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Creating a High Performance Culture

Creating a High Performance Culture - Peter Drucker, the legendary management guru says that 'business culture eats strategy'. By this, he means that the most successful companies are those which build positive, powerful high performance culture. But doing this -...

Realistic Business Objectives

Every company needs a clearly defined set of business objectives as part of its business strategy. These objectives should follow the SMART model - being specific in nature, measurable in output with key performance indicators, achievable with stretch and effort,...

Strategy for Beginners

Strategy for Beginners - Strategy is a process just like any other process.  Unfortunately this simple fact is often forgotten. All too often organisations think about strategy once or twice a year and forget about it until prompted by a senior manager.  Unless...

Creating Useful KPIs

  Creating Useful KPIs - Some Useful Checks Take a look at QuickScore the worldwide acclaimed KPI Manager. If you are reading this blog it is because you are interested in measuring your business' progress.  But you are probably measuring too much.  You may...

43% UK Employees Feel Undervalued

43% UK Workforce Undervalued - More than 43% of employees recently surveyed by Intrafocus in the United Kingdom feel undervalued and unrecognised at work. In a survey conducted through the mobile phone application Citizenme, 120 people were asked 5 simple questions...

The Next Big Idea

Having run 100's of strategy workshops over the years we find a set of 'core' business strategies tend to come up frequently.  For example; "Improve Customer  Satisfaction" is a core business strategy.  How do we go about improving customer satisfaction?  Strategic...

Thinking Strategically

It’s coming up to the start of new fiscal year in the United Kingdom (and many other parts of the world). It’s the time of the year when most companies start thinking strategically. Typically, medium to large sized companies will book away-days for the executive team...

4 Good Reasons to Innovate

Innovation can be the cornerstone of business. Think of the new products that have changed their manufacturer’s business model, the prime example being the iPhone. These innovations can bring about market domination. They are all not the norm though. Most businesses...

Farms not Factories

At Intrafocus we are great supporters of the environment, sustainability and welfare. We teach it in our strategy workshops. 'Environmentally Friendly' comes up as a core-value and occasionally as a strategic theme. we like to back up our teaching by supporting good...

What is RIDDOR?

What is RIDDOR? The following is a summary of The United Kingdom Statute Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations or RIDDOR. It is not a definitive guide and should not be used as such.  For full information see article references at the...

Cascading Scorecards and Automatic Value Rollup

One of the most exciting new functions added to Version 2.16 of Scoreboard and QuickScore is the ability to create a master scorecard and cascade it to multiple departments. When automatic value rollup is included this becomes immensely powerful. (see Cascading...

Four Hurdles to Strategy Execution

In their book ‘Blue Ocean Strategy’ W.Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne describe four organisational hurdles to strategy execution. Their description relates to the implementation of a Blue Ocean Strategy but in truth it applies equally to any strategy. The four organisational hurdles are: 1. Being wedded to the status quo, 2. Limited resources, 3. Unmotivated staff and 4. Opposition. No doubt we have all seen one or more of these hurdles to strategy execution.

Alternatives to ‘Best Practice’

The phrase "best practice" comes up all the time and is often used to justify a change. Occasionally, it is used to repackage old items to sell at a higher price. However, the meaning of ‘best practice’ is far too ethereal to be considered as a viable reason for...

Blue Ocean Strategy – Book Review

The Blue Ocean Strategy was published in 2005 and authored by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne – Professors at INSEAD and co-directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. So why has it taken so long to write a review for this book? It was clear from the outset that the authors were on to something special. But only time would prove whether or not they had created a new way to look at strategy or simply repackaged existing techniques and processes.

The CEO Strategy Map

How many pieces of information can you deal with at any given time?  It doesn't matter if you are Bernstein or  Einstein there is a limit to the number of things you can do simultaneously.  We all like to think that we can multi-task and get more done. The reality is,...