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Are you a Strategic Thinker?

Are you a Strategic Thinker?

by Clive Keyte Are you a strategic thinker? Welcome to the third and final instalment of our mini-series on Strategic Thinking, so far we have looked at Innovation and the Blue Ocean Strategy. Today we're going to put strategic theories and models to one side for a...

Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy

by Clive Keyte Welcome to the second in our latest series of articles on Strategic Thinking. Last time we looked at Innovation. Today, we are going to look at the Blue Ocean Strategy and a Strategy Canvas Blue Ocean Strategy The Blue Ocean strategy describes how...

Strategic Thinking – Innovation

Strategic Thinking – Innovation

by Clive Keyte Welcome to the latest in our short series of strategic business topics. In this series, we will look at strategic thinking, and focus in turn on three key areas; the first being innovation. The value of innovation A culture of innovation is vital for...

Quality Index

Quality Index

In our current series of articles, we're looking at a few well-known KPIs and focusing on each one in turn. So far we've reviewed customer satisfaction and financial KPIs, and today we're going to look at quality - and the concept of a quality index. Why you need to...

Financial KPIs

Financial KPIs

This is the second article in our series of Key Performance Indicators that all businesses need to understand, and we'll be focusing on those all-important financial KPIs. Making it personal As we said in our first topic on customer satisfaction measures, we never...

Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction

by Clive Keyte Customer Satisfaction Customer Satisfaction - In our next series of articles, we're going to look at a selection of well known KPIs and focus on each in turn. We will examine why the KPI should be included in your set. But first, let's touch on why it...

SpaceX ā€“ Seven Steps to Success

SpaceX ā€“ Seven Steps to Success

by Clive Keyte SpaceX On May 30th, Elon Musk's company, SpaceX successfully launched two astronauts into space with a huge degree of global interest. The commercial business already has a long line of 'firsts' to its name, and its successes have inspired business...

Coronavirus: Top 10 Survival Strategies

Coronavirus: Top 10 Survival Strategies

by Clive Keyte Coronavirus Planning Coronavirus planning: With Covid-19 restrictions remaining in place, businesses will have to respond quickly to a changing landscape. Lockdown measures of various degrees look set to remain for weeks if not months - There is the...

Business and Employee Management

Business and Employee Management

by Clive Keyte As a manager of an organisation, you will naturally be focused on both business and employee management issues. From setting KPIs to holding appraisals, these twin activities will take up a sizeable chunk of your time, effort and resources. But what...

COVID-19 Working from Home

COVID-19 Working from Home

by Clive Keyte As the UK gets to grips with the reality of the COVID-19 national lockdown, it has been interesting to see the effects on daily working patterns. For example, the Intrafocus team tends to do most of its work online. Our strategy consultants are...

What is Benchmarking?

What is Benchmarking?

by Clive Keyte Benchmarking - We're on to the final instalment in our series about strategic planning tools. So far we have looked at useful models such as Porter's Five Forces, SWOT analysis and PESTLE analysis and looked at how businesses can employ them to create...

Porter’s Five Forces

Porter’s Five Forces

by Clive Keyte It's time to continue our strategic planning series, as we look at the variety of tools that are available to companies when they progress their strategy. This time, we turn our attention to Porter's Five Forces. As we said before, these tools are not a...

What is Gap Analysis?

What is Gap Analysis?

What is Gap Analysis? - In this series, we have been looking closely at strategic management and some of the tools that exist to help managers in their strategic planning and implementation. Today, we'll turn our attention to Gap analysis. As with the other tools we...

What is SWOT Analysis?

What is SWOT Analysis?

What is SWOT? - We continue our article series that looks at strategic management and some of the useful strategic tools that exist to help take their strategic processes forwards. Previously, we looked at the popular PESTLE tool. Today we will turn our attention to...

What is PESTLE?

What is PESTLE?

PESTLE - In this series of articles, we are looking closely at strategic management and some of the useful tools or frameworks that organisations use to help implement and manage their business strategies. One of the best known of these tools is PESTLE. Now, it can be...