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2711, 2020


November 27th, 2020|0 Comments

emotions stop or reverse, emotions are offshoots of actions, actions are everything you cant motivate yourself without a routine.

2011, 2020

November 20th, 2020|0 Comments

"But in the past few decades, the office has served, for many people, as a last community standing. In an age where various associative institutions are in [...]

1711, 2020

Google culture is now a tyranny

November 17th, 2020|0 Comments

Secular big tech is patently obviously losing any sense of moral high ground. This is a threat to their existence. Source:  

211, 2020

Be careful

November 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

Be careful: "The current stock bubble is unlike any precedented one in his view. The formation of a bubble comes from market participants unrealistically assuming that a [...]

2910, 2020

Tech not so cool

October 29th, 2020|0 Comments

"But in the smartphone market, fewer customers are upgrading their phones every two years, and many want to spend less on their next phone than their last [...]

2710, 2020


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2710, 2020

Bubble burst

October 27th, 2020|0 Comments

2710, 2020

EQ issue not an IQ issue

October 27th, 2020|0 Comments

This is an EQ challenge not an IQ challenge, thinking must change to fix the right problem, then take #newaction. The solution is a #jazzband: PPS [...]

2610, 2020

Jobs last words

October 26th, 2020|0 Comments

Steve Jobs dies a billionaire, with a fortune of $7 billion, at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer, and here are some of his last words... [...]

2610, 2020

This is how the economy will recover

October 26th, 2020|0 Comments

"This ends one of two ways. The pain-free way is where the financial elites come together to fix what caused the breakage on August 9th, 2007. The [...]

2510, 2020

Protecting and inflating the tech bubble

October 25th, 2020|0 Comments

"We’re floating inside a full-blown, central bank confidence balloon, and all it takes to burst this is a flick of the psychological switch." "The modern-day financial technologists [...]

2310, 2020

Who will lead the charge (NOW)?

October 23rd, 2020|0 Comments

From the last 30 pubs it's very clear that a very small minority of people that can and have the courage to re-invent great businesses. Its not [...]

2110, 2020

subscription pricing

October 21st, 2020|0 Comments

2010, 2020

Jazzband part 2

October 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Let's save UK PLC: "THE PUB" Phase 2: to roll out #Jazzbands; the leadership capability to enable #NEWaction... As Lars said, this is THE time to step [...]

2010, 2020

The Standard Form

October 20th, 2020|0 Comments

The Stands Form is ANOTHER great tool (that NO-ONE? is using?) to formally put creditor payments on hold during the turnaround window. #NEWaction #winningthinking

2010, 2020

Jazzbands and decison making

October 20th, 2020|0 Comments

The importance of a #jazzband to enable critical thinking in automotive / aero technology development environment: "While the spotlight has been on electric aviation for the past [...]

2010, 2020

Governments getting duped by tech

October 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Even EU / UK Governments are naively getting duped by tech and tech ponzi schemes, sure to lead to a wholesale loss in government income too, let [...]

1507, 2020

Reversible decisons – just do it Bezos

July 15th, 2020|0 Comments

quote: "Type 1 decisions are almost impossible to reverse. They’re “one-way doors.” Type 2 decisions, on the other hand, can easily be reversed. They’re “two-way doors.” Type [...]

2603, 2020

Next 18 months

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1703, 2020

Good Mckinsey article on leadership

March 17th, 2020|0 Comments

702, 2020

Digital transformation yeah? Not

February 7th, 2020|0 Comments

Dominic Cummings: A model of disruptive leadership? "The best way to spot those at the vanguard of disruption is by their unpopularity." a flawed negative generalization so... [...]

302, 2020

Google and Apple control of our attention

February 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

"When Google launched its first “Digital Wellbeing” tools on Pixel phones last year, it took a more prescriptive approach to curbing screen time. You could monitor usage [...]

801, 2020

The 2020 CEO Game Changer Program

January 8th, 2020|0 Comments

CEOs, portfolio directors and FDs: The 2020 January CEO Game Changer Program is set be a great day: great executives, groundbreaking results and great location. We now [...]

