What is strategic planning?

To improve performance in any endeavour…like growing a business, strengthening a team or even getting fitter…step #1 is to engage in high-powered strategic thinking and planning.  Why? Strategic thinking and planning is the starting point for success in all areas of your life. And here’s something else that’s really important. Get better at strategic planning and your performance will improve…

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How to measure the level of trust in your relationships

There is a little known secret that has a huge bearing on how successful we become.  And the secret is this… Strong, trusting relationships are the glue that puts us on the success path and helps to keep us there. Yes indeed.  In a world dominated by technology, systems and high tech/low touch social media, having strong relationships is more…

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The growth strategies model – the pathway to growth and work-life balance

If you’re serious about both growing a business….and maintaining work-life balance, then I have something important to share with you.  It is a growth model built upon my philosophy that a business has three fundamental purposes: To create and grow profitable customers To help its owners develop and maintain work-life control and balance To build assets Yes, indeed.  In my…

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The most important skills you need to succeed in work and life

Last week I interviewed a candidate for a job vacancy a client of mine has available. Now recruiting is not a significant part of what I do.  But, firms use me because of a unique skills-search and talent discovery philosophy and process I use. My process is somewhat different to that used by others such as recruiters and HR consultants….

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How to stop making dumb, expensive decisions

Recently I spoke to a group of high school business students about dumb business decision-making. And as part of my presentation I listed some major decisions that ended up costing their business owners and shareholders dearly.  The list included: New Coke – Coca Cola’s disastrous attempt to replace its original soft drink recipe with a sweeter one. Ford Edsel –…

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