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Monday
May202013

Take the approach of a curator

A curators job is all about developing a just the right mix of art or exhibits to maximise the impact of the collection. Deciding what to leave out is as important as what you put in. 

This simple approach can have  big results when you apply it to how you run your business and how you deal with most things in life.

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Tuesday
Jan152013

Balancing the long term

I just read a great article from the Harvard Business Review, where Amazon's Jeff Bezos was interviewed as the one of the best performing (living) CEOs of a company. You can read it here. The take out message for me was a really powerful idea that when companies focus on the long term, it ensures that customers and shareholders interests are aligned, if companies are focused on short term outcomes only, the interests of one or the other can be out of sync.

It reminded me of the four perspectives a company should consider when applying a balanced scorecard approach.

 

  1. Has performance been in the interests of the owners?
  2. How do customers evaluate the company?
  3. What are the internal resources and capabilities of the company?
  4. In what areas does the company need to innovate?

 

Sometimes it can feel counter intuitive to make decisions that have a long time horizon, often without the immediate pay back that satisfies short term KPIs, but taking this approach can help your business achieve the game changers that ensure a company's survival and long term relevance.

Tuesday
Dec182012

Be a writer - clear writing is a sign of clear thinking

What that really means is be a great communicator. After spending many hours in meetings, workshops, retreats, lectures and presentations, I know as well as anybody that effective communication can make or break a great idea.

My top 5 tips for ensuring your message gets across and getting the outcomes you intended.

 

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Thursday
Dec132012

How to turn your business into a flying circus

Speed, agility, innovation, effectiveness. These words invoke thoughts of the world’s best companies who have weathered many storms and found value and growth where other firms fail.

The story of Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, Germany’s WW1 most famous pilot provides a great example of how being focused on outcomes and giving teams the freedom to innovate can lead to amazing results. 

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Sunday
Mar182012

Find your guide

Recently I was reminded about how important those special people are in my life who help give perspective, honesty and knowledge. Mentors.

I don't have a formal person who comes to my office every other month and sits down to review my resume and long term goals. But I am lucky enough to have access to a great portfolio of expert advisors who often help me find and make the right decisions when the path forward is not clear. Sometimes it's not the same person for the same job, but I have broken them down into 5 personas that are my own 'board of advisors'.

 

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