New websites and blog postings from John Stein

I am delighted to announce a major improvement to the information I share with you regarding all things Winning Formula. Social media will form a major part of my future communication, supported by an increase in blog activity via the following new websites. Our official website will feature specialist leadership, growth, change management, management development and organisational development blogs. The website address is My official personal website highlighting my speaker and event services is My new winning formula publication ‘Building the Pyramid’ will be launched in March 2014. A specialist website including special gallery features, articles and blogs supporting the book and [...]


Posted by johnstein on September 1st, 2013 under the winning formula • No Comments

Great Founders – Lessons learned from Mark Boddington of Silverlining Furniture

Mark Boddington is the founder and driving force behind Silverlining – the world’s leading luxury furniture making brand. You may not have heard of Silverlining – don’t be disappointed if you haven’t – their unique design and build proposition is rarely if ever purchased by anyone other than the super-rich. Their world-wide customer base is confidential – many of their clients have been with them for a decade and more – and includes billionaire entrepreneurs, Russian oligarchs, financiers and royalty. You are likely to come into contact with a bespoke piece of Silverlining furniture in a private residence, super yacht, embassy or [...]


Posted by john on August 30th, 2013 under Entrepreneurship, Great Founders, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formulaTags: , , , ,  • No Comments

Ten factors which differentiate the Great Founder from others

I have had the rare privilege to work with many founders – some at the beginning of their journey – and take it from me; it’s not easy being a founder. They experience more emotional highs and lows in the commercial world than any other group of leaders. Chief Executives may feel that they carry a huge burden and responsibility with them when asked to lead large corporate organisations, but the pressures involved are different and less. Compensation packages and notice periods available to the corporate leader cushion the fall for many who fail. Founders walk the tightrope each and [...]


Posted by john on August 10th, 2013 under Great Founders, Leadership Development, The Business Growth JourneyTags: , , ,  • No Comments

Guru Jim Collins definition of greatness and the link with your own organisation

Are you lucky enough to work in a great company? Not sure? We are often told that there are very few great companies around. The evidence is often based on the small numbers of organisations who achieve ‘best or great’ status in any of the awards programmes currently running in the UK. Perhaps there are thousands more out there that we are not aware of. I’m not so sure after reading one of the latest articles from Guru Jim Collins. His comments have made me sit up and consider seriously the term ‘greatness’ and how it’s achieved. The meaning of [...]


Posted by john on July 31st, 2013 under Business Strategy, Culture and Values, Leadership Development, The Business Growth JourneyTags: , ,  • No Comments

The characteristics of a 21st century learning organisation

Over the last century we have made huge strides in our knowledge and understanding of so many fields. From the internet to space travel; from cloning and stem cell research to breaking the sound barrier; and from eradicating disease to the greater comprehension of why we behave as we do. All of these leaps were made through advancements in human learning, and never has it been clearer that learning is essential to operate and succeed in the modern world. If we cease to learn and explore, then we stagnate and get left behind. In business today, the value placed on [...]


Posted by john on July 17th, 2013 under Business Strategy, Culture and Values, The Business Growth JourneyTags: , , ,  • No Comments

Attending a personal time management seminar is only part of the solution

Maximising use of time in the workplace is one of the biggest challenges facing leaders, managers and their teams in any growing organisation. Time is our most important asset and we all agree that we would dearly love to have more of it. Poor time management impacts on every aspect of our working lives and contributes to lower productivity, efficiency and morale. But it doesn’t need to be like this. Time management means different things to different people. To some, it refers to a range of skills, tools, approaches and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects [...]


Posted by john on July 10th, 2013 under Management Development Tips, The Growth ManagerTags: , , ,  • No Comments

How would you describe your team meeting experience?

If there is one aspect of working life that is a mixed blessing, then it is surely meetings. Yet so much time is spent in them, and many of them become unconstructive. Meetings are of course an important part of organisational communication, consultation, debate and decision making. We need them, colleagues attending need them and we need to get the best from them. The meeting should be an inspiring and motivational experience for everyone attending. If not it has been a waste of time, resources and money. Consider the cost I have never been able to understand why many of [...]


Posted by john on July 5th, 2013 under Management Development Tips, The Growth ManagerTags: ,  • No Comments

Lessons from the Pharaohs – critical success factors linked to strategy

Growth challenges, imperatives, vision, culture, values and objectives form the basis of any business strategy. The approach used in the commercial world of today is similar to that used by the kings and queens of ancient Egypt thousands of years ago. The Pharaoh’s vision to build the perfect pyramid was arguably the most important element of his construction strategy. To people inside and outside the kingdom, his vision statement was the compass, showing the whole world the focus of his people’s endeavours over the lifespan of the journey. In the business world, many people reading or hearing about an organisation’s [...]


Posted by john on June 28th, 2013 under Business Strategy, Lessons from the Pharaohs, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formulaTags: , , ,  • No Comments

The confusion that exists in the workplace regarding the ‘motivation of others’

‘How to motivate others’ is the most popular development topic requested by managers and leaders in any organisation anywhere in the world. It’s not surprising. There is a direct link between the motivation level of individuals and their day-to-day personal performance. A highly motivated workforce will improve productivity, efficiency and deliver positive results. A de-motivated workforce, however, will contribute towards poor customer service, a lack of innovation and a lack of team spirit between colleagues and others. Fluctuations in morale will result in inconsistent performance. The psychology of motivation is complex – what motivates one individual will not necessarily motivate [...]


Posted by john on June 21st, 2013 under Management Development Tips, The Growth ManagerTags: , ,  • No Comments

Resistance to change on the business growth journey

Change and business growth are inextricably linked. The business growth journey is one of constant change. You cannot participate in one without experiencing the other. Both journeys constantly challenge those people involved in them at all levels in the business. The steer and strategy for ‘change’ within any growing organisation will come from the directors and senior management team, but the middle managers, supervisors and team leaders will also play a major role in its implementation. It is crucial, therefore, that every member of the management team is equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver the new [...]


Posted by john on June 14th, 2013 under Management Development Tips, The Business Growth Journey, The Growth ManagerTags: , , ,  • No Comments