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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 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 program enables a learning culture ... (password win)

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

3004, 2018 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® 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 content shows what to stop doing to free your diary and get control of [...]

2703, 2018

Chapter 3 of 12 of®

March 27th, 2018|2 Comments

Can you build an enduring business without taking NEW action? Last week 250 of 7000 of you took this unique opportunity to take NEW action. Its our [...]

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

2003, 2018

Jack Welsh great perspective on leadership

March 20th, 2018|0 Comments

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


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  

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 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 “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy” 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

210, 2014

Develop people or die

October 2nd, 2014|0 Comments        

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

The icebreaker executive story 2006-2104

March 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Any business leader should find the courage to stop and switch focus and that includes me! In 2014 I have decided to stop the icebreaker executive business [...]

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"™. 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

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3107, 2012

Donec At Mauris Enims

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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3107, 2012

Class Aptent Taciti Soci Ad Litora

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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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

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3107, 2012

Nunc Tincidunt Elit Cursus

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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2902, 2012

Emotional inteligence and traditional leadership skills

February 29th, 2012|0 Comments

Goleman found that while the qualities traditionally associated with leadership—such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—are 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 – prices were too high. RBS did 800 restructuring deals in 2011 – 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 ‘value add’ 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

 “Delivering Results, Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies”  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 – 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

“Delivering Results - Transferring Skills & Leaving Legacies” 2009... indecision? The roundabout has now stopped in an unfamiliar place. Unfamiliarity makes decision making difficult as it’s 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

“Delivering Results - Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies” 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

“Delivering Results - Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies” 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

  “Delivering Results - Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies” 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

“Delivering Results - Transferring Skills and Leaving Legacies” How do you change threats into exciting opportunities? –         Successful change managers are expert at changing threats into exciting [...]

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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