3 Powerful Strategies to Position for Growth

3 Powerful Strategies to Position for Growth

Over the years I have attended many courses, workshops, and talks on business strategy. Some memorable, and some not. Some engaging and useful, and others confusing and a waste of time. The best of the lot were courses by Arnoldo ...

A Powerful Tool to Focus on Stocks and Flows

A Powerful Tool to Focus on Stocks and Flows

In 1892 the wonderfully named Captain Matthew Henry Phineas Riall Sankey became lead engineer and steam engine designer for Willans and Robinson. The efficiency of steam engines was a hot topic, and he needed to understand and communicate where the ...

How to Understand Your Customers? Listen to Them!

How to Understand Your Customers? Listen to Them!

Photo by nappy from Pexels In your innovation journey, you will have to talk to your customers to find out whether your new idea works for them. After all, we know that the number one reason for innovations falling flat is that they solve ...

Gaining Mastery - See One, Do One, Teach One

Gaining Mastery – See One, Do One, Teach One

Years ago, I asked a surgeon how they learnt a new procedure; you can’t operate on a patient with a textbook propped open on a convenient part of their body. They said it was very simple; “you watch one, you do ...

Two Great Innovations - One Specific Solution and One Technology

Two Great Innovations – One Specific Solution and One Technology

There are many kinds of innovation. Some hit you with a flash of light as you realise that there is a simple, practical and clever solution to a pervasive problem. The kind of innovation that makes you slap your head ...

Precision Has Made Our World What It Is

Precision Has Made Our World What It Is

Looking back through the history of innovation, the technologies that created the biggest impact are the ones that enabled further innovation. Whether it’s the water wheel, the steam engine, the electric motor or the microchip, each triggered a wave of ...

What are the Characteristics of Innovative Companies?

What are the Characteristics of Innovative Companies?

In an earlier blog, I warned about thoughtlessly following the practices of successful companies, hoping the magic would rub off on you. Buying in to the latest management fad. What I called “cargo cult management”. But human nature is human ...

The Joy of the 2x2 Matrix

The Joy of the 2×2 Matrix

We have all heard variations of the joke “A consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you the time, and then keeps the watch”. They get a lot of flak; some of it richly deserved. Their methods and ...

Let's Make our Homes More Energy-Efficient and Desirable

Let’s Make our Homes More Energy-Efficient and Desirable

Photo by Bethany Opler on Unsplash The challenge of energy-efficient retrofit In the UK, our homes account for about 30% of total energy consumption and about 20% of total carbon emissions. To have any hope of reaching the 2050 net-zero target, we must drastically cut ...

There’s More Than One Way to Solve the Climate Crisis

There’s More Than One Way to Solve the Climate Crisis

When I first started working in industry, I was lucky to have a great manager. One aphorism he drummed into me was: “don’t let best be the enemy of better”. It is easy to keep looking for the optimum; to ...