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How to move forward as a leader

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Leaders Must look beyond the Horizon for Success: (Five Tips For Moving Beyond Certainty in Business) It is always easy to look backwards and see how a business has evolved to where it is today, than to look at where a business is today and predict where it will go in the future. Looking backwards from essence of an idea, to the formative stage in which it was created and how it has evolved to where it is now, journeys look logical and rationale. When leaders look at their business, the rational behind the direction setting they took seems obvious today and makes perfect sense, but the truth is that at the time of making those vital decisions it was not.  

Making decisions about the future is never easy and certainly not simple. The lack of information about the future, the uncertainty of what will happen within any sector and the singularity of ownership of the big decision weight on leaders minds often leads to procrastination and delay.

Seeing beyond the horizon, to what the worl…

Working ON Your Business NOT IN Your Business

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Working ON Your Business not IN Your BusinessThe pressure on directors and leaders to be not only great role models but also to be involved in every aspect of the business. But successful leaders in any sector, no matter their personality or background, always have the ability to focus ON their business rather then IN their business. What does that mean in reality and if it is so successful why do directors get pulled into their business so easily, and what to do about it. 

Directors: Being Pulled from Pillar to PostThe urge for directors to jump in to your business as the chief fire-fighter or executive management is the most natural reaction any director or owner has when it is under pressure to demonstrate their leadership. 'Keep calm I'm in charge' is the key message leaders want to portray. That position of fire-fighter extraordinaire (superman without the lycra) the man (mainly) who can, is a powerful pull to keep leaders hands on, but its also one main reason why com…

Strategy V Culture - They Aren't Opposites

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Strategy v Culture – They Aren't Opposites 
Is culture more important than strategy, or is strategy more important than culture?This classic question has grow in the mindset of leaders in recent years as the rise of culture in the workplace is recognised for its importance not only in improving performance but in driving whole enterprise competitiveness. For anyone familiar wth the McKinsey S7 model will know that the shared values within any organisation ultimately drive the delivery of both the hard 'S' factors, (strategy, systems and structure) and the soft 'S' factors (skills, staff and style). 
McKinsey 7S model for ANY Business


The focus today on culture over strategy is really a misunderstanding of the importance of strategic thinking in business. The relationship between strategy and culture is in fact  one of mutual dependence. Without a clear strategic vision in place, thoroughly developed by the leadership team, then no amount of investment in culture will…