Posts Tagged ‘business strategy’

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

The difference between a goal and an objective

Goals and objectives are very much part of the language of work. They are critical to organisational success. Without them your company would lack direction and focus. This would impact on the performance of everyone connected with the business. They form part of the appraisal and performance-review process in most organisations. Goals and objectives are important to employees. Their training, development, support and future career prospects can be dependent on them. Goals and objectives impact on morale and overall job satisfaction. In the workplace, it is easy to confuse the words ‘goals’ with ‘objectives’. There is a difference and recognising [...]

Posted by john on March 28th, 2013 under High Performance Working, Management Development Tips, The Growth Manager 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

Six popular guiding principles for large group organisations

Culture and values are the two most common terms used by fast growing organisations to describe the behaviours required by employees to perform on the business growth journey. Many other organisations prefer to use the term ‘guiding principles’. There is a difference. Culture is often described ‘as the way we do things around here’ – simply put it refers to a broad range of behaviours expected of each individual in the business e.g. treating colleagues and others with respect at all times. Values describe the ‘personality of an organisation’ and usually can be summarised by two or three words e.g. [...]

Posted by john on March 2nd, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Culture development and the role of the leader

Leading, managing, developing and sustaining the culture of any organisation is one of the biggest challenges facing leaders on the business growth journey. Growing companies recruit additional personnel and with each new appointment the cultural dynamic can easily change. Culture is the responsibility of everyone in any growing organisation but leaders play a vitally important role in its development. Confusion often exists regarding its meaning ’The way we do things around here‘ is the commonsense definition of culture. It refers to the shared assumptions, beliefs, values and norms of an organisation. Culture is a body of knowledge acquired over time [...]

Posted by john on February 25th, 2013 under Culture and Values, Leadership Development 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

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

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

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