801, 2020

The #SiliconValley Ponzi & #Unicorn logic:

January 8th, 2020|0 Comments

The #SiliconValley Ponzi & #Unicorn logic: the more money you burn growing, the higher your business valuation... The thinking that corrupts the best / most sober [...]

701, 2020

the puzzle of motivation

January 7th, 2020|0 Comments

Reward undermines thinking and cognitive tasks - rewards only work for simple tasks  

601, 2020

Would you follow BCG’s steer on these trends?

January 6th, 2020|0 Comments

If you look at the macro or micro reductions in profit, diminishing investor returns, environmental damage, control, privacy implications, digital feudalism, economic rent, societal, people, market outcomes [...]

501, 2020

Weirdos are welcome but not required

January 5th, 2020|0 Comments

As Jordan Peterson says if people can do their thing and be left alone that's always their preference. But... The difficulty is that the challenge changes and [...]

301, 2020

Learning agility

January 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Learning agility is a core element of the program - this research shows #learningagility has a robust relationship with both leader performance (ρ = 0.74) and [...]

201, 2020

2019 tech deaths

January 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

201, 2020

ai value chain

January 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

1612, 2019

Thomas Cook by Pictures!

December 16th, 2019|0 Comments

612, 2019

BCG report on tech and global megatrends

December 6th, 2019|0 Comments

This is the great paradox of the big4 driven #techstrategies, there is NO #criticalthinking because when you look at the emerging facts if there was critical thinking you WOULDN'T blindly [...]

412, 2019

CRISPR AI driven medical advances

December 4th, 2019|0 Comments

CRISPR technology has the potential in 10 years time to fix 7000 gene related diseases including ageing, so we could live for 100s of years Jeff Brown [...]

412, 2019

Top 20 advances AI in retail

December 4th, 2019|0 Comments

212, 2019

AI misinformation

December 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

The dangers of looking at the micro level and missing the macro level...

112, 2019

fintech vs bank

December 1st, 2019|0 Comments

2311, 2019

Data protectio and data brokers

November 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

"Many people I’ve spoken to have a pretty good understanding that companies like Facebook and Google have a massive amount of data on them. And most of those [...]

1911, 2019

UK Ai Sector deal

November 19th, 2019|0 Comments

1811, 2019

Weird AI

November 18th, 2019|0 Comments

1811, 2019


November 18th, 2019|0 Comments

911, 2019

)techies) Views on AI

November 9th, 2019|0 Comments

611, 2019

IBM’s view of It Growth

November 6th, 2019|0 Comments

But positive progress still comes with problems. IBM estimates that as many as 120 million people in the major economies of the world will need to be [...]

611, 2019

what qualifies as an ai startup?

November 6th, 2019|0 Comments

511, 2019

GAN networks – deep fakes

November 5th, 2019|0 Comments "Their secret lies in the way two neural networks work together — or rather, against each other. You start by feeding both neural networks a whole [...]

2610, 2019

insight into the mocrosfy culture, autocratic and limitting

October 26th, 2019|0 Comments This is the sort of cultural trap, that addresses can't change the thinking -> way of working unchanged -> recruit more of the same

1510, 2019

How inept might we be becoming?

October 15th, 2019|0 Comments

This is a great article illustrating how inept we might be becoming. Are the well-intentioned political correct mantras, chatbots, and tech obsession inadvertently making us increasingly inept, [...]

1110, 2019

Cloudfare: an independent block chain internet solution

October 11th, 2019|0 Comments

An independent blockchain internet solution to enable collaboration. Independent of google etc

810, 2019

Unicorn vs Cheshire cat?

October 8th, 2019|0 Comments

"Big, of course, begets big. As more and more heavyweight VCs bid up the value of start-ups, others have to follow. It’s up or out. The result [...]

