Future trends – technology perspectives from Ian Pearson of Futurizon

Posted on: October 6, 2013

At the recent Professional Marketing Forum conference,   Ian Pearson (BT’s lead futurologist for 16 years) provided some provocative food for thought to add into our environmental (SLEPT or PEST) analyses and scenario planning with his views on the future trends in technology. He drew a broad landscape by charting how we have moved from the […]

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Strategy basics – Mintzberg

Posted on: April 5, 2013

I’ve written a fair amount about strategy (see the links below) but I thought it might be worth going back to some basics. So here’s some strategy basics –Mintzberg (who I often talk about in training sessions in the context of emergent strategy). In 1987, he  provided five Ps for approaches to strategy: Plan  This […]

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Seven deadly sins of business plans – and how to fix them

Posted on: January 9, 2013

As a consultant, I spend a fair amount of time reading business plans – sometimes to familiarise myself with the firm I am working with and often to help them deal with a tricky strategic problem. I see many excellent plans – but also a number of shockers. So as we hit January – a […]

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Strategy and scenario planning: Blowing the cobwebs off your mind workshop (with Allen & Overy)

Posted on: September 9, 2012

I was delighted to be asked to join a group of leading consultants and academics by Laurie Young, Dr Wendy Schultz and Gill Ringland of SAMI Consulting last week to explore techniques for scenario planning both to help develop more robust strategies and to increase engagement in the strategic process. It was a re-run of […]

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Economy and technology headlines update

Posted on: January 7, 2012

A round up of some of the recent data for your PEST and scenario analyses: Economy and recession Two reports warned that the economy would not return to pre-recession levels for several years and the world would take the same time to see a job market recovery. IPPR says it will be two years before […]

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