A quick trawl of the internet found me these definitions of the verb "to delegate":Read More
In his E-myth books, Michael Gerber identifies three key roles in a business: the entrepreneur, who drives the vision for the business; the technician, who does the work, and the manager who acts as a bridge between them, planning and organising the work of technicians to achieve the entrepreneur’s vision.
If the vision is shared by everyone, do you then need managers?Read More
It’s often said that Culture eats Strategy for breakfast. That’s true. But what’s the strategy for maintaining Culture?Read More
Your business eats you up. It takes all your energy and focus, you worry about it even when you’re not there, so you…Read More
Last week I attended a workshop on co-operatives. I learned two things that surprised me.Read More
How far can you take the idea of a guitar, and still end up with something recognisable as a guitar?Read More
In a complex evolving system, the impulse to change often comes from outside. Something is felt at the edges and creates a kind of tension that can only be relieved by making some sort of adjustment.Read More
One of the beauties of having a score is that there are no excuses for not playing it.Read More
Today somebody asked me to elaborate on what I mean by this:
'scaling successfully is about creating an ecosystem where others can lead'
Here goes.Read More
Mozart could carry an entire opera in his head. But he didn’t expect his orchestra to read his mind. He wrote them a score.
A jazz composer like Art Blakey didn’t expect his band members to read his mind either.Read More
When you start your business, on your own, or as a small team of people who know each other well, it’s easy to remember why you’re doing the work, and who it’s for. It’s also easy to coordinate what you’re doing together so you’re efficient and profitable.
But once you get bigger than that, some sort of structure is needed, to make coordination possible at a larger scale.Read More
Take away permanent contracts, well-signposted career paths, and guaranteed salaries - what do you get?Read More
I hear a lot from fellow small business owners about millennials and their younger successors, mostly not good.Read More