Posts Tagged ‘The Winning Formula’

Attending a personal time management seminar is only part of the solution

Maximising use of time in the workplace is one of the biggest challenges facing leaders, managers and their teams in any growing organisation. Time is our most important asset and we all agree that we would dearly love to have more of it. Poor time management impacts on every aspect of our working lives and contributes to lower productivity, efficiency and morale. But it doesn’t need to be like this. Time management means different things to different people. To some, it refers to a range of skills, tools, approaches and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects [...]

Posted by john on July 10th, 2013 under Management Development Tips, The Growth Manager 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

How to develop a high-performing culture in a growing organisation

Think of any successful organisation and you will find that ‘high-performance working’ is central to its success. Their achievements will not have happened by accident. Throughout every layer of the organisation you will experience a different attitude and approach to work than that found in organisations which struggle to survive. High-performance working relates directly to the achievement of the organisation’s goals and objectives. There are many examples of the most talented individuals and organisations achieving results beyond their expectations because of their focus on performance. High-performance working helps to achieve competitive advantage in many business sectors. It also contributes to [...]

Posted by john on April 18th, 2013 under Culture and Values, High Performance Working, Leadership Development 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

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

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

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