How we learn

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The Business Excellence Model

Business Excellence Model © European Foundation for Quality ManagementThe business excellence modelMany years ago, I studied for an MBA with an excellent bloke called Prof.

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Above or below the line

Above below the line

I think (but you may have a different opinion!) that “above and below” the line is a really cool concept for both managing yourself and managing others.

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The Eisenhower Important / Urgent Framework

The Urgent-Important Matrix, is a great quick and dirty tool… my weekly (handwritten) “to do” sheet is organised using these ideas, as, apparently, there is something about handwriting something that...

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SWOT Analysis

The identification of SWOTs is critical...

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Porter Analysis

The Porter Model assesses competitive advantage

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PESTEL Analysis

PESTEL Analysis

PESTEL analysis is probably one of the most well-known top-level battle-hardened business planning tools where PESTEL is an acronym for Political, Economic, Socio-cultural, Technological, Environmental and Legislative.

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The Change and Continuity Conundrum

The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) recently surveyed over 650 organisations worldwide and found that, whilst 75% had implemented major strategic change programmes, 84% of these projects had been implemented without considering business continuity.

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Good Governance - Auditors, Your (Unlikely) Partners In Progress

If you can cast your mind back far enough, the list is as long as it is depressing – the list, that is, of organisations that have failed despite their efforts to maintain vigilance against the risks associated with running a business. The list includes the recent spectacular failures of the banks, AIG, Enron, Tyco, Polly Peck, and BCCI; there are many others besides.

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We Need A Change In Management Thinking

One of our Associates, Stuart Swalwell, recently spent some time in Los Angeles with Bill Bellows, Associate Fellow at Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne and Leader of Enterprise Thinking, and is now drafting a paper outlining the differences between the Statius product, Optimisation 3D™, and Six Sigma. In a sentence, Six Sigma is a set of tools and techniques that concentrate on meeting specifications whilst Optimisation 3D™ focuses on the continuous improvement of the organisation as a whole so that customers remain delighted by the products or services they receive. It is hoped the final paper will be published towards the end of the year.

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Mindset management

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Changing thinking

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