What is true resilience? Unpacking resilience and debunking wrong notions

By 2016 TEC Speaker of the Year, Ashton Bishop, CEO at Step Change

It’s 5:30 p.m., and you’re just about to leave the office — but are you actually leaving?

Let’s unpack this.

Work is technically over, but has your mind stopped thinking about it? Are you still coming up with solutions to your work problems as you’re commuting home?

This kind of ‘grit’ is what a lot of people equate to ‘resilience’. But is this what resilience is? Is this what we should all strive for? Continue reading

Looking into the Future: Blockchain Technology

By TEC Speaker, Adam Long, Step Change

Blockchain is perhaps the most radical innovation of the last few years – and perhaps one you haven’t yet heard of. With banks believing blockchain technology is the future of fintech, and diamond miners believing it will end trade conflicts, blockchain is shaking up almost every industry it touches. Continue reading

It’s Not Personal – it’s just (Family) Business

By Jon Lindsay, TEC Chair Consistently voted as one of the greatest movies of all time, The Godfather is a goldmine of business and leadership lessons. The movie highlights many of the biggest issues facing any family business, in particular the tension between “business” and “family” and even more acutely between the founder and the next generations.[…] more

What you need to know about disruption

By 2015 TEC Speaker of the Year, Ashton Bishop, Head of Strategy at Step Change

Why are there no more Blockbuster chains? No more Borders book stores? Why did Kodak declare bankruptcy in 2012? When disruption hit, innovation took too long. We call this Innovation Lag. Continue reading

Where to Play and How to Win?

By Ian Neal, TEC Chair In my last blog post I talked about the ‘Playing to Win’ framework as an aid to culture. Today I’m focusing on how to decide on two of the big questions in that five stage process ‘Where to Play’ and ‘How to Win’. […] more

You can’t be a great leader without being a great listener

By Trent Bartlett, TEC Chair A wise person once said, “speak in such a way that others love to listen to you, listen in such a way that others love to speak to you”. It’s a lesson that is particularly valuable for the current generation of leaders, especially as there are more distractions than ever that get in the way of listening correctly. Arguably, leadership finds its source in understanding people – which suggests that understanding people precedes leading them, and people who push an agenda without understanding the wider context of the conversation risk missing the point. […] more

Is it time to quit your day job and become an interim manager?

By Richard Appleby, TEC Chair We all know how the traditional career path played out. People took time getting an education to boost their employment prospects and then spent years – if not decades – building their career through jobs in their chosen industry. The idea was to build up a sustainable pension and retire comfortably, not long after their 65th birthday. […] more

How Well Are You Responding To Change?

By Graham Jenkins, TEC Chair The current business landscape is inundated with examples of established organisations feeling the intense pressures of disruptive new players in their respective markets. We nearly lost Kodak, for example, Aldi is growing fast and Uber is causing all manner of disturbance in the taxi sector. […] more

How to beat the odds and succeed with your plan…What’s Expected Gets Inspected

By Phil Kerrigan, TEC Chair The cost to businesses for such a high failure rate is enormous and at times fatal. I believe ‘leadership’ is a problem. In Peter Drucker’s seminal work Management, he said that management consisted of 4 elements – Planning, Organising, Control and Leadership. ‘Leadership’ is not an end unto itself. […] more

Culture Vs Strategy? Why not Culture+ Strategy?

By Ian Neal, TEC Chair Every business leader wants to lead a winning organisation, so how come so many fail? A great line is “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. The point being that a poor culture will kill stone dead the very best strategy. A Bain and Company survey has shown that 68% of leaders believe their culture is a source of competitive advantage, 81% believe that an organization that lacks a high performance culture is doomed to mediocrity – yet fewer than 10% actually succeed in building a winning culture. […] more

Are you Inside-Out or Outside-In?

By Jon Lindsay, TEC Chair – Do you frequently struggle to step back from operations to see the big picture? You aren’t alone. Even for those who have managed to allow themselves some time to be “On the Business” it’s almost certainly not enough. It’s only the first step in ensuring business sustainability. So what is really stopping you? […] more

How to establish business and individual KPIs to monitor performance

By Andrew Dick, TEC Chair Creating meaningful and achievable KPIs is particularly challenging for smaller organisations. In these cases, owners are busy working in the business, and don’t have to time to manage unnecessarily complex KPIs..[…] more