Archive for the ‘Lessons from the Pharaohs’ Category

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 formula Tags: , , ,  •  No Comments

Lessons from the Pharaohs – producing a culture statement

The Pyramids, despite the popular misconception to the contrary, were not built by slaves but by highly skilled craftsmen including masons, carpenters, plasterers and painters. Egyptians believed in the pursuit of excellence and were very proud of the quality of their work. Again in contrast to the images depicted by Hollywood filmmakers over the years, a slave system did not exist in Egypt. A form of national service prevailed throughout the kingdom and it was viewed as an honour to work on behalf of the Pharaoh. In matters of Egyptian law, women enjoyed an equal status with men. They were [...]

Posted by john on April 25th, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, Lessons from the Pharaohs, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Lessons from the Pharaohs – the importance of the compelling vision

Building the Pharaoh’s Pyramid was not an easy task and we know from research carried out over the last 80 years or so that many of the challenges facing the Pharaohs on their construction journey are similar to those facing leaders on their business growth journey nowadays. Designing and constructing a great Pyramid required high levels of productivity, innovation and a real commitment to quality. Specialist skill sets, use of knowledge, positive attitudes and inspirational leadership would be important on the journey. But how did the great Pharaohs inspire others to support them and more importantly keep everyone focused and [...]

Posted by john on February 13th, 2013 under Leadership Development, Lessons from the Pharaohs, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Lessons from the Pharaohs – the reasons for embarking on the business growth journey

Over a decade ago, I felt I needed a strong and memorable theme that would reflect the successful working and use of the winning (formula)® approach to delivering business growth. After a great deal of research and discussions with my team, the pyramid concept was chosen. I believed then – and still do today – that there is a real similarity between this symbol of endurance, power and strength and the requirements of businesses in today’s world. Further research and development of the concept would end in the writing and publishing of ‘The Old World, New World and the Real [...]

Posted by john on December 7th, 2012 under Lessons from the Pharaohs, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Lessons from the Pharaohs – the winning (formula)® approach to delivering business growth

The Great Pyramid at Giza, built for King Khufi in c.2589 B.C. is the last one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ still surviving. The largest pyramid ever built by any of the Egyptian Pharaohs, it was, at the time of its completion, and still is today, the largest stone structure ever built. Eighty other similar monuments still stand today – a testament to the ambition of the Pharaohs and the dedication and work ethic of the people of Ancient Egypt. But how were they built? And what lessons can Business Leaders take from the pyramid builders? A lot [...]

Posted by john on November 30th, 2012 under Leadership Development, Lessons from the Pharaohs, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , , ,  •  No Comments