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The hundred-day hero

  I’ve been thinking about smart starts this week. This is driven partly by a good friend who has begun an important, dream job but it’s also because we’ve been working with a new GM and a new CEO helping them to articulate the business opportunity at the start of their new roles, and to work out how to ensure …

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A Suit That Fits

This month’s Guest Blog is written by David Hathiramani, CEO of A Suit That Fits, the world’s first online ‘Bespoke for all’ tailoring platform. David talks about the importance of having a clear purpose and sticking to it and the danger of ‘diluting’ it. A Suit That Fits started in 2006 when I saw one of my friends wearing a …

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Consciously Competent: Why leaders need to focus on women

According to the Economist, the most powerful key forces that will shape the century ahead are the three ‘W’s: The Web… The Weather… and Women. Knowing that brands cannot underestimate the massive contribution women can make to future economic growth and leadership, we made it the subject of our latest Caffeine Business for Breakfast (designed as a short sharp shot …

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Mission: Failure

This month’s Guest Blog is written by Jim Houghton, Managing Director of Ingenious Corporate Finance, a market-leader in financial services. Setting your primary business objective as failing as gently as possible sounds insane, but I see this everywhere I look.  Who got taught at school that the best way to take a penalty was to aim for the middle of …

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May the Spirit of Christmas Stay in Business All Year Round

Every Christmas, I settle down with my family to watch Miracle on 34th Street. It’s a 1947 film in which Macy’s, New York’s biggest department store, hires Santa Claus to be their…well, in-store Santa Claus. The drama revolves around whether Macy’s Santa Claus really is who he claims to be. But the story of the film is whether Christmas really is what …

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Brain Dead Brainstorming

James Dyson is an evangelist for the creative process of change, quoting ‘People think of creativity as a mystical process. Creativity is something that has to be worked at, and it has specific characteristics. Unless we understand how it happens, we will not improve our creativity, as a society or as a world’. Creativity in corporates often defaults to ‘brainstorming’. If brainstorming sessions …

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ARE YOU BECOMING A DESK JOCKEY?

This month’s Guest Blog is written by Christopher Smith, Founder of ZipFit a personal training company which gets you fit fast. For someone like myself – an outdoors person, I am staggered by how energy zapping it is to sit behind a desk all day long staring at a computer screen. I find my eyes twitching, my brain pulsing, my mind heavy …

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LOOK ON MY WORKS, YE MIGHTY, AND DESPAIR!

History is littered with the corpses of businesses which wanted to own the future. Where once were mighty corporate HQs lie only ruins and footnotes in the history books of business. But the past can tell us a lot. Normally we ignore these lessons thinking we know better than our ancestors – we should heed the lessons not ignore them. So …