Brilliant ideas are what separate great CEOs from average ones. Not. Most CEOs, and most often founder CEOs, are the visionaries in their companies. And for good reason – it takes some form of vision to start a company in the first place. But most new companies go to ground within the first five years. […]
Where’s “happy” in your strategy?
If you’re running a company, and especially if you’re running a company you founded, I have one question for you. Why are you doing it? Seriously. Why do you do what you do? What are your top 1,2 or 3 reasons? If high up in your reasons you don’t have some variation of “to create […]
Switch your problem perspective to what you can learn
Mother nature ripped a hole in your strategy. Government flip flops hacked it bigger. Then the wonderful variety of individual human responses, alongside an uncertain but hoped for recovery made that hole a shape-shifter. What if we actively welcomed problems as a way to grow rather that fearing and avoiding them? What if we built […]
Guaranteed business failure
You can absolutely do things guaranteed to make your business fail. But unfortunately, there aren’t things you can do which are guaranteed to make your business succeed. It is the same asymmetry at play in Seneca’s sage quote that _”an age builds up cities: an hour destroys them. In a moment the ashes are made, […]
Where’s joy in the remote office?
Joy. You can feel the places that have it, and the ones that don’t. It’s not about en enforced fun – the organised pub quiz or bowling night. Not that there’s no place for them, but it’s at least as likely that they’ll be cringemaking as it will that they’ll be fun. In reality, it […]