pcL6v3RsoDabSdQ-C72EYgkhLV16mDXYB-dOnacv124 GRIT is a stronger indicator of success than IQ. www.winningthinking.uk creates grit: by removing the fear of: taking action; failure as well creating an immediate shortcut [...]

709, 2018

How can successful #CEOs become weak leaders

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

https://vimeo.com/288171442 and...... how is it possible great leaders find it so difficult to record video content ūüôā Some observations from August winningthinking.uk is the tool to [...]

709, 2018

CEO of the Year 2018

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Oh No I have won another #award. "CEO of the Year 2018" for my hard work and dedication to Icebreaker Executive Management. "Our 2018-year recipients have been [...]

709, 2018

AI and society

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Just had a thought: as to why we might be letting #artificialintelligence destroy the fabric of society? Maybe the techies have never experienced worklessness and its disastrous [...]

608, 2018

Political Correctness and the flawed ‘isms

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Wake up #politicalcorrectness? we are creating a numpty land? Whilst I certainty DON'T condone swearing the underlying madness is well communicated. The political correct isms whilst they [...]

608, 2018

The AI mantras

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Its not a time to sit on the fence. I'd encourage the 37% of people that didn't know to consider the implications of AI on society? If [...]

608, 2018

Profitless Growth in China Zaopin

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Evan Guo's -     justification for internet companies NOT making money -      "its a distraction and constrains infrastructure investment"      ??https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C5105AQFfdGd_o9EYBw/b14c9b74217c4c929e14c5b0615717b8/feedshare-mp4_3300-captions-thumbnails/1507940147251-drlcss?e=1533639600&v=beta&t=9Sp6vtIfsaG-V6GfhKPw_Tenqi9eQdEHSpCFI9Vtw2M

608, 2018

AI and human vulnerabilities

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

#artificialintelligence... plays to our human vulnerabilities :   1. inability to "un-discover" things 2. inability to speak out against the raft of flawed mantras 3. fear of [...]

608, 2018

What does winningthinking look like?

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

A testimony below - my daughter has inadvertently been on the winningthinking.uk program for the last 12 years ūüôā¬† ¬† Imagine if we achieved this perspective of [...]

608, 2018

AI & the existential risk

August 6th, 2018|0 Comments

If we cant stop #artificialintelligence now, what chance we will have to moderate it later? The speed and uncertainty AI creates will render us unable to moderate [...]

2606, 2018

3 new on line mega trends

June 26th, 2018|0 Comments

3 new on line mega trends from the mega platforms JD and Alibaba massive amounts of online data - new opportunities to interact unimarketing - tools to [...]

306, 2018

In a Tyranny of Tolerance who suffers?

June 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

In a public sector tyranny of tolerance the whistle blower gets arrested and the perpetrators get away with the crimes, because liberalisation normalises doing nothing or in [...]

2605, 2018

why will China dominate AI?

May 26th, 2018|0 Comments

Venture capitalists in Silicon Valley are worried China will soon overtake the U.S. in areas like artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. Chinese tech start-ups face fewer regulatory [...]

2505, 2018

Hubris in leaders

May 25th, 2018|0 Comments

David Owen, a British physician and parliamentarian, has dubbed this phenomenon hubris syndrome, which he defines as a “disorder of the possession of power, particularly power which [...]

2205, 2018

Generalisations applied to people

May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

These labels and negative generalisations applied to people are crippling the UK and are very unhealthy not to mentioning trashing these guys careers? what ever happened to [...]

1105, 2018

Is retail in crisis? or leadership mantra

May 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Digital is no panacea, the online boys ASOS etc are not getting the basics right and making no money either, trashing their https://youtu.be/IN0tRevqrKw own market pricing. [...]

1005, 2018

The rise of the learning culture

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Another great summary¬†The-Rise-of-the-Learning-Culture¬†without a fresh solution... This is how a client summarised the winningthinking.uk program enables a learning culture ... (password win)   https://vimeo.com/268788484

405, 2018

“Halos” create delusion

May 4th, 2018|0 Comments

: in 2007, Phil Rosenzweig taught us about is the "Halo Effect": this is when a company’s sales and profits are up, people often conclude that it has [...]

305, 2018

Transform yourself alongside the business

May 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

This is the first leadership report in a long time that accurately reflects the challenges CEO's face to transform themselves alongside their business and makes sense. This [...]

205, 2018

The Power of Inclusion

May 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

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3004, 2018

winningthinking.uk Update 30-4-18

April 30th, 2018|0 Comments

This is our weekly update, with input from Corporates, VC banks, a Member of the House of Lords, and a law firm. "When was the last time [...]

