Changing Perspective When Challenges Arise

It’s been ‘one of those weeks’ at our office this week. Nothing that isn’t just part and parcel of business but one of those weeks you have moments of ‘why are we doing this again?’. We tell our clients often that they know these moments will come, you will find the ways through and conquer on the other side so we are here telling you that we have those moments too.

Don’t be the smartest person in the room

As the saying goes ‘If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room”.  So with this in mind we’ve been out-n-about the last month at various business events, learning from others.    

So what have we gleaned from others this past month?

Discover Your Business WHY

Do you know your why? It’s so important to really understand this as it will be the key to how you connect with your clients, staff and suppliers. To have their answer when people ask why they like your product or service be ‘because it feels right’.

The ‘WHY’ of Lemonade Beach

We were recently at a networking and business start up event and one of the most resounding pieces of advice from the 3 very successful, local business owners being interviewed was to know your WHY, understand it and your passion and dreams.  So it got me thinking about our WHY. We have discussed it a lot, we discuss it weekly really but have we really shared it with others?

Creating a Culture for Innovation

We explored the Innovation Engine – devised by Seelig in 2012 book of the same name.  In the model Attitude, Knowledge and Imagination are contained in the middle and overlap as they represent the individual’s mind.  Whereas external factors such as Culture, Habitat and Resources influence the inner factors and in many ways guide and shape the mind of the individual.

Monkey Business: Organisational Culture Lessons

Continuing with our theme of Organisational Culture I thought it a relevant to introduce some of the psychological experiments undertaken that clarify how individual behaviour can be influenced.

What Comes First Culture or Outcomes? Part 3

The CEO’s have held a view that cultural change is what you get once you have put in place processes and structures that support your business decisions.  That is, they believe that culture evolves as the work is done; culture itself is an outcome.

What Comes First Culture or Outcomes? Part 1

If we consider that organisations are comprised of individuals who work together in ways that promote and achieve the desired outcome of the leaders, then it is these interactions that create culture within the organisation.

Do you need an Insider or an Outsider?

When it comes to succession planning we often look outside the business for the next CEO rather than internally.  In a recent HBR article Joseph Bower explores the trends in S&P 500 companies, finding that 80% promoted insiders in the past 12 months.  So, which strategy is more successful and why?

Be Talked About for all the Right Reasons

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