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

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

Putting Active Questions to the Test

A study carried out by Marshall Goldsmith and Kelly Goldsmith look at testing the effectiveness of active questions with employees who underwent training. In short, a passive question begets a passive answer. For example, an answer to “Do you have clear goals?” might be “My manager can’t make his mind up as to what my… Read More

The One Page Influence Worksheet

This worksheet is about helping you structure an approach and gameplan when you are linking to influence outcomes within an organization. Influence is the ability to sway opinion and the commensurate behavior towards the results you want.  You are looking to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, of… Read More

It’s What Is, Not What Might Be, That Matters!

How to build your ability to be objective. A common mistake made by managers is to equate what they think with what they know. But there is a world of difference, let me explain. At the core of this is being able to differentiate between the objective and the subjective perspective of the matter to… Read More

Why Meaning in What You Do Is Important

How meaning and progress drives engagement, the bottom-line and results. Meaning is something you create, not something that is. Meaning is a powerful tool as it can help you from dwelling on factors and conditions that are beyond your control; and you can create a little meaning for yourself, and others, every day. This helps… Read More

Stop-Start-Continue for Individual and Team Growth

Stop-Start-Continue – 3 Steps for Individual & Team Growth by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions 3 Steps to Develop You and Your Team – Raise Performance, Achieve Outcomes. How often do you take the time to stop, look at what you are doing and carry out a “self-audit”?  To reach our potential, or to… Read More

The Art of Setting KPIs

The Art of Setting KPIs How to create KPIs that drive engagement and performance by Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”.  Although this is true many companies don’t know what to measure or, if they do, they don’t know how to establish KPIs. Why is this… Read More