510, 2019

Youtube manipulation

October 5th, 2019|0 Comments

YouTube’s algorithm, especially, has an outsize influence. The platform is estimated to be second only to Google in web traffic, and 70% of what users watch is fed to [...]

510, 2019

Tech manipulation

October 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Her study’s findings imply that visual distractions — like the ones caused by the flash of a “new message” alert or a news update — might distort [...]

410, 2019

Microsoft AI report

October 4th, 2019|0 Comments

110, 2019

WeWork vs Thomas Cook is there a similarity?

October 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Thomas Cook was formerly a successful profitable business formed 148 years ago. WeWork, however, formed the characteristics and psychology of a distressed business or misaligned actions vs [...]

3009, 2019

Friction reward

September 30th, 2019|0 Comments

Richard Hammonds view: Friction vs Reward easy and more attractive drives customer experience

3009, 2019

Watson in AI

September 30th, 2019|0 Comments

2409, 2019

Thomas Cook – Overcooked?

September 24th, 2019|0 Comments

What are the leadership skills to recognise a turnaround? The Thomas Cook business model was bust last time i looked at it, at least 7 years ago. [...]

2309, 2019

the case for enterprise leadership

September 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

This is the case for finding the courageous "enterprise leaders" to sell hashtag#innovation to in large corporations... because corporate structures encourage leaders to be transactional and they [...]

2009, 2019

Primark the online retail free success story

September 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Interesting case study: Primark with social media product placement, NO online retail presence is a very efficient low-cost model. Bricks and mortar have far lower operating costs [...]

1109, 2019

Apple is becoming an intermediator

September 11th, 2019|0 Comments

This is another great case study showing how the big tech cos by becoming intermediators enables them to trash (their own) markets. This is not disruption this [...]

1109, 2019

Wo is putting their business first?

September 11th, 2019|0 Comments

Who is putting their business first? hashtag#artificialintelligence is a very effective business attack tool: automating/eliminating sources of high value add, making markets smaller, fragmenting delivery, reducing value-adding [...]

609, 2019

MIT leadership gap report

September 6th, 2019|0 Comments

traditional leadership development makes 0 difference I am delighted we have broken the mould 🙂  

209, 2019

authentic leadership

September 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

There is no reason why if you know how to switch your style that you have to compromise your authenticity or what matters to you?

2808, 2019

tech culture fuelling a rise in mental ill-health,

August 28th, 2019|0 Comments

With an ‘always on’ culture fuelling a rise in mental ill-health, it’s up to organisations to make sure their workers have some downtime

2708, 2019

IRL – In real life

August 27th, 2019|0 Comments

The HR Balancing Act: Tech Insights Versus Human Intuition

2708, 2019

Fortune 500

August 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Our forte: realising and getting the mission-critical strategy right... So delighted to have been invited to contribute to enabling (the profitable!) step-change in the growth of a [...]

2708, 2019

Free speech at Google?

August 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Closing down political free speech at #Google could create a tyranny of tolerance and undermine integrity. Even small shifts like this would threaten Google culture and send [...]

2708, 2019

Economic rent – new dilemma for 2020s

August 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Economic rent is the difference between the value and organisation brings vs the value created for itself This is something to consider to protect the viability of [...]

2108, 2019


August 21st, 2019|0 Comments

THE OTHER WAY - RETAIL #ASOS and #OCADO are 2 organisations with great frictionless customer experience, but unaware of how their strategic mantra present an immediate business [...]

2008, 2019

Here is what drives you…

August 20th, 2019|0 Comments

Hi At a time when social media and tech are causing us to lose focus and vision this is what concerns our clients most: "their executives have no idea what drives [...]

1908, 2019

The WeWork strategy?

August 19th, 2019|0 Comments

There isn't much in the WeWork strategy that makes sense, let alone any financial sense, except creating a desperate structure for banks/founders to make money doing pointless [...]

1908, 2019

5 reasons why fund raising fails

August 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Here are the FIVE key reasons why fundraising fails. 1. The principals in the deal do not commit any cash to the deal. ‘Sweat equity’, ‘long term [...]