2704, 2018

Thinking Enables Transformation

April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

It is Winning Thinking¬ģ that enables transformation. Conversely¬†"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." - Albert Einstein [...]

2004, 2018

Are you too busy…?

April 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Are you too busy...? In this successful profitable £100m (£8M EBITA) business the team were effective for 1.7 hrs / day. To explain last week I engaged [...]

1004, 2018

The spectrum of leadership behaviour is wide!

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

The breadth of these "leadership norms" renders even the term "leadership" meaningless. A leadership disregard and lack of understanding of people seems to becoming more common and [...]

304, 2018

Create time – are you too busy?

April 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

This is easier said than done, part 10 of 12 of the www.winningthinking.uk content shows what to stop doing to free your diary and get control of [...]

2303, 2018

Facebook – why might there be a problem?

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

This is the Facebook mantra that would have steered Facebook's and partners actions to break the law: “To get people to the point where there’s more openness [...]

2303, 2018

Albert Einstein’s advice!

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

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2003, 2018

Jack Welsh great perspective on leadership

March 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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2802, 2018

Meritocracy vs Egalitarianism

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

"Is Britain a meritocracy: everyone with skill and imagination may aspire to reach the highest level?" Or after years of complacency are we drifting into mediocracy... putting [...]

2802, 2018

Machines will dominate decision making?

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

"One of the reasons automated trading strategies have risen to such prominence so quickly is that emotions are a limiting factor for humans that machines do not [...]

2802, 2018

The need for Speed…

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Here is the evidence that shows how the rate of human development has accelerated up to 2000. This drives the need for good speed - in the [...]

2802, 2018

Investing in People vs Machines

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Return on Company Value Add vs Cash Return The highest cash payback on cap-ex is typically 3 months, allowing for commissioning? That is a 4x cash ROI? [...]

2802, 2018

Global regulatory issues

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Given the EU Commission imperative to try autocratically control you can see why the EUC might wish to control and keep tabs on block chain. BUT It [...]

2802, 2018

The “Gender Pay Gap” – is a myth

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Why are you too busy? & why is it becoming increasingly prevalent? Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, points out the gender pay [...]

2802, 2018

Aspirations

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

An entrepreneurs aspiration illustrating "beyond the sky" is Elon Musk's limit. Aspiration is the only differentiation between Elon Musk & Richard Branson et al and the rest [...]

2802, 2018

Cringing and innovation…

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Why does having a "cringe moment" hold us back from innovating? "What makes us cringe is when the 'you' you think you’re presenting to the world clashes [...]

1202, 2016

Whose money is it anyway?

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Whose money is it and what does good look like? The great thing is that the even the greatest organisations spend years doing things that should take [...]

1202, 2016

Adding INCREMENTAL value

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments

In order to add INCREMENTAL value it follows you need to have a breadth of sector experience beyond that that is the norm set by that sector. [...]

2008, 2015

Endless growth and more is unrealistic

August 20th, 2015|0 Comments

UK car production falls by a quarter in July FOLLOWING its best half-year since 2008, the UK car manufacturing industry experienced a sharp dose of reality in [...]

508, 2015

Growing beyond your core business

August 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Growing beyond your core business rarely increases revenue... squandering resource & cash #leadership #business   http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/corporate_finance/growing_beyond_the_core_business  

2107, 2015

S-T-A-Y on T-O-P

July 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Over the last few weeks I've shared some of the practical techniques that immediately deliver when CEOs are faced with sleepless nights :   1).¬† From the [...]

2107, 2015

Part 7 of 8: S-T-A-Y on T-O-P

July 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Over the last few weeks I've shared some of the practical techniques that immediately deliver when CEOs are faced with sleepless nights : 1).  From the start [...]

707, 2015

Part 5 of 8: OH NO! … S-O-R-R-Y

July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

How when you create the basis of a high performing team do you deal with Your and your team's mistakes?   The only certainty in a fast [...]

3006, 2015

Part 4 of 8: I D-O-N-T KNOW BETTER

June 30th, 2015|0 Comments

The caricature of a company turnaround is often a quite bloody and brutal affair. We arrive on a scene, identify the dead weight, and chop it away [...]

2306, 2015

Part 4 of 8: R-E-S-U-L-T-S

June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

At the start of a turnaround project, one thing is for sure: you are never given extra resources to work with.  The art of the turnaround is [...]

906, 2015

Part 2 of 8: You are not alone

June 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Are you drowning in information and complexity?  Under impossible pressures to deliver?  Feel like you're in over your head?  Take a deep breath... you are not alone. [...]

