For all of us, our thoughts are being interrupted and diverted. Our ability to focus and Think about our business and its future, is being incessantly interrupted by our electronic appendages. Consequently, we are living more in the here and now than ever before. Our Strategy suffers; our People suffer; our Profits suffer.
Different Thinking will only make a difference to a business if it results in Different Actions. Different Results for your business will only come from the execution of those Different Actions. By involving a Business Advisor from Think Differently, you will achieve Different Results by your Business Advisor holding you accountable for change in your business. And how do you ensure change in your business? By Reflecting, by Thinking Differently about that reflection, by formalising strategies and plans from that thinking, by executing those plans, by reviewing the results of those plans, and by planning again. Your Think Differently Business Advisor helps and supports you through that process.
The internet is full of consultants, coaches, advisors and mentors, all of whom constantly advertise their dubious wares to an already overwhelmed market. We understand that not everyone is genuine. We know there are some gung-ho operators out there in the field that have neither the experience nor the necessary management and leadership background reinforced with chunks of academic rigour. But how do you tell the difference?
Ram Charan is a world-renowned business consultant, author and speaker who has spent the past 40 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards. He has been a constant in the “Top-Ten Worldwide Management Thinkers” over the past 15 years. He succinctly summarises what business leaders are looking for in a Business Advisor or Coach:
“There is no question that future leaders will need constant coaching. As the business environment becomes more complex, they will increasingly turn to coaches for help in understanding how to act. The kind of coaches I am talking about will do more than influence behaviours; they will be an essential part of the leaders learning process, providing knowledge, opinions and judgement in critical areas. These coaches will be retired CEO’s or other experts from universities, think tanks and government. Clearly, this is not a description of what most coaches do today.”
At Think Differently we follow what Ram Charan preaches.
Are you happy with your revenue? Are you happy with your profits? Are your people performing to their potential every day? Are you happy with your strategy? Are you executing it relentlessly? Are you comfortable as a leader? Do you sleep well?
If your answer to all of those questions is yes, congratulations. You seem to have everything under control. If your answer to even one question is no, get in touch today and let the Think Differently team change those answers to a strong, resounding YES!
There is a view that in our rapidly changing world of today, planning of any kind is no longer of value. That we must be agile and adaptable, being able to quickly respond to the inevitable changes in our business environment. But we can forget that Agility is a Business Strategy. Adaptability is a Business Strategy. We cannot follow these necessary tactics without Thinking Differently about them; without exploring their meaning in our businesses and context; without following a process of rigour and depth that will help you adjust the very foundations of your business so you too can be Agile and Adaptable.
Unfortunately, there are still no free lunches. We still have to do the work, build the foundations. At Think Differently we will help you with the heavy lifting, support you through the challenges, and join you in the celebrations!
We are different. We believe that to Lead Effectively we must be Creative. Our guiding light is to achieve our Individual Potential, which is gained when we help others achieve theirs. We believe in the principle that everyone, everyone can Grow and Develop. Our job is to provide the Foundations for that growth, and to let it flourish. And we insist on Smelling the Flowers.
At Think Differently, we believe in the idea that no matter how good your strategy is, if you don’t execute it effectively, it will be completely and utterly worthless. Successful strategy is 5% vision and 95% hard work. Think Differently will provide the discipline and rigour that is essential for successful execution.
Contact us now for more information on ways to execute an excellent, custom-built strategy.
There is now no doubt in my mind or the minds of my team that the best way to positively affect business performance is to improve leadership effectiveness. Contact us now to begin your journey to be the most effective leader you can be.
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Outlined below are some of what any business owner should be considering when planning for the transformation of their business – this list is not extensive, but is a good start to get you thinking, so that when you come to us your thoughts are productive and clear. Therefore, some things you should keep in mind are –
We have been working with Phil since 2012. During this time we have grown from a staff of 10 to well over 30 and quadrupled our turnover. Working with Phil has enabled us to develop strategies and implement plans that we didn’t even know we needed before meeting him. At the beginning of our journey together we were not working on our business at all and, to be honest, we were floundering. Now our leadership is strong, our strategy is clear and we have exceeded most of the goals we have set for ourselves.
Phil Pickford has provided considerable support to our business since we began working together in 2008. Over the years he has counseled, advised, mentored and coached me (and my team) on a vast array of subjects! The focus of our meetings has always been on business strategy but he has provided enormous support in other areas as well (management, HR, new business, and organisational structure to name a few). Phil is always very prepared, the meetings are well structured, and his follow up is timely and concise.
We have been using Think Differently for over 2 years and have seen remarkable gains in our business, over 50% growth each year. We have consistently broken sales records and have become a leading force in our field. Phil is an outstanding mentor with an invaluable wealth of knowledge and I couldn’t recommend him enough.
Our company executive have worked with Phil Pickford at Think Differently for over 10 years. Over time Phil has gained an intricate knowledge of the workings of our company and understands our thinking and our personnel. He then uses this knowledge, together with his own experience and wisdom to challenge the executive to set our own goals and business plans. He offers sound advice, and we have used him for guidance and direction when focusing on particular issues that we may be facing.
Phil created the defining moment for me when I was attempting to change the course of our company through a more strategic approach. His knowledge and experience in helping create the right strategy for the right time changed my perception of how we needed to move forward. Phil wasn’t about providing the strategic direction; he was about creating the right environment to enable my leadership team to evolve a strategy as a result of creative thinking, challenging the norm and asking the right questions.