1208, 2019

The mindset of a great turnaround specialist

August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

This is the perspective of a great turnaround specialist: provide opportunities and support then watch who thrives. Immediate results

1208, 2019

What are you doing to invest in your thinking?

August 12th, 2019|0 Comments What are you doing to invest in your thinking? Uncertainty, speed, tech and fear of missing out substantially distort our thinking and substantially misalign decision [...]

1208, 2019

The importance of critical thinking

August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Wisdom from Jordan Peterson. The importance of critical thinking Jung says people who "don't think" accept their own incoming ideas as facts...  

1208, 2019

AI in retail at the Shard

August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Delighted to share some pictures from the AI speaking events held at the Shard in July. Thank you so much to Professor Andy Pardoe and Imogen Weston [...]

1208, 2019

Take new actions it changes our reality

August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

it's all about practising new actions - it rewires our brains and new actions our reality :

1208, 2019

Alibaba and Chinas business models

August 12th, 2019|0 Comments

As China is the toughest retail market in the world they are & will set the pace when they start exporting these digital business models - Amazon [...]

2207, 2019

Tech success stories

July 22nd, 2019|0 Comments  

1707, 2019

Axion AI impact on tech jobs

July 17th, 2019|0 Comments

The big picture: But the impact may be larger than the response thus far. Per a recent report from Brookings, around 40% of the tasks done by computer programmers and [...]

1007, 2019

Dopamine and Tech addiction

July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, exploited a “vulnerability in human psychology”, explained Parker, Whenever someone likes or comments on a post or photograph, he [...]

107, 2019

State of AI 2019

July 1st, 2019|0 Comments

2606, 2019

Why does your opinion NOT matter?

June 26th, 2019|0 Comments

How do "victim groups" fuel and unite political correctness, and create a hierarchy of victims that regardless of the illegality of their action trumps and silences an [...]

2406, 2019 & nudge theory

June 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Learning in a way that prompts leaders to think, reflect and act. With: freedom of choice; decisions; leveraging diversity and free will - & nudge theory [...]

1406, 2019

Thinking and technology

June 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Interesting Paul Perera. We cannot outperform our thinking? The greatest limitation is our thinking and being unaware of our flaws, there are some flawed mantras driving flawed thinking [...]

1006, 2019

What does your behaviour cost your business ??

June 10th, 2019|0 Comments

  What does your behaviour cost your business? In the context of increasing your gross margins and increasing your available time – consider these extraordinary stats: Source Stevenson/Farmer Government-commissioned review Oct [...]

2905, 2019

The Hidden Business Bear Trap

May 29th, 2019|0 Comments

The Hidden Business Bear Trap: Yesterday I met with an incredibly successful executive at an FTSE 30 client. (in the context that 85% of their employees are [...]

2905, 2019

wise words “the grass is always greener where you water it…”

May 29th, 2019|0 Comments

wise words "the grass is always greener where you water it..." hashtag#leadership hashtag#technology hashtag#technology hashtag#success hashtag#emotionalintelligence ovation hashtag#business hashtag#innovation hashtag#tech hashtag#culture hashtag#venturecapital

2905, 2019

the digital intermediator of the sale will control the supply chain too?

May 29th, 2019|0 Comments It seems clear that the digital intermediator of the sale will control the supply chain too? It seems obvious that these Chinese businesses will first trash [...]

2905, 2019

SUCCESSFUL succession is key to creating a company that’s worth money?

May 29th, 2019|0 Comments SUCCESSFUL succession is key to creating a company that's worth money? Yet even when "textbook" succession plans have been implemented in great businesses we have picked [...]

2705, 2019

China retail – digitisation

May 27th, 2019|0 Comments

A summary by Jeffrey Towson, these business models will be exported in due course

2305, 2019

China buying UK aerospace

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

China buying up our aerospace component base is part of its long term strategic plan. I'm sure its bad strategy for the UK industrial infrastructure where we [...]