106, 2015

Businesses are all about people

June 1st, 2015|0 Comments

1. "My job as a leader is to make sure that everybody in the company has great opportunities and they feel they are having meaningful impact to [...]

2705, 2015

Cranfield manufacturing conference May 2015

May 27th, 2015|0 Comments

https://youtu.be/ae_fA6GeaSc Lord Alec Broers presented the day: Bosch have the capability to design and manufacture all of their products in Germany. When design moves manufacturing often [...]

705, 2015

How to kill a good business part 1

May 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Since 2000 the explosion of human progress has literally become exponential. This is largely driven by technology. This enables established business models, processes and products to become [...]

505, 2015

Dot Com vs. Nasdaq 5000 a bubble?

May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Is the same sort of greed fueling the dotcom boom in these popular fintech type of companies? Nasdaq compsite has now surpassed the dotcom high of 2000. [...]

2804, 2015

Do You want the revolution?

April 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Steve Jobs once said ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy‚ÄĚ Until 2000 most of Human history has been relatively dull... This [...]

1812, 2014

UK Rhetoric is running thin

December 18th, 2014|0 Comments

THE latest Quarterly Economic Survey report for the Black Country paints a bleak picture of the manufacturing sector. Nevertheless more than half of manufacturing and two-thirds of [...]

1812, 2014

The TTIP is coming.. watch out

December 18th, 2014|0 Comments

THE Confederation of British Industry is throwing its weight behind the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP), the planned EU-US trade deal. TTIP is designed to remove [...]

412, 2014

Oil price impact on the economy

December 4th, 2014|0 Comments

Oil Prices   Summary: Over the past few months, the price of oil has fallen dramatically from over $110 per barrel to under $70. This has had an [...]

112, 2014

Telco business models

December 1st, 2014|0 Comments

Telco business models are very interesting: their business models are broken, clouded by the confused product offerings and supporting organisations. The big question is who will make the [...]

2111, 2014

Philips a truly great turnaround

November 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Soft stuff makes hard stuff happen: strategy - structure, remove those wedded to the past, embed new reality, courageous discussion humility   http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/from_bottom_to_top?cid=other-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1411

210, 2014

Develop people or die

October 2nd, 2014|0 Comments

www.mckinsey.com/videos/video?vid=3766096092001&plyrid=2399849255001&Height=270&Width=480        

3107, 2014

UK Recessions and Recoveries

July 31st, 2014|0 Comments

UK Recessions and Recoveries Summary: The preliminary estimate of GDP growth for the second quarter of 2014, released at the end of last week, suggested that the [...]

1803, 2014

Executing strategy – the missing corporate capability

March 18th, 2014|0 Comments

  Job Title:          Director of Change                                Department:                Group board Location:         Group and local businesses                 Reports to:              Group board The need for this role: In  2013 41% [...]

1103, 2014

Creating Engineering heros

March 11th, 2014|0 Comments

If the UK is short of engineers, my question is how do Engineering Executives lead their teams to compete globally?  Put it another way, have you ever [...]

1702, 2014

Feb 2014 – where is the silver bullet?

February 17th, 2014|0 Comments

2014 - Where is the silver bullet? Polman CEO of Unilever says, "nobody created a business for shareholders" and "we need people who are more concerned for [...]

1402, 2014

Certainty and VUCA

February 14th, 2014|0 Comments

One of our greatest flaws is our yearning for certainty.    This is because certainty even when it is a bad decision is preferable to uncertainty. Certainty for [...]

1102, 2014

Crowdfunding as a solution

February 11th, 2014|0 Comments

This is my synposis of the Background and challenges that face Crowd Funding as a solution as presented by Knowledge Peers in Feb 2014. Background Funding UK [...]

1912, 2013

Christmas 2013

December 19th, 2013|0 Comments

"She will give birth to a Son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means "God is with us." Matthew 1:23   Tom

2911, 2013

Our Business Learnings From 2013

November 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Icebreaker Executive Learning and War Stories from 2013  1.            Are You Aligned With Your Target Customers? McKinsey surveyed 90 Fortune 500 businesses.  They found that most [...]

310, 2013

The 12 challenges for the UK economy

October 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

1. The UK ONS is presenting a diluded view of the UK economy “The Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that the UK economy is on the [...]

2706, 2013

July 2013 Are You Creating a Valuable Business?

June 27th, 2013|0 Comments

 How does a business become valuable? Excellent leadership (but focussed at making themselves redundant) An effective organisation (& suits the business requirement) A motivating environment (in which [...]

