2809, 2011

Hedgehog concept by Jim Collins

By |September 28th, 2011|0 Comments

In his book, “Good to Great”, Jim Collins talks about a business that needs to have a Hedgehog concept. The term hedgehog comes from a parable about a hedgehog and a fox. Every day the fox tries to outwit the hedgehog in order to have a nice meal. However, the hedgehog is able to become an impenetrable ball […]

1309, 2011

Having a Safe Haven – A lesson from Churchill

By |September 13th, 2011|0 Comments

Reviewing Churchill has unearthed a major foundation stone of leadership. Leaders need a safe haven because, as Druker said, “Leadership is a foul weather job”. During difficult times, leaders need a passion, an interest, a hobby which is outside their working life. Churchill once said, “Everyday away from Chartwell is a wasted day”. He loved […]

509, 2011

Minimizing your own personal Baggage

By |September 5th, 2011|0 Comments

We all carry too much personal baggage with us on our life’s journey. Whilst we cannot unload all of it, we can unload a number of rocks from our rucksack. Without a doubt, one of the most profound insights into this issue is the Enneagram. To understand more about this please read my extract from my Winning […]

2708, 2011


By |August 27th, 2011|0 Comments

You need one now. I am currently in discussion with Louis and I am telling him that a cluster of mentors is essential for greatness. Louis is one of the string of undergraduates that I have had the pleasure of working with. A key criteria of selection of these under graduates is that I need […]

2208, 2011

The myths of KPIs number 1 to 3

By |August 22nd, 2011|0 Comments

There are many reasons why your performance measures are not working. One main factor is a lack of understanding of the myths surrounding performance measurement , as David Parmenter explains*.

Myth #1: You can delegate a performance management project to a consulting firm
For the last fifteen years or so many organisations have entered performance measure initiatives […]

1508, 2011

Recruiting – a life and death decision

By |August 15th, 2011|0 Comments

Peter Drucker emphasized the significance of recruiting by calling it a life and death decision. When I travel around the world talking to workshops I always get a large show of hands when I ask, “Who has recruited somebody they have lived to regret?”. We simply do not put enough time into ‘putting fences at […]

908, 2011

Candour – A Jack Welch Wisdom

By |August 9th, 2011|0 Comments

Jack Welch preaches management need to have more candour, to be open, honest and frank. This is particularly important with staff who are not performing well. I recommend, you listen to a youtube recording of Jack talking about Candour.

108, 2011

Toyota's 15 year advantage

By |August 1st, 2011|0 Comments

Having read a couple of brilliant books on Toyota, in particular Jeffrey Liker’s, “The Toyota Way”. It became clear to me that Toyota has a significant advantage over all other organisations. To replicate their 14 principles in an organisation would take up to 15 years of dedicated work. A Journey that many leading companies […]

2107, 2011

Jack Welch and his Legacy

By |July 21st, 2011|0 Comments

I heard the other day, somebody express an opinion that Jack Welch was out of favour. I would like to put on record, that I believe his leadership and management practices are and have been outstanding. His book, “Winning” is in my top ten business books and a recommended read. Search “Welch + youtube” and […]

707, 2011

The influence of Jim Collins

By |July 7th, 2011|0 Comments

The more I read Jim Collins’ work, the more profound I believe his work is. His book, “How the mighty fall”, is a must read for any investor, executive or government official. It is an accurate predictor of failure. His website, JimCollins.com should be on every bodies favourites. 15 minutes a week should be considered a necessary ‘fix’.