2305, 2019

Successful marketing & social media

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

A lateral view. This is the basis of realigning the channel and digital marketing - w be found this humble test and adjust approach is key to [...]

2305, 2019

Social media and suicide

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

As a father of 2 daughters: this is so tragic and irreversible? There is a fundamental flaw in tech leaders understanding of the human impact of [...]

2305, 2019

intermediating profits

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

The new norm: “a perverse situation where the business of providing goods or services is significantly less profitable than the business intermediating its sale,” Skift 2016

2305, 2019

Tech solutions and stress

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Have you noticed how stressed people are becoming... it follows that increasing the tech mess is likely to increase: isolation; flawed thinking and underperformance so likely to [...]

205, 2019

How do your employees feel?

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

As a manager in my 20's, most feedback I received was genuinely threatening... Today a client... A Global Inc. is making good money but during the process, [...]

3004, 2019

Start up and cash burn

April 30th, 2019|0 Comments

yes, good interesting clear article. I would add in terms of acceptable cash burn for me, there is the start-up stage to get the infrastructure right then [...]

2304, 2019

Google on leaders

April 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

904, 2019

Do you love surprises?

April 9th, 2019|0 Comments

In the context of increasing your gross margins and increasing your available time – consider this: Do you love surprises? Here are some surprises we have shone [...]

504, 2019

Who likes surprises?

April 5th, 2019|0 Comments

In the case of the VW emissions scandal, Virgin Galactic explosion and Boeing 747 MAX issues - employees will have definitely known about the underlying issues? But [...]

204, 2019

The easiest people to dupe are ourselves?

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

The easiest people to dupe are ourselves? We are reliant on our peers to hold us to account? prevents this duping by immediately flagging up the [...]

204, 2019

Social media is causing mental illness

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Social media is causing mental illness, and trashing family unity? Yet through fear and the tech mantras we accelerate AI etc. See how fear undermines our decision [...]

204, 2019

antidote to intolerance is forgiveness:

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

The antidote to intolerance is forgiveness: have you noticed without forgiveness you are hurt, angry and lose strategic clarity? The test of whether you have forgiven someone [...]

204, 2019

Tech in retail by IBM

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

A good pragmatic article on Tech in retail - I agree from the several retail turnarounds we have led, its back to basics, with technology as an [...]

204, 2019

Lets keep talking?

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Lets keep talking its the means to keep businesses strategies and cultures healthy. Have you got the courage and skills to do so and does your culture [...]

204, 2019

Mobbing the action heros

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Whilst we are all far from perfect - like crows mobbing a bird of prey - notice how hashtag#leadership with courage to act get vilified and mobbed [...]

204, 2019

Agile & innovative yeah?

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Agile & innovative yeah? - we are extraordinarily good at avoiding taking NEW action? A few weeks back I ran a session with a big 4 [...]

204, 2019

“Dupe Box Jury”

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Executives how are you getting DUPED today? Are you interested to learn how you WILL get duped by Carillion and Patisserie Valerie type financial crises? And how: [...]

204, 2019

Counter-intuitive solutions

April 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Landing a space ship backwards is such a counter-intuitive solution, fundamental to reducing the cost of space travel. Exactly the same type of counter-intuitive thinking @Ken Gabriel [...]

1803, 2019

China’s Infrastructure Investment!

March 18th, 2019|0 Comments

In theory, everyone who takes part in this revived Silk Road scheme—a list now more than 70 countries long—benefits from it. Chinese companies plowed more than $15 [...]

1303, 2019

The role of a CEO

March 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Kaigham J. Gabriel is a legendary product innovator and entrepreneur. This is his advice on fulfilling his role as a CEO: "to provide resource and remove obstacles"... [...]

1303, 2019

fear of failure

March 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Kaigham J. Gabriel is a legendary product innovator and entrepreneur. This is his advice on innovation. He does not encourage failure, he discourages the fear of failure. [...]

1303, 2019

dehumanising and disturbing?

