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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

The CIPD report on the future of leadership development

It’s strange how in the world of business you can plough a furrowed field – often alone – for which seems like an eternity and all of a sudden you are surrounded by people who understand what you are up to, why you are doing it and are happy to announce the merits of your activity to the world. Well that is what it feels like at the moment with regard to our winning (formula)® framework. This week our framework and approach used to develop client leaders in the workplace has been given the thumbs up by no less an [...]

Posted by johnstein on September 21st, 2012 under CIPD, Leadership Development, the winning formula Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Business growth journey update – Chess Telecom

Everyone I meet at the moment is in a great mood and keen to share good news. Is is because of the feel good factor created by the London 2012 Games and the performance of our athletes? I’m not sure. It’s great nevertheless and long may it continue. We have received feedback recently from many people requesting articles about successful clients – current and past - in the UK. We invited a few to supply an article on their progress to date and what the future will look like for them. Following on from our first blog article featuring a performance update from one of our favourite companies, [...]

Posted by johnstein on August 26th, 2012 under Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments

Business growth journey update – gap personnel

I have been asked recently by a number of business leaders about the success of companies we have worked with in the past and are currently working with at present. There is so much profile information available on the web these days - business success is an industry in its own right – why do people want more? Well one of the main reasons is that information has more meaning to us when we can identify with the leader and the company in our own backyard. Also ambitious leaders want to know - how do others manage to grow? We invited a number of our favourite companies to produce a [...]

Posted by johnstein on August 25th, 2012 under Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

London 2012 Olympic debrief and the lessons for business

What a fantastic seventeen days. Oh how I would love to be a fly on the wall and witness the discussions at the debrief meeting with Seb Coe and his team. It will probably go down as the one of the best performance review meetings ever held in the UK. Why? because it’s all good news and despite the moans and groans from the sceptics and cynics beforehand, LOCOG delivered their vision promised way back in 2005. To quote Coe in the closing ceremony ‘We did it right!’ – and didn’t we just. A record haul of medals, finishing third [...]

Posted by johnstein on August 15th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 6 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – ownership

The excitement is palpable. An event that has been years in the planning is nearly here. London 2012 starts in a matter of hours, and with that, it is time for us to consider ownership, the sixth and final stage of the winning formula journey. Ownership is the most important stage of any journey. It relates to personal accountability, and so by its nature cannot be forced on people. It is the ultimate cultural goal of all leaders. Without it, success is impossible. At London 2012, ownership will have been achieved if all participants, from committee members to Games Makers [...]

Posted by johnstein on July 27th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 5 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – protecting the Games

We are a week away from the London 2012 Olympics, and with one notable exception, things are looking good. There have been many successes so far; the infrastructure is complete, the torch journey has galvanised the nation, the athletes have arrived and settled in without a hitch. Stage five of the winning formula journey is about development – protecting the success to date and allowing it to continue despite potential growing pains or unforeseen circumstances. Within an organisation that would mean protecting the systems, processes and people that are in place. For London 2012, it means protecting the Olympic ideal, [...]

Posted by johnstein on July 20th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 4 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – making it happen

During the previous three stages of the London 2012 Olympic journey, we looked at convincing people why they should start the journey, identifying the challenges, plotting a route map to navigate the path, and using cultural architects to help keep people engaged. Now we are at the business end. It’s time for the hard work to start. We have put everything in place and now we have to perform. And that can only be done if leaders can create the right climate – a climate in which all participants are motivated and able to perform at their very best. This [...]

Posted by johnstein on July 13th, 2012 under High Performance Working, Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Stage 3 of the London 2012 Olympic journey – engaging others

All good (and sometimes bad) things come in threes. So with three weeks to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, it’s time to look at stage three of the London 2012 Olympic journey, noting three specific points. Engagement – why is it important? Stage three is all about engagement – essentially getting buy-in and commitment to the journey. This becomes increasingly important the longer the journey. While some may last months, others will be years. The London 2012 Olympic journey became high profile in 2005 with the winning of the bid, but it had started many months [...]

Posted by johnstein on July 6th, 2012 under Leadership Development, London 2012, The Business Growth Journey, the winning formula Tags: , , , , , ,  •  No Comments