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Successful Mergers:  3 Focus Areas for Leaders Who Succeed

Successful Mergers: 3 Focus Areas for Leaders Who Succeed

Successful Mergers:  3 Focus Areas For Leaders Who Succeed Leading mergers can be rewarding and challenging with lots of moving parts to coordinate, manage and leverage.  Much has been researched about the relative success of most mergers, and their more competitive cousin, acquisitions. In the private sector mergers involve joining two or more organisations to […]

Presentation Tears – 6 BIG presentation mistakes

Presentation Tears – 6 BIG presentation mistakes

Ever had presentation tears? Tears you shed for that awful presentation that didn’t really hit the mark.  In fact, you bombed. The one when the audience went really quiet after you spoke then everyone avoided any eye contact with you. The one when you felt so embarrassed and wondered what on earth went wrong. You planned, you rehearsed your presentation and you […]

The 4 Keys to Building Resilience:  Key #2 – Get moving and set some goals

The 4 Keys to Building Resilience: Key #2 – Get moving and set some goals

In my introduction to “The 4 Keys to building Resilience”, I mentioned that the keys were as follows: Key #1: Thinking – It’s all about mindset Key #2: Doing – Get moving and set some goals Key #3: Connecting – We can’t do it alone Key #4: Renewing – Look after yourself So, let’s take […]

Using Design Thinking to Increase Sales

Using Design Thinking to Increase Sales

Design Thinking (DT) is the latest management buzzword, a thinking framework that supposed to “cure all”.  In practice, DT is a tool to be used only when it is appropriate.  In this article I will explain the signs when DT can help you increasing sales and growing your customer base. Since the Design Thinking (DT) […]

You Fall to the Level of Your Training

You Fall to the Level of Your Training

This article started with a podcast I recorded the other day.. Then my thinking went deeper.. Just imagine for a moment.. You and your partner have had a lovely meal down town.. You’re walking back to your car.. You’re walking towards the pay station in the car park.. No one else is around.. You already […]

The Real Role of Managers

The Real Role of Managers

As well as being a Lean Specialist I also run Japan Lean Experience industry benchmarking tours with Makoto, which have been running for more than a decade with over 200 tours. They are widely regarded as the number one Lean benchmarking tours in Japan. I’ve recently returned from a tour with a mix of diverse […]

Why speaking should form part of your business development strategy

Why speaking should form part of your business development strategy

In a previous life, I was working in the commercial fit-out industry which I felt was an aggressive, saturated game. When you throw in a depressed property market, it’s a challenging industry to navigate and find a competitive edge. Skip forward to today and as a successful keynote speaker and public speaking specialist, I’ve had […]

Who is in control of your life?

Who is in control of your life?

Managing priorities and establishing your personal vision  – How are you going? Have you ever done a self-audit on yourself and your life?  When was the last time you sat down and took the time to really think about yourself, you, yes YOU – who you are, and where do you want to be? What […]

Why teams must bond before they can build

Why teams must bond before they can build

Team building can bring out the best or the worst in a team. Have you ever sat back and looked around the office, board room, a hired venue, sports field or decorated-to-theme conference hall and wondered how some people can respond with such enthusiasm to a team-building day or event, while others act as though […]

What is the cost to your business when you ignore conflict?

What is the cost to your business when you ignore conflict?

What is the cost to your business when you ignore conflict? Conflict gets a bad rap and most people relate to it as something negative. The reality is that conflict is part of our daily life. It is inevitable and it can have a positive impact on the workplace but only if it is managed […]

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