Category Archives: Leadership

Bored with your Board? Then fix it!

Which of the following adjectives would you use to describe Board meetings at your company? Dull? Dreary? Disappointing? Dire? Dysfunctional? Entrepreneurial? Enlightening? Enthusiastic? Exciting? Effective? My suspicion is that many owner managers, managing directors or CEOs of small and medium-sized … Continue reading

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What makes a great CEO? Ask Steve Ballmer.

The balmy days of August were livened up, corporately speaking, with Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he would step down as CEO of Microsoft sometime in 2014. The race begins to find the individual who will take on this epic leadership … Continue reading

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BusDev and the SME. Part 2. Why should I buy from you?

Developing a killer value proposition. I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m assuming you might not know how a Weibull Distribution might impact your business! Neither did I. Microsoft Research analysed 205,873 different Web pages and crunched through more … Continue reading

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BusDev and the SME. Part 1. Where are you going in 2013?

The younger of my two sons has been persuaded to participate in a charity boxing match next month. Consequently he has embraced a serious training and nutrition regime to get in shape and is already showing the benefits of multiple gym … Continue reading

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Top 10 UK Business Predictions for 2013

1. There’ll be a bit of an economic recovery. According to the European Commission the UK will be the fastest growing, major European economy in 2013 with a forecast growth rate of 0.9%, compared to a contraction of 0.3% this … Continue reading

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“Do or do not. There is no try.” What CEOs can learn from Apple’s core. Part 2.

Adam Lashinsky, in his excellent book, “Inside Apple” reveals a number of success factors that have created the “ultimate” Tech Company. Part 1 of this blog reflected on how Microsoft’s 1997 investment saved a troubled, niche computer manufacturer from oblivion and … Continue reading

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“Do or do not. There is no try”. What CEOs can learn from Apple’s core. Part 1.

In August 1997 Microsoft, the world’s leading software company at the time, lent a helping hand to a niche, west coast computer manufacturer by investing $150m in its struggling business. That same year Microsoft released Office 97, scooped up WebTV Networks … Continue reading

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