2606, 2013

Uk Government spending since 1991

June 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Government spending has increased in the good times, thinking the high tax receipts to stay. But that requires a sound economy not an economy fuelled by debt? [...]

1305, 2013

The 3 business distractions of 2013

May 13th, 2013|0 Comments

The 3 business distractions of 2013   investment in growth and unstable emerging markets is in many instances¬† a lethal distraction for well rooted businesses Environmental, Social [...]

205, 2013

European Economic Sentiments from the ERC

May 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

European Economic Sentiments (source ERC)  Summary: A poll by YouGov published today suggests that the French are the most negative about their economic prospects out of the seven [...]

404, 2013

Icebreaker Incite Q1 2013

April 4th, 2013|0 Comments

To ..."to enable businesses attain their full worth"‚ĄĘ. The challenge for most businesses remains; how to create value? Some Observations: Wolseley, the American trade distributor giant, is [...]

2203, 2013

Nissan UK is the UK’s new North Sea Oil

March 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

European Car Manufacturing Almost all European car manufacturers are loss-making. Strong brands on the back of high sales to emerging markets have kept them afloat.Europe has many [...]

2112, 2012

Happy Christmas !

December 21st, 2012|0 Comments

[wpmldate format="%d/%m/%Y"]  To     Happy Christmas ! Dear , 2012 has been interesting. So we have refocused our efforts. We have learnt these 4 things in [...]

1910, 2012

Achieving successful international growth

October 19th, 2012|0 Comments

Management are often wary of setting up overseas and it requires a significant change in mindset. Tending with finite resources and a resourceful approach to play safe. [...]

1010, 2012

Icebreaker Executive Insights for UK Banks

October 10th, 2012|0 Comments

[wpmldate format="%d/%m/%Y"] Icebreaker Executive Update Icebreaker deliver results, transfer skills and leave a legacy"      Icebreaker Executive are delighted to announce our 4 supporting platforms from which [...]

1010, 2012

ERC Chart of the week

October 10th, 2012|0 Comments

CHART OF THE WEEK The Cost of Borrowing   Summary: In his speech today, Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to equate the cost of borrowing for the government [...]

3107, 2012

Praesent Et Urna Turpis

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

Quisque ligulas ipsum, euismod atras vulputate iltricies etri elit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Nulla nunc dui, tristique in [...]

3107, 2012

Donec At Mauris Enims

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

Quisque ligulas ipsum, euismod atras vulputate iltricies etri elit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Nulla nunc dui, tristique in [...]

3107, 2012

Class Aptent Taciti Soci Ad Litora

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

Quisque ligulas ipsum, euismod atras vulputate iltricies etri elit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Nulla nunc dui, tristique in [...]

3107, 2012

Nullam Vitae Nibh Un Odiosters

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

Quisque ligulas ipsum, euismod atras vulputate iltricies etri elit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Nulla nunc dui, tristique in [...]

3107, 2012

Proin Sodales Quam Nec Sollicit

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

Quisque ligula ipsum, euismod aturesit vulputate a, ultricies et elit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Nulla nunc dui, tristique [...]

3107, 2012

Nunc Tincidunt Elit Cursus

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

Quisque ligula ipsum, euismod a vulputate a, ultricies et elit. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Nulla nunc dui, tristique [...]

2902, 2012

Emotional inteligence and traditional leadership skills

February 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Goleman found that while the qualities traditionally associated with leadership‚ÄĒsuch as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision‚ÄĒare required for success, they are insufficient. Truly effective leaders are also [...]

1701, 2012

Icebreaker some of our achievements in 2011

January 17th, 2012|0 Comments

2011 This washing says it all. Whilst challenges remain, this OECD report outlines that there are no UK roadblocks to becoming global and competitive. In fact it’s [...]

1201, 2012

TMA update 11 Jan 2012 @PKF

January 12th, 2012|0 Comments

Deal flow Kelso Place did o deals in 2011 ‚Äď prices were too high. RBS did 800 restructuring deals in 2011 ‚Äď who did them? Corporate finance [...]

710, 2011

Do you have a business in 2 years?

October 7th, 2011|0 Comments

Do you have a business in 2 years? One of our recent discussions with an EMEA conglomerate president painted a worrying picture. Their ‚Äėvalue add‚Äô is down [...]

208, 2011

Why do established businesses go bust?

August 2nd, 2011|0 Comments

interesting times with the colourful backdrop of the USA and some parts of Europe going bust, it’s not surprising the banks aren’t lending? In the real world [...]

