business planning

Aug 102016
 
Some thoughts on making complexity manageable

The reason that most people hire me is that I help them make complexity manageable. If one cannot make a complex situation manageable, one cannot manage it. Ton de Leeuw‘s management model shown in the picture below helps us understand why. To control a real situation, you need some kind of a (mental) model of […]

Apr 022016
 
Strategic plan - Family owned engineering company

Assisted the CEO in detailing a strategy and translating this into short- and long terms plans for (international) expansion and the associated scale-up of the organization. Facilitated periodic progress reviews and adaptation of the plan in co-operation with CEO and management.

Jan 052013
 
Capacity planning - Marine Engineering

The company was growing rapidly and questions had arisen as to whether current and anticipated projects, which typically last for one to three years, could all be staffed effectively. However, there was also concern that overshoot could lead to too high a fixed cost base. Nick worked with line and project managers to develop an […]

Mar 032012
 
Strategy Execution with the One Page Strategic Plan

The best strategy will fail unless it is coupled to effective execution. Yet driving effective execution is an issue with which the best of companies sometimes struggle. Establishing and maintaining an overview of how key goals are linked to specific projects and activities in the face of constant change requires both discipline and an effective […]

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 […]