March 13th, 2019|0 Comments

This is dehumanising and disturbing> its clear to me this will further cause people to lose themselves and exasperate the current suicide crisis?

1203, 2019


March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Interserve was such an obvious target to fail after Carillion, what lessons did the leadership take from Carillion? 🙂 hashtag#leadership hashtag#resilience hashtag#culture

1203, 2019

China’s debt load is stalling their pillage

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

It's refreshing to see the basic economics catching up with Phase 2 of "China's infrastructure investment plans.." Their debt load should stall their global pillage...? hashtag#globalization hashtag#china [...]

1203, 2019

Technology or customer first? Steve Jobs

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

This is where execution of hashtag#artificialinteligence is going wrong... Steve Jobs advice: "You've got to start with the customer experience and work backward to the technology. You [...]

1203, 2019

Chinese superplatforms

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

A great summary of how digital is enabling convergent business models. This is completely uprooting the traditional players and being led by China. Phase 5 of China's [...]

1203, 2019


March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Interesting UK stat: Of those with over £10m only 10% give anything to charity at all and on average this group give £240 each per year. I [...]

1203, 2019

In weak companies politics wins

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Funny thinking about "TMs Brexit deal" is that all it is doing is giving away our trade deal negotiating position, £39bn, assuring the EU 1 way free [...]

1203, 2019

Lets celebrate success?

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Eh UK - let's celebrate our successes? I learnt last week, that the UK, driven from Wales has a 9% market share of the £66bn global market [...]

1203, 2019

Losing sight of the big picture…

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Look how organised, resourced and laser focused China are on business success. The UK is falling behind and can't even do something simple like unshackle ourselves from [...]

1203, 2019

Jordan B Peterson’s challenge for #HR is perfect

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Jordan B Peterson's challenge for hashtag#HR is perfect... “The doctrines that are driving hashtag#hiring decisions, for example — any emphasis, for example, on hashtag#equity, or hashtag#equality of outcome — it’s unbelievably [...]

1203, 2019

The Common Denominator of Success:

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

The Common Denominator of Success: 1. Successful people have formed the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do 2. Successful people are influenced by [...]

1203, 2019

I am…

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

What's your answer to this question... "I am...? " Because we will never consistently do what we are not. So "I am..." or our identity drives everything [...]

1203, 2019

Kier’s balance sheet

March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Kier's balance sheet looks like its heading for a trouble. The demise of a construction company's financial governance is highlighted by 1. over valuing work in progress, [...]

403, 2019

Are you giving away cash and squandering time ??

March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Substantially increasing: gross margins; and available time are the new business battlegrounds? With increasing pace and disruption: it is becoming increasingly difficult to increase margins and productivity? [...]

2702, 2019

Why does thinking determine our success?

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Why does thinking determine our success? Because it has by far the highest cash return on investment of 45-110x. Why? " because people reach the limits of [...]

2702, 2019

The Common Denominator of Success

February 27th, 2019|0 Comments

The Common Denominator of Success: 1. Successful people have formed the habit of doing things that failures don't like to do 2. Successful people are influenced by [...]

102, 2019

How is your well-being?

February 1st, 2019|0 Comments

Subscribe Past Issues RSS Translate   View this email in your browser How is your well-being? Your performance is entirely determined by your well-being and this isregardless of [...]

2011, 2018

What does good look like?

November 20th, 2018|0 Comments 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 and...... how is it possible great leaders find it so difficult to record video content 🙂 Some observations from August 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 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® 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, 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 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


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 sessions on a weekly basis. This [...]

1911, 2018

The risks of regulating #artificialintelligence

November 19th, 2018|0 Comments 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 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   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 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?

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.

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 “persist in an action when they perceive that they have personally chosen to do so.” The 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 – Our Story

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments - 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 ?

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 program for the last 12 years 🙂    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

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 GRIT is a stronger indicator of success than IQ. 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 and...... how is it possible great leaders find it so difficult to record video content 🙂 Some observations from August 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"      ??

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 program for the last 12 years 🙂    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 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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

701, 2008