5 Vital Ingredients for Good Strategy


Lots of business owners don’t have a strategy or even a plan. They tend to react more than think ahead and many are so bogged down in day to day operations that strategy is an afterthought. I do think it’s fair to say that most business owners have an idea of the direction they’re heading, […]

7 steps to a productive ‘day out’

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There are many ways that CEOs can take time out to strategically work on reviewing, improving and growing their business. You can look outward to other companies in your industry, other industries, emerging trends and new technology – all as input to your thinking about your own business You can look inward at specific areas […]

Are you emotional enough about your goals?

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Year after year many of us set goals that we fail to achieve. I believe there are a few reasons for that: We don’t believe we can really achieve them, We have no idea – really – how to make them happen, We’re not really motivated to do the work to make them happen. Goal […]

Jenny Stilwell Bookshelf -Winning

Winning (Harper Collins)

Jack Welch was named best CEO of the 20th century. I highly recommend this book for every CEO – no matter how small or large your company is.
His strategies for entering and owning markets, planning his succession, inspiring and managing, making tough decisions and generally being a very strategic CEO – lessons in there for everyone.
This is one of my highly recommended titles.

Jenny Stilwell Bookshelf - 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

The 4-Hour Work Week (Vermilion, 2007)

I know the whole world has read this book but I’ve been using virtual resources from around the world ever since I read it, easily, conveniently inexpensively, and for all sorts of different projects.
If you’re one of the few people in the world who hasn’t yet read it, get with the program and buy a copy. A book summary has also just been released.

Power Up Your Productivity Using This System

Managing your time is all about managing, and focusing on, your priorities. I personally have never found time management courses very useful, as they are a little too prescriptive. As with everything, if it isn’t easy to do, we won’t do it! The system I use for managing my priorities and getting more done is […]

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Blue Ocean Strategy (Harvard Business School Press, 2005)

I love a good strategy and I love this book! The way that “blue ocean” thinking pulls apart industries and companies to create new models that have little competition, is compelling. I highly recommend it as a as a catalyst for new  thinking about your company’s position in the market.

Self-Managing is Job One!

Self managing is Job One.  If you can’t manage yourself, don’t expect to manage a business, or other people, or clients, well. We use a really effective technique to help our clients self-manage.  “Big Rocks” is a management concept of sorts which has been used in various ways for some time.  It’s a concept which […]