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Strategic Context

Strategic Context

By John Barrington

We once attended a symphony in which the orchestra wasn’t the main act. The star of the show was Tim Minchin. Mid-way through the performance Tim mentioned that he had written a new song that, regrettably, he’d not had a lot of time to rehearse, but one that he wanted to perform anyway. The song was called Cont and as he began several audience members sitting nearby were visibly concerned as the lyrics unfolded. In typical Minchin style this was hard-hitting commentary, but this time it was over the top.

Managing & Directing for Growth

Managing & Directing for Growth

By John Barrington

The 3 Horizons[1] method of defining strategies by timeframe has gained wide acceptance since first introduced in 1999. It is a simple but effective way to ensure your strategic thinking and execution is focused on what strategies will yield the greatest return in the short-, medium- and long-terms.

 

Silver Bullets

Silver Bullets

By John Barrington

Best-selling author Jodi Picoult once said there are no silver bullets in life, there's just the long, messy climb out of the pit you've dug yourself.

Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap

By John Barrington

Those who have travelled on the London Underground will recall being implored to “Mind the gap”. This simple and effective 3-word phrase has been playing for almost half a century at stations where there are curved platforms. When a train, being straight, stops at such a platform an unsafe gap is created.

Inside the Tent

Inside the Tent

By John Barrington

A respected colleague was recently appointed CEO of a significant organisation and had been invited onto the board. While delighted with the CEO role she was apprehensive about the directorship. With the humbleness that holds many a talented person back, she was questioning if she could really add value to what is a high profile board.

Specificity

Specificity

By John Barrington

If you are intending to enter a marathon, it is important to do a lot of distance running. There is no point doing sprint training or even cycling, even though both of these activities engage the legs. In sports science it is called Specificity. This holds true for strategy development as well.

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