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Feb 212012
 
Introduction to the Business Model Canvas

Entrepreneurs starting a new venture need to answer a basic question: what is your business model, how will you earn money? Answering this question requires a framework for describing a business. A good recent definition of a business model is a description of “how an organization creates, delivers and captures value” (Osterwalder & Pigneur). An […]

Dec 012011
 

This anaesthetic supplies business was insufficiently profitable. A key cause was that large sums had been spent on the development of ‘high value’ products that were not performing in the market. Nick redesigned the product portfolio with as key element a lower price point for one of the non-performing high value products. The benefits obtained […]

Sep 012011
 
Lumesse - Jump-start of Sales Operations

Lumesse (then StepStone Solutions), a leading European provider of talent solutions, was acquired by HgCapital in 2010. The new owners required strong growth from Lumesse, both through organic growth and through acquisitions. Rapid growth in turn required professionalisation and standardisation of the sales process and sales management, and the effective integration of current and previous acquisitions. […]

Jun 302009
 

A healthcare equipment manufacturer had adopted a new positioning focused on supporting people involved in delivering healthcare, moving away from its previous feature and technology orientation. Nick coached and supported a (largely virtual) international project team through the development of a business plan and investment proposal for the global introduction of an education business ($100M […]

Apr 012007
 
HR Shared Services Improvement - Major Oil Company

Nick led a series of projects as part of a global program to improve the performance of HR Shared Services within a major oil company (100,000 employees), including standardization, process re-engineering, deployment of SAP HR, new customer intake and ultimately offshoring to 3 global hubs.

Apr 122005
 
Restructuring of public-private partnership (certifying body)

Conducted a strategic review and subsequently assisted the CEO in splitting the activities of a public-private partnership into two parts: a non-profit foundation aimed at creation and maintenance of standards, and a commercial operation competing with other market parties for certification business. Reviewed a certification scheme whose management was due to be taken over by […]

Feb 222005
 
ABB Distribution Transformers - Strategic Transformation

ABB’s Distribution Transformers business ($1bn turnover) was world market leader, but losing ground and insufficiently profitable. Nick led a team that identified fragmentation of marketing and production (33 factories in 27 countries) as the key barrier to improvement. ABB had not kept pace with the consolidation in its customer markets caused by deregulation. The team […]

Apr 122002
 
Service-oriented turnaround strategy drives acquired business to market leading performance

Led a project to develop a turnaround strategy for a recently acquired ailing business unit of a fast-growing manufacturer. The key element of the new strategy was providing better service than the competition. Companion initiatives included cost and asset reductions, new positioning and a new performance-based pay structure. The project was immensely successful; profitability exceeded […]