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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 formula Tags: , , , ,  •  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 Journey Tags: , , ,  •  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 Journey Tags: , ,  •  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 Journey Tags: , , ,  •  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 formula Tags: , , ,  •  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 Manager Tags: , , ,  •  No Comments

Encouraging employees to view the business through the ‘eyes of the owner’

Imagine you are the ‘leader at the top’ in your organisation and you’re standing at a crossroads. You’re wondering precisely how it is you got this far. You’re a long way from the start. You’ve enjoyed the journey so far and you’ve been aware of the direction you’ve been travelling in. Although it all seemed to be a lot simpler when you first started out. You feel the hundred or so pairs of eyes staring at you from behind. They’re waiting for you to make a move. They’re waiting to follow. After all, you’ve brought them this far. But the [...]

Posted by john on May 16th, 2013 under Business Strategy, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments

Beware of the Cultural Assassin on the business growth journey

It is fair to state that not everyone in the business will share your ambition for the organisation, particularly at the beginning of the journey when you announce your new and exciting plans for growth. Growth and change are inextricably linked. You cannot have one without the other and for every individual who responds positively to the planned new destination for the business, some will not. A poor attitude to work, previous baggage from another company or a lack of respect for the organisation and everything it stands for can contribute to the one person you don’t want on the [...]

Posted by john on April 30th, 2013 under Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey, The Cultural Architect 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