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How Using Metronome Growth Systems (MGS) Will Power Your Business Growth

Tick… tick… tick… the sound of a metronome is very familiar to musicians.  They use them to improve their timing, especially the ability to stick to a regular tempo.  And it’s this emphasis on rhythm and repetition that inspired the name of our preferred scaling up software – Metronome Growth Systems (MGS).

Rhythm is central to growing your business.  Don’t underestimate its importance.  By creating regular rhythms, you’ll make a massive difference to the day-to-day functioning of your business. Introduce them early on and they’ll maintain momentum as you start to grow.  They’ll also optimise business efficiency, working like compound interest for your company and ensuring an unparalleled growth trajectory.

But ensuring new rhythms are properly embedded takes sustained effort and consistent application.  They won’t happen overnight. That’s why we recommend MGS to all our clients.  It supports and mirrors the whole process of scaling up. Over the years, we’ve seen its value to our clients increase and we now include it automatically as part of our onboarding process.

The Art of Making Things Happen with Steve Sims

Do you know anyone that’s worked with Sir Elton John and Elon Musk, sent people down to see the wreck of the Titanic on the sea bed, closed museums in Florence for a private dinner party and then had Andrea Bocelli serenade guests while they ate their pasta?

Meet Steve Sims, a biker with face piercings, a goatee and a bald head. He’s heavy set, into heavy metal, yet Forbes and Entrepreneur magazine have described him as “The Real Life Wizard of Oz” for the amazing feats he’s pulled off for his billionaire clients.  

While he may have put a pin in his party planning days, he’s certainly not forgotten them. In fact, as a best-selling author, sought-after coach and a speaker, he now dedicates his time to coaching entrepreneurs to break through their glass ceiling and reach heights they didn’t know were possible, all by teaching them how to ask questions, have a conversation, and deliver results. 

This is an incredibly entertaining, lively and engaging conversation, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.

RetailCraft – digital retail, ecommerce and brands – Retail Podcast

Multichannel retail, ecommerce and digital business – interviews, analysis and discussion with Ian Jindal and InternetRetailing.

The evidence is in: working from home is a failed experiment

 I have a client who runs a business that was not considered to be “essential” and therefore had to shut his doors during the height of the pandemic and send his employees home to work. This went on for a few months. When, last summer, things started to relax, he called everyone back to the office. No exception.

The Surprising Power of Peer Coaching

Given a choice between working one-on-one with an executive coach or working with a group of peers in a facilitated coaching process, most executives would choose the former. Surely, the thinking goes, it’s better to have an experienced coach’s focused attention instead of relying on dialogue with your peers to support your development. The coach will get to know you well, understand your development needs, and focus exclusively on you. How could working with a group possibly be better? 

Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams

When tackling a major initiative like an acquisition or an overhaul of IT systems, companies rely on large, diverse teams of highly educated specialists to get the job done. These teams often are convened quickly to meet an urgent need and work together virtually, collaborating online and sometimes over long distances.I

Age Later by Nir Barzilai

Nir Barzlai, M.D., founded the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine over twenty years ago. His most fascinating study features a patient population of 600 centenarians – individuals who maintain active lives well into their 90s and 100s – and, more importantly, reached that milestone never having experienced the so-called big four: cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and cognitive decline. Dr. Barzlai identified three clusters of genetic mutations – connected to levels of cholesterol, growth hormones and peptides produced in their cells’ mitochondria – that correlate to centenarians’ enviable lifespan and healthspan. In Age Later, he translates those findings to news readers can use – including taking melatonin and using intermittent fasting – to mimic some of the effects of the ‘super agers” genetic code.

Just Work by Kim Scott

From Kim Scott, author of the revolutionary New York Times bestseller Radical Candor, comes Just Work: Get it Done, Fast and Fair – how we can recognize, attack and eliminate workplace injustice – and transform our careers and organizations in the process. We – all of us – consistently exclude, underestimate and under-utilize huge numbers of people in the workforce even as we include, overestimate and promote others, often beyond their level of competence. Not only is this immoral and unjust, it’s bad for business. Just Work is the solution. Just Work is Kim Scott’s new book, revealing a practical framework for both respecting everyone’s individuality and collaborating effectively. This is the essential guide leaders and their employees need to create more just workplaces and establish new norms of collaboration and respect.


Work out your purpose (and communicate it widely)

Finding your company’s purpose can be difficult.  We held two workshops last week and had discussions with CEOs who had started their companies for different reasons – not wanting to work for someone any more, thinking they could do things better – but needed to work out what they stood for now. Having a clear purpose can transform the direction of your company.  One of our clients has found that communicating their purpose and BHAG has dramatically improved the quality of candidates applying to their job ads.  Don’t hide your light under a bushel.  Work out your purpose and communicate it as widely as you can, both internally and externally.

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A special workshop presented by Justin Roff-Marsh (author of The Machine) and hosted by Dominic Monkhouse at Foundry Farm near Salisbury. Join 21 of your peers (owners and senior executives from mid-sized businesses) and design a simple (but detailed) plan to expedite the growth of your organization.

Quote of the week

“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”
Zig Ziglar

Dominic Monkhouse

Dominic offers business coaching and management development, strategy planning and organisational change, using tried and tested methods to launch your organisation onto an unparalleled growth trajectory. His programme is a function of his broad experience, his deep expertise and a proven process used by over 2,700 firms worldwide.

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