Carry Out a Premortem

How to anticipate problems and failure before they occur We are all familiar with post-mortems and forensic examinations from all the TV crime series. Post-mortems are good for telling you what went wrong, why it went wrong, and the consequences of things going wrong (death in this instance) – but it doesn’t change the fact… Read More

Better Prioritization, Faster Execution

How to determine what your priorities are, and how to execute with excellence using a simple tool. Not only are our organizations undergoing an accelerating of change, but so are our customers.  In this increasingly competitive environment we have to be more relevant, and provide greater value, if we are to retain these customers.  In… Read More

Four Ways to Build & Maintain Employee Engagement

The risks and costs of allowing engaged employees to become disengaged, and how to avoid it happening. Everybody wants engaged employees who are committed, energized and enabled in doing their work.  We look at where we think different people are and pigeon-hole them as appropriate.  We forget, however, that they can move from one state… Read More

How to Optimize When Managing Costs

How to Optimize When Managing Costs By: Andrew Cooke, Blue Sky GPS How to identify which costs need to be addressed, their importance and impact, and how to develop and prioritize your cost management program for the optimal effect.   Many businesses are concerned with the changes that are occurring in their marketplaces.  Changes in… Read More

The Three Ss of Winning in Business

Why you need self-confidence, simplicity and speed in business Many businesses, as they grow, develop a bureaucracy. This makes it hard for the business to adapt to the accelerating changes we are experiencing. As Professor Gary Hamel said: “Today, the most important question for any organisation is this: are we changing as fast as the… Read More

The Unusual Leader (Who Helped His Team Raise Their Performance)

A different approach that produced results Do you struggle to motivate your team? Could your team be more productive and more effective? Do you have people who are not performing to their potential? If so, then you are not alone. Like many other leaders, great and small, you are making the same mistake: assuming that… Read More

Profit From Constraints

When having less provides you with more By: Andrew Cooke, Blue Sky GPS Operating in a tight and volatile marketplace is challenging, but it is also full of opportunity.  Companies often look at the constraints on how they have to operate and how they can accommodate this situation.  This is a reactive approach, which limits… Read More

What Do You Think?

by Andrew Cooke, Blue Sky GPS In an interview with the New York Times, Bill Marriott, chairman of the Marriott Hotel Group, shared this useful piece of advice.  He explained that as a young officer in the US Navy he was responsible for the stewards who served in the officers’ wardroom.  New to his role, and being… Read More

What is YOUR map?

Build your map and build value Have you ever been to Disneyland?  Millions of people, children and adults alike, have visited it and enjoyed its magic and experienced the wonder it has engendered. But did you know it nearly didn’t happen? When Walt Disney first tried to get financial backing for his project – the… Read More