1012, 2010

December 2010 News

December 10th, 2010|0 Comments

¬†‚ÄúDelivering Results, Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies‚ÄĚ ¬†The dangers of generalisations. One of humankind's greatest characteristics is our ability to learn and recognise patterns. Our ability to [...]

1905, 2010

PE and Banking business mindset change

May 19th, 2010|0 Comments

How should private equity investors approach Plan B? ¬†Mindset Change ‚Äď Market Value Creation vs. Business Value Creation Private equity investors need to take on board ¬†a [...]

1905, 2010

PE Funds shift challenge for 2010

May 19th, 2010|0 Comments

PE funds need to shift their focus from their PLAN A: Market-Led Value Creation i.e. realising financial value through financial engineering or divestment to PLAN B: Business-Led [...]

2804, 2010

Why is exec coaching important to interim managers?

April 28th, 2010|0 Comments

Icebreaker change management CPD (is not really fluffy) ...Some executive coaching tools are very effective and bring the icebreaker team 3 differentiating strengths: Make organisations better places to work (some of our [...]

3003, 2010

Monolithic Corporates Squandering value

March 30th, 2010|0 Comments

The challenges of globalisation All advantage is temporary. The ultimate advantage is achieved by choosing high value competencies well and establishing how long to invest in them, [...]

2402, 2010

“Have you got the courage to act?”

February 24th, 2010|0 Comments

  We constantly hear from our clients that the big challenges facing business management teams in 2010 are; decreased sales, cash flow problems, reduced access to capital [...]

102, 2010

The misnomer of ageism

February 1st, 2010|0 Comments

Age whilst illegal when considered as part of a recruitment process is a misnomer too; there are sub aspects as a "consequence of age" that are more useful [...]

2501, 2010

2009 and 2010

January 25th, 2010|0 Comments

‚ÄúDelivering Results - Transferring Skills & Leaving Legacies‚ÄĚ 2009... indecision? The roundabout has now stopped in an unfamiliar place. Unfamiliarity makes decision making difficult as it‚Äôs hard [...]

2401, 2010

Interim Management Differentiators

January 24th, 2010|0 Comments

Interims managers are different, are not obvious, driven by emotional inteligence. I argue that these are the the client differentiators of their experience of an interim assignment, [...]

1601, 2010

Homogeneous versus hetrogeneous: Dangerous ground?

January 16th, 2010|0 Comments

Homogeneous versus hetrogeneous: Dangerous ground? Over the past few years I have noticed a growing trend towards homogenising interim managers via skills analysis, accreditation, profiling etc and [...]

1401, 2010

Social networking – any good?

January 14th, 2010|0 Comments

  Twitter is a very powerful tool, for keeping yourself informed, and testing new ideas, and taking a global live view of what others are doing too. [...]

601, 2010

Interim management QA

January 6th, 2010|0 Comments

It is near impossible to standardize the content of a QA process for interim management, because that depends on the job to be done, e.g. the terms of engagement [...]

212, 2009

interim management as an investment

December 2nd, 2009|0 Comments

icebreaker executive; interim management as an investment We believe very strongly that successful business is all about change. These skills don’t just happen by chance. The oversight [...]

1409, 2009

Todays business Scenario

September 14th, 2009|0 Comments

‚ÄúDelivering Results - Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies‚ÄĚ Too busy to think? as most of our actions are unconscious, maybe its a good time to do some [...]

1508, 2009

Too busy to think?

August 15th, 2009|0 Comments

‚ÄúDelivering Results - Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies‚ÄĚ Too busy to think? as most of our actions are unconscious, maybe its a good time to do some [...]

1507, 2009

Food for Thought

July 15th, 2009|0 Comments

¬† ‚ÄúDelivering Results - Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies‚ÄĚ Food for thought: ¬†Most businesses have a change program planned or underway. Of these 39% consider they implement [...]

1503, 2009

How do you change threats into exciting opportunities?

March 15th, 2009|0 Comments

‚ÄúDelivering Results - Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies‚ÄĚ How do you change threats into exciting opportunities? ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Successful change managers are expert at changing threats into exciting [...]

1502, 2009

Facing sharp drops in revenue… what questions should you be considering?

February 15th, 2009|0 Comments

Facing sharp drops in revenue‚Ķ what questions should you be considering? ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Which functions should your company divest? ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Which will fail? ‚Äst¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Which should you save? [...]

705, 2008

Icebreaker client deliverables

May 7th, 2008|0 Comments

icebreaker clients are able to benefit from our wide range of key deliverables which include: We will set and agree targets based on getting to the hard [...]

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