Pause For Thought

This Blog is written with a clear intent in mind. It is written to cajole, nudge, prompt and make you, the Director and Senior Manager, stop and think about what is happening within your organisation.

If you survived last year you did well or perhaps as a colleague described it you were “a zombie company” existing to get from one day to the next without challenging the status quo and doing credit to the many skills and experience that got you to where you are today.

I don’t want to patronise, but last year, I saw time and time, again figures and information being presented that oscillated between doom and gloom and high aspiration, each trying to make sense of the dynamics of the economic position and I wonder did you question and give thought to the next three years and if so where did those thoughts feature in your business plan?

I also wrote last year that the business models that we have grown with are being firmly overturned and that if you don’t stop and at least consider the fundamental added value drivers of your business then change will be forced upon you, perhaps for the worse.

By way of levity I’m giving you this excellent video from a software house called Kimble. There are some very good, thought-provoking statements being made.

I hope you enjoy and as ever, if you’d like to discuss any of the topics raised then please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone.

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About Michael Carr

Specialising in Strategy, Systems and Organisational Design I've had a varied and rewarding career and been fortunate to work for some superb companies such as Courtaulds, Unipart International, Akzo Nobel and more recently Jaguar Landrover, all luminaries of a solid, disciplined and a conservative, though never lacking in innovation, approach to business management and development. Augmenting my career with studying for my MBA at Warwick in the early 90's has given me a balanced and I believe rich resource set to draw upon in my Consultancy Practice. My Clients have been good to me, tolerating my idiosyncrasies, giving me enough rope to go along the journey that I was taking them and hopefully in return I've been able to repay them by raising the bar and their business performance, giving them the results and achievements they were looking for. I really enjoy my work and love the challenge - isn't that what it's all about?
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