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Insidious Uncertainty - Leading in a Time of Crisis

Graham Birkenhead, April 21 2020

While being tossed on the stormy Mediterranean, Odysseus kept Ursa Major on his starboard side and monitored the position of the Pleiades and Orion in order to stay on course. By keeping these universal truths in mind he was able to overcome uncertainty and navigate confidently. The word ‘uncertainty’ is being used a lot lately – probably because i...

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Leadership & Management

The 5-Step Rebound Plan ©

Andrew Penny, April 14 2020

Over that last few weeks, I have been talking with dozens of people in Europe and North America. Of course, everybody’s talking about the pandemic and, as most of the people in my network are positive upbeat people they have been talking about the inevitable recovery. And as part of my network, I assume you too are thinking about the recovery.

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Leadership & Management

I See You - Leading in a time of crisis

Graham Birkenhead, April 7 2020

Learning to SeeSawubona is a Zulu greeting which means “I see you”. The idea is that you don't merely acknowledge a person by saying “hi”, but you take a moment (or 5) to look just a little bit beyond what you see on the surface, or maybe a little beyond the assumptions you are making when they reply “good” to your standard “how are you”. In some c...

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Leadership & Management

Look after You - Leading in a Time of Crisis

Graham Birkenhead, March 31 2020

My last blog was about leading your newly home-bound team.  In this blog, I am going to talk about one very important member of your team – you. As the leader, it is essential that you pay attention to yourself, and to ensure that you are in a good place to lead.   As the flight attendant says: ‘put your own oxygen mask on first before helping othe...

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Leadership & Management

Getting Back to the Future

The Kingsford Team, March 24 2020

We are temporarily suspending the Best in World series to focus on operational effectiveness and efficiency. Last week, after we got Very serious about COVID19: • Schools, shops, events closed or shut down.• Social distancing has become the new normal• Panic buying seems to be abating• Governments announced a huge financial support package for busi...

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Leadership & Management

Leading the Home Team

Graham Birkenhead, March 20 2020

COVID-19 has changed the world we once knew. But we are adapting – this is what we humans are good at and what made us the dominant species. Don’t worry, we will quickly learn how to live with this strange new world, and how to make it our new normal in order to get on with life and with business.

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Market Strategy

14 Days from Now

Andrew Penny, March 17 2020

14 days is how long people are being asked to self-isolate. It will, of course, take much longer to solve the Covid-19 pandemic but my challenge to you is "what are YOU, as a business leader, going to do about it?" As business leaders in times of turmoil we have an obligation to take decisive action. We must do this when historical data is useless...

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Market Strategy

Best in the World

Andrew Penny, March 3 2020

Subscribe to our Next Level Thinking for CEOS and Business Owners podcast.Listen to today's Best in the World podcast. Best in the World is a concept we've been working on for about 5 years. We wondered why some companies were extremely successful, expanded steadily and survived competitive approaches while others fizzled out. Many of the fizzlers...

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Money for Nothing - But Not for Free

Andrew Penny, February 18 2020

Subscribe to our Next Level Thinking for CEOS and Business Owners podcast. Click to listen to today's 'Money for Nothing – But Not for Free' Podcast. For more than 40 years I’ve paid a retainer fee to my life insurance company – and I’ve yet to make a claim! I retain an unused membership with the CAA who will rush to my rescue if my 1967 MGB expire...

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Two Big Take-Aways From 2019

Andrew Penny, December 31 2019

Over the last year we have been very fortunate and thank all of those who have trusted us to help them grow their businesses. We are working with a world leader in dam safety. They design systems that prevent millions of tons of ice and debris from shutting down power generation.

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