2015

Light my fire!

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How is it in your company? Do you have a burning platform or a burning ambition? As a leader you may be thinking: I don’t care what’s burning as long as we get results. And there is no doubt that you can create results on a burning platform. In the short term! But, it does not create an attractive company in the long run. If you are a leader – and not just a manager – then you also care about how to attract customers, partners, employees, and investors down the stretch.

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Are you guided by principle or coincidence?

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The world is constantly and rapidly getting more and more complicated and the increasing complexity creates a growing need for individual rules of life for people as well as for companies. A need for what we call guiding principles.

Instinctively, you may now be thinking of principles as old fashioned and a straitjacket that leaves no room for development and flexibility. If this is the case, let me try to change your mind. I remain convinced, you see, that principles that are both genuine and are observed every day are a decisive force for the strength and vitality of companies and brands. Bang!

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Growth follows the knife when the roots are strong

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Sometimes, something must die for something else to live. Or as gardeners say in a less morbid way: Growth follows the knife.

As plants so companies. In a world in upheaval and a society constantly changing the expression Business as Usual has turned into a cliché – just as worn out as a withered perennial in your front garden. Nothing is as it was. Not for companies either.

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