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Posts from ‘December, 2013’

The CEO Job Spec

– By Andrew B Morris Every Chief Executive or MD brings their unique talent and style to the organisation they lead. Some are creative, some financial doctors, some industry gurus, some technical geniuses, some great communicators, some just bring boundless energy and enthusiasm. Commentators have endlessly debated the critical ingredients that above and beyond our day […]

How Good Do You Need To Be To Get To Where You Need To Go?

– By  Jeremy Thorn Good businesses need great people. Yet no-one ever came close to being ‘the finished article’ without investing in professional development throughout their career.  And since most businesses are only as good as their leaders, doesn’t it make sense to start where it counts most, at the top?  After all, if you […]

Slow Down to Take Control

– By  Chris Merrington Do you sometimes feel you have less and less time to do more and more? Do you start the day with an ever-longer to-do list and wondering how you will manage it all?  Do you strive for perfection when sometimes ‘good enough’ would be sufficient? Are you drowning in a tide […]

High Performance Employees Need High Performance Management

– By Andre A. de Waal A High Performance Organisation (HPO) is one that achieves financial and non-financial results that are markedly better than those of its peer group over a sustained period of time, by focusing in a disciplined way on that what really matters to that company. A key component of attaining this […]

The Art of Performance Leadership: Tropicana Case Study

For Academy Chairman Gordon Bromley, who chairs two Academy groups in Surrey and South West London, performance improvement is a way of life. His background in leading food and beverage businesses in corporate giants like PepsiCo, Seagram Plc, United Biscuits and Tropicana have put him at the cutting edge of creating sustained excellence. In particular, […]

A Load of Hot Air

A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” The woman below replied, “You […]

Winter warnings – by Jo Haigh

Do you experience what I have called the winter slow down? I don’t mean that business as such is slower. In fact I am as busy with opportunities as ever, but as the nights draw in, less gets done in the time frame than it does in the summer months. I have always suffered from […]

Don’t give it away – by Jo Haigh

Incentivising your key staff doesn’t have to mean diluting your ownership. One of my favourite ways of engaging with your staff on a long term basis is via a phantom share scheme, or as it’s sometimes called an LTI (long term incentive). In order to produce a great and relevant scheme, you need you to […]