Our business is helping your business How many times have we heard this from suppliers? Are they really there to help us and our problem - or are they there to sell a product? Or is this just a fad tag line in the business world? This is much like the training and learning debate occurring in training - the 'training provider' having a product and the learner having a need - but do they really match? The identification of needs is really important to identify the gap (gap analysis). In … [Read more...] about Our business is helping your business to grow (or survive) – tag lines gone mad!
The PEST or PESTLE analysis is one of the most common diagnostic tools used in marketing and business planning. Its six basic perspectives provide a framework for understanding external factors which may impact the organization, which is easy to follow and yet the tool is so often misunderstood. PESTLE - Political, Economic, Sociological, Ecological, Legal, Environmental. PESTLE provides the external perspective to a SWOT analysis... where: PESTLE + PRIMO-F = SWOT Six simple rules for … [Read more...] about 5 common mistakes in doing a PESTLE analysis
Are they free and are they worth the time invested? Introduction What does free mean? No cost to use? - or use something for free? lets be real - there is no such thing as free. Time is money and to many small and medium sized businesses time is one of the most precious resources. So read the following with caution - the service may be free but does it add real value to your business? What is a Business Health Check? All businesses have weaknesses as well as strengths. If … [Read more...] about Free Business Health Check
The world of organizational development is s strange one. ask 10 practitioners in the field what it is and you will get 11 different answers! For those of us involved in the cloak and dagger world of Organizational Development we use a wide range of organizational diagnostic tools however when it comes to planning and monitoring progress we often do things a little freestyle. While this may feel creative and valuable it may well be one of the contributing factors to change programmes not … [Read more...] about Organizational Diagnostics and Strategy Maps
RapidBI is Looking Back to School In the last few weeks we have been approached and asked if we have a BIR suitable for the education market. One of the problems with the BIR in this context is the structure of the organisation and its relationship to its customers (the students). While the BIR will work well for the management of the education establishment, it will not be as successful at looking at teacher and student engagement. Nor will it take into account the limitations on "marketing" … [Read more...] about School Improvement Review – SIR
The SWOT analysis is one of the most common diagnostic tools used in business. It's four simple perspectives provide a framework which is easy to follow and yet the tool is so often misunderstood. Why do so many people make these common 5 mistakes in SWOT analysis implementations? Lets remind ourselves what this is - SWOT = Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. The Strengths and Weaknesses are internal factors. The opportunities and threats are external factors. Some … [Read more...] about 5 common mistakes in doing a SWOT analysis