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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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’.