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Our journey through lockdown to become a McKinsey ‘Resilient’. And what we learnt along the way…

Our journey through lockdown to become a McKinsey ‘Resilient’. And what we learnt along the way…

OK, hands up. I’m not sure the good folks of McKinsey really know we exist. So I thought I’d share what we learnt.

Spring Survey Results: the biggest challenges facing businesses right now. With practical tips on how to overcome them.

Spring Survey Results: the biggest challenges facing businesses right now. With practical tips on how to overcome them.

We’ve been trying to make sense of things (in much the way you have), so we sent a mini-survey to a group of our clients and contacts to get a pulse check on how they’re feeling right now and what challenges they think might be coming over the horizon.

Planning for the Unplannable

Planning for the Unplannable

There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen

Making Forward Planning Easier to Think About

Making Forward Planning Easier to Think About

As we continue coping with the COVID crisis and all it entails, on both a personal level and a business one, it may sometimes feel that this thing is too vast to get one’s head around.

Got a plan? Then why is nobody sticking to it?

Got a plan? Then why is nobody sticking to it?

As a manager, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could just say, “this week we’re going to do X,” and it just happened? No fuss, no bother.

Are you clear where you’re heading in 2020…but more importantly are your staff?

Are you clear where you’re heading in 2020…but more importantly are your staff?

How’s 2020 shaping up for you? Do you know which direction you want to take the business this year? Are you making progress? Are you sure? But arguably more importantly, have you made sure your staff are part of what you’re trying to achieve?

15 Top tips for working ‘on’ your business (not ‘in’ it)

15 Top tips for working ‘on’ your business (not ‘in’ it)

It’s not uncommon these days for leaders to realise they need to be working ‘on’ the business more – which means less rolling up your sleeves and getting lost in the operational noise and more bigger picture thinking.

Leader Vs Manager. When To Lead, When To Manage

Leader Vs Manager. When To Lead, When To Manage

In all the coaching work I do with managers and leaders we nearly always have a very specific conversation about leading versus managing, and what the difference is. A good leader needs to be able to manage AND lead.