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“Overweight” Companies

November 30, 2010 by


It’s not just people who put on weight – companies do it as well. When the economy is growing, companies tend to “over indulge”. They add a little extra resource here and there, don’t worry quite as much what they spend their bumber profits on and are less concerned with efficiency and effectiveness. During the […]

Lessons in business from a 4 year old

November 28, 2010 by


I have a 4 year old daughter, Katy (pictured).  I realised the other day she could teach me a lot about how to run a business. She gives everything 100%, invariably at 100 miles an hour She is highly motivated and can find delight when undertaking the most boring of routine tasks – she can […]

Company MOT’s

November 26, 2010 by


I booked my car in for an MOT last week and it got me thinking… Companies should also have an “MOT” every year. Some simple metrics, measured each year to ensure a minimum standard is achieved. This could also be used to demonstrate how well a Company is performing and to see whether they are […]

Roonify your business

November 25, 2010 by


Fair to say he is not my favorite football player for several reasons, but I have to admire Wayne Rooney’s footballing talent and ability to generate cash for himself and his employer. He scored a late winner against Rangers last night (As a Celtic fan I am liking him a little bit more now…) to […]

Tapas Consultancy

November 24, 2010 by


Welcome to the age of the “Tapas Consultancy”. I think it’s been gathering pace for a little while and it makes absolute sense to me. It’s a very simple concept. Basically you take a traditional service / consultancy firm offering and break it down into easily digestible, inexpensive, bite sized chunks – just like a […]

Carving a Balloon

November 22, 2010 by


I had a random thought today… What is the definition of mission impossible? Trying to carve a balloon… It got me thinking. I wonder how many times in our daily activities do we try to “carve a balloon”. Where we do something that is almost certainly going to end in failure or wasted effort but […]

On a Different Plane

November 20, 2010 by


On a different plane…   I flew back from Manchester last week after a very long and tiring day and week. I found myself sitting behind two young children that never shut up from the moment we got on the plane to the moment we disembarked. There was a constant chatter and running commentary that […]