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Finding Value Beyond the Disruption of COVID-19

Finding Value Beyond the Disruption of COVID-19

Economic slowdown and widespread uncertainty will test every business after this first wave of COVID. Only through imagination and persistence will senior teams limit financial risks and answer the emerging demands of employees, customers, and society.

Hope Is Not a Plan

Hope Is Not a Plan

Disruption in the economy and society caused by COVID-19 will force companies to rethink their business models, corporate strategies, and day-to-day operations. Teams can navigate this punishing ground by making plans for wildly untameable outcomes.

New Technology, Old Thinking

New Technology, Old Thinking

A sustainable future requires a fresh approach to business, and soon. But new infrastructure and systems alone do not make for a sustainable company. Alongside physical assets sits culture. Change fails when leaders do not account for the hidden influences in how people work.

The Promise of Green Money

The Promise of Green Money

Can we – and, if so, how might we – advance economic prosperity whilst making responsible use of Earth’s resources? A single person cannot grasp all the – ecological, societal, individual, financial and scientific – variables in play, but seven imperatives will help open a way forward.

Mopping Floors, or Sending a Man to the Moon?

Mopping Floors, or Sending a Man to the Moon?

Your organisation’s ambition to change the world can inspire great accomplishments – but only if people see how their own role fits into the wider purpose. Are your people mopping floors or, as NASA’s janitor believed, sending a man to the moon?

Why Management Exists

Why Management Exists

Get everyone on track to a single destination – and work becomes easier, customers get a better deal and shareholders enjoy higher returns. Management exists to agree, set out and champion business purpose.

Our Obsession with the Lycra-Clad Thighs of Leadership

Our Obsession with the Lycra-Clad Thighs of Leadership

Leadership does not design new railway carriages, manufacture chocolate biscuits, or answer customers’ phone calls. A successful company sees how leadership steers its organisation. But it also rewards other work, often less valued, that is the real energy behind strong business outcomes.

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Our thinking is informed by experience in strategy, culture, and leadership within complex multinationals. We help a business master disruption and create lasting value.