Let me tell you a little of my story…
Some years ago, I decided I wanted to be my own boss. After much searching, I found a small manufacturing company that was on the brink of insolvency – which meant it was cheap to buy! I ultimately turned the company around to be the third largest in its sector, but the most-interesting period was the first six-months after I arrived.
It was during this time that I started to apply what I call business creativity to identify innovative ways to grow my business. One of the key things I got to understand was that often I wasn’t focusing on the correct question. And there’s no point finding brilliant answers to the wrong question – as this just wastes time, effort, and ultimately costs you money. This thinking differently about growth really paid off, and several years later I successfully sold the company.
I’d structured these thinking approaches into a set of formalised processes and ultimately started helping big companies to address some of the difficult business issues they faced. I’ve worked with some leading companies including UPS, Canon, O2, Vodafone, Akzo Nobel, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Touchnote, Lloyds Bank, Toyota, HSBC, Scottish Widows, South African Airways, American Express, and a host of African and Australian companies that you won’t have heard of.
During this time, I helped them apply some cutting-edge management techniques that have delivered millions (if not billions) in additional revenues for them. One Australian insurance company wrote in their annual shareholders report that the work I’d done had given them an additional £48 million in revenues despite only being launched late in the financial year!
I also learned a lot while working with these big businesses – and I realised that many of these methodologies would work equally well for the smallest of businesses too when integrated into my own creative thinking processes.
And this is probably why you’re reading this page right now!
What I’m going to do for you…
Sprint for Growth shows you simple things you can do to help you grow your small business – or to consider how to start your new business with a bang if you’re looking to do your own thing in the near future. I’ve combined the best of big-business, leading management practices with some applied business creativity processes to deliver short, practical actions that will help you thrive and be more successful.