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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 formula 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

Obtaining employee commitment to ‘Ownership’ on the business growth journey

Ownership is one of the six important areas of strategic and operational focus included in our winning (formula)® framework. Understanding what is meant by Ownership, the link with the execution of the strategy and the behaviours and activities required to realise the vision for the business form part of the leadership role on the business growth journey. It is linked to the need for consistent contribution from everyone in the business to the plans for growth for the organisation. It also describes the leadership approach to developing personal accountability throughout the workplace. Ownership is an important stage for your organisation on [...]

Posted by john on April 10th, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Core values – how would you define the personality of your organisation?

Employees in growing organisations often ask me to explain the meaning of ‘core values’ and their importance in the commercial world. Core values are equally as important as the development of an organisation’s vision on the business growth journey. Without either of them, success would be near impossible to achieve. I often describe core values as the glue that keeps the organisation together particularly important when leaders are recruiting new people as they grow and expand on the journey. In simplistic terms, core values best describe the ‘personality and character’ of an organisation. Taken from the culture that exists within [...]

Posted by john on March 19th, 2013 under Culture and Values, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Leadership fire-extinguishers don’t work in a growing business

Steering an organisation on its unique growth journey is one of the biggest personal challenges facing all leaders. Although the end goal, the destination may stay the same, the conditions experienced on the journey will be different within six months, and different again within a year. Why? Because internal and external issues and events will constantly change the commercial landscape in which the organisation operates in. Think of your own organisation or any business for that matter and consider the number and variety of issues facing leaders and managers on a daily basis. Internally, recruiting and retaining talent is important. Engaging [...]

Posted by john on March 11th, 2013 under Leadership Development, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Great founders benefit from the winning (formula)®

It’s not easy to grow a business. As the founder, no one feels the weight of responsibility for the organisation greater than you. Each day your people look to you for leadership and expect you to have the answers to the issues and challenges facing your business, particularly in the current climate. You recognise the value of working on the ‘bigger picture’ and issues important to the long term success of the company, but keeping your people focused on a daily basis on sales revenue, bottom line, service, quality and efficiency matters can drain you of much of your personal [...]

Posted by john on February 22nd, 2013 under Great Founders, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

The business growth journey – a once in a lifetime adventure

If you are serious about growing your organisation then you should lead your people on an inspirational journey. Why? – Because people love journeys. Journeys are a part of all of us. We spend most of our lives on a journey to somewhere, whether a change of location, a career path, even a new relationship. We start out dreaming of the future, full of hope and ambition. We set off into the unknown with fear and excitement, facing challenges, unforeseen events and surprising interventions. We experience despair, frustration and the odd disaster along the way, but we pick ourselves up [...]

Posted by john on February 4th, 2013 under The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , ,  •  No Comments

The Cultural Architect – a new 21st century leader on the business growth journey

Leaders ‘exist at the top’ in most organisations. Generally speaking they are classed as senior managers and because of their status or seniority are often viewed as the natural leaders in the organisation. However, in fast-growing organisations leaders emerge at other levels in the organisation. Some are middle or junior managers. Some are not. We call them Cultural Architects – leaders without authority. Cultural Architects are outstanding individuals who influence, motivate and engage other colleagues on a daily basis. Their major drive is to excel on a personal level, do a good job and ensure that your company continues to [...]

Posted by john on January 11th, 2013 under Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey, The Cultural Architect, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

What does the engagement battleground look like in your organisation?

Have you noticed in the business press lately just how many column inches are devoted to the topic of people engagement? Employees in the workplace are often tired of hearing about it, but the reality of commercial life is that success on the business growth journey is achieved when high levels of people engagement is achieved throughout the organisation. The term ‘engagement’ is often confusing to many leaders. What does it mean? What does it look like? and How do I improve engagement levels in my business? are common questions asked by leaders and managers of fast growing organisations. We define engagement as: ‘the buy-in [...]

Posted by john on January 5th, 2013 under Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments