Category Archives: Planning

Explore the best way to grow your business with Ansoff’s Matrix

Ansoff’s Matrix was first published in the Harvard Business Review in 1957.  Since its publication, it has given generations of marketers and business strategists a quick and simple way of thinking about growth. In essence, this is the grid.

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Four strategies for cutting your to-do list in half (article by Michael Hyatt)

Michael Hyatt’s revelations below about time management are very easy to appreciate, and the ‘Two Minute Rule’ from David Allen is a real gem – and so simple I kick myself for not doing this sooner. But I suppose when … Continue reading

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What makes you ‘Different’ or just ‘different’?

What makes you different? Better yet, what makes you Different? Have you really sat down and thought about what makes your product or service Different? Now, I don’t just mean what you THINK makes you ‘different’, but what REALLY makes … Continue reading

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No two services are exactly the same

They can’t be, they are delivered at different times by different people, circumstances alone dictate that they must differ. When you ask a director/partner of a service company, “What makes your service different?” you often get an unclear response. “Honestly, … Continue reading

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If you can’t change it, then use it to your advantage

We hear people say all the time, ‘we’re going to position our business as the market leader.’ We say to them, ‘good luck trying.’ You might think that’s a bit dismissive or unfair on our part. It’s not as simple … Continue reading

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Grab those opportunities

Somebody once told me to imagine my path towards a goal as a straight line with A as the start point and B as the finishing point. He told me to imagine myself walking along this path with random objects … Continue reading

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What do you actually DO?

Forget what business you are in – what do you actually do? When somebody asks you this question, most people respond like this: “What is it you do?” “We’re accountants.” “OK, so what do you DO?”

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Are you stereotyped?

I mean in the eyes of your prospects? When I think about the following jobs, I automatically associate characteristics with people who work in those roles – righly or wrongly: Double Glazing Salesman – aggressive, hard sell, ruthless

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Get to know your competitors

Many companies don’t gather competitor intelligence because they fail to recognise the value of doing so.  If you decide that you are going to monitor competitive activity then you must put a plan in place to make sure you have … Continue reading

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Throw out the rule book!

Who decided the way your industry should work? Give yourself permission to think in a different way. There are no rules so throw out the book and start to achieve more – generate new ideas and subsequently leads by allowing … Continue reading

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