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What is the Gig Economy?

The gig economy is growing fast, with millions of flexible workers across the world taking on regular 'gigs' and businesses keen to get on board with a modern and cost-effective way of accessing flexible talent.  What exactly is the gig economy? The gig economy...

Strategy Vs Tactics

Strategy Vs Tactics - When we think of business strategy, we automatically think of tactics too. Both are complementary, essential and intertwined. In fact, one cannot succeed with the other.  Both terms originated from the ancient Greeks and have been most...

Data-Driven Strategy

Data-Driven Strategy - Our team of strategic consultants have seen first hand just how passionate company leaders are about strategy. Boards and senior managers will regularly come together to share great ideas for the future. Their passion, intention and commitment...

The Case for OKRs

If you're a business leader, you may well be familiar with Objectives and Key Results, or OKRs. If not, check out our guide here: What is an OKR? So what is the case for OKRs? As a brief recap, They are a surprisingly simple management tool that takes strategic goals...

Better Measurement equals Better Management

Better measurement equals better management We've talked recently in some depth about Key Performance Indicators and the need to select the right number of meaningful KPIs which truly matter to the organisation's strategic priorities.  For managers, diving down into...

Purpose vs Mission

Purpose vs Mission - Only a few years ago, organisations were tying themselves in knots to create the perfect mission statement. This big-ticket item was emblazoned across corporate literature and meant to drive business direction. However, more recent changes in the...

Sharing Your Strategy

Sharing your strategy - Once your business has created its strategy, the next challenge is to successfully communicate it throughout the organisation. To share or not to share? Business leaders invariably want to know how much of the company strategy they should share...

Seven Step Strategy

Seven Step Strategy Here at Intrafocus, our team of business strategy experts work with organisations of all kinds and across all industries to support their strategic planning process. Often, this process begins with the strategic workshop and then follows a...

Too much time chasing updates?

Chasing Updates Spare a thought for the poor individual charged with creating reports for monthly management meetings! When old-fashioned processes are still being used, huge amounts of time, resource and energy are wasted on: Chasing people for updatesChasing those...

Communicate your Strategy

In our recent blogs, we've looked in some detail at how organisations can create a successful strategy. We've covered key topics such as the definition of purpose, vision and values, the importance of a strategic management framework such as the balanced scorecard and...

Vision? Mission? Purpose?

Even the most experienced business people feel a little hazy when faced with strategic concepts such as mission, vision, purpose and values. And when we're working at speed and keen to 'get on' and deliver, the time spent first clarifying what we're all talking about...

Using KPIs to manage your business

Using KPIs to manage your business It's all too easy to get lost in the complexities of strategic planning and the detail that comes with it. From debating reporting scorecards to considering data sets for measurement, the risk is always losing sight of the bigger...

What about Artificial Intelligence?

What about Artificial Intelligence? While most of us puzzle over our smartphone's latest features, the tech industry is forging ahead with huge leaps in artificial intelligence. No longer a sci-fi dream for the future. Estimates suggest that by 2030 Artificial...

Predictions for 2019

What can we expect in 2019? The new year has arrived and it's the time for business leaders everywhere to feel refreshed, revived and reinvigorated for the year ahead (unless attempting to decipher the latest implications of Brexit!) It's also a natural point to make...

What is a Gap Analysis?

What is a Gap Analysis? In our bid to develop a sound business strategy, we must carry out robust strategic analysis, assessment and research. This can sound daunting initially! Happily, however, there are valuable tools that exist to support each stage. Today we'll...