"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." -Churchill

John Funnell

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Productivity, profit, but also sustainability- these are all key drivers at c-level in these times. Meeting and enhancing demand while maintaining cash flow, reducing the bottom line, but also ensuring growth can be sustained not only in the coming quarters, but in the years to come. ...
With August being the holiday month for most executives the CIO Committee (the advisory board behind Europe's most prestigious CIO Event held annually at the Celtic Manor home of the Ryder Cup), have just announced the findings of their recent survey on Executive behaviour during the H...
How can our generation (expert in creating profits out of virtual nothingness) do something real to leave a legacy that can be dug up by the three eyed monsters of the future? Among the innate PR I repeatedly churn out on this blog, I try to imprint the odd piece with some remote inte...
Tumultuous economic times have forced companies to take a closer look at their liquidity management initiatives and identify areas of cost savings. Having effective access to near-term liquidity to support critical operations has made its way to the top of the executive's agenda acros...
The UK recruitment industry, has an annual turnover of £27 billion and the majority of operators are SMEs. It's interesting to note that many of the SMEs that we support through our intensive development schemes, don't actually need cash - they need mentoring, support and advice on exi...
The economic crisis of 2009 presented a false base for many businesses including ours, giving us nothing upon which to produce any meaningful type of growth statistics or trend data but all things considered our result of 400% is still incredible growth by any standards. So in this env...
Looking back on another financial crisis - another generation of finance executives who proudly bear the scars of managing organisational and personal stress in delivering survival over growth! Whose grasp of risk management is not just theoretical but practical. Who are commercially o...
Assessment of our Corporate Sustainability is often driven by a need to comply in order to achieve the tick in a box for tender activity but is this how it should be perceived? Surely implemented in the right spirit and with across the board buy-in, this buzz word strategy is a strong...
For generations the Finance profession has been deemed to be the most boring of things - mere ‘bean-counters' valuing, counting and confirming quantities throughout the world of commerce. If this remains your perception of your role then you are in danger of being passed to the realms...
Green shoots of recovery are appearing in the finance executive job market after a long, hard winter. People who decided to play a game of ‘sit tight, watch and wait' are once again considering their next career move. Pay freezes are melting and company boards have recognised that job ...
The way we shop and pay is changing; 41% of people now treat cash as a secondary option and more than half of Brits (54%) remove loose change out of their wallets and purses, leading to an estimated £65 million in pennies lying around the nation’s homes. Which coins do we keep in the ...
Search Twitter under the hashtag fail (#fail) and you’ll come across examples of poor service, disgruntled customers and some almost unbelievable situations. (My next #FAIL is directed at keyboard manufacturers who bury the hash tag deep in the computer – they need to move with the ti...
Smartphones are slowly replacing traditional dial and text mobile phones, and as they do they gradually change the face of IT and telecoms infrastructure. Soon mobile phones could pose as not only a device to call a friend, but as a passport and credit card. Morten Hother Sørensen, ...
If you want to know what impression your brand is making, there is no need to send out thousands of students armed with clipboards – just simply Google yourself. You are who Google says you are after all. This has been known in the B2C environment for sometime as brands fight to contro...
A telecoms committee has been recently formed to urge African Countries to focus their attention to broadband deployment and telecom services to rural communities. Africa is still experiencing strong growth in telecommunication, broadband, non-voice services, rural expansion and effic...
MeetTheBoss.tv is something of a revelation – an online business resource that is, according to user feedback, ‘an MBA on speed’, ‘brilliant’, and ‘more useful than TED’. 2.25 million return visits show this new launch offers that rare thing on the Internet: lasting value. The man beh...
The Telco industry in the Middle East is set for further growth opportunities. How? At first glance, many countries seem to be saturated, especially in the mobile sector, but increased competition has led to many industry observers predicting good returns for those companies well place...
GDS International Chairman Spencer Green: “Involvement in Emerging Markets is Vital for Growth” Last week's G20 summit may have done little to quell the divisions between the emerging and advanced countries with many column inches devoted to “the currency wars” and the suspicion that ...
GDS International has come out of nowhere in 2010. GDS International has had double-figure growth every year for the last six years and has offices in almost every continent, enabling it to build a strong reputation among the fortune 1000's top companies. As a result several of the w...
Over the past three decades, the cost of generating wind power has fallen by 80 percent, to a level where it is fully competitive with new coal power or gas power plants, and significantly cheaper than nuclear energy, in most European countries at the carbon and fuel prices. As a resu...
A healthy and successful smart grid will change how Americans think about electricity. Both energy companies and third-party investors are keen to provide resources to innovate and advance the current grid infrastructure, something that could eventually save the planet, save lives, and...
Latin Americas’ goal for energy independence is tied to its offshore oil and gas reserves. Experts from the illustrious O&G LA 20 committee believe that the offshore sector will become even more important in the future as the industry shifts to deeper waters. A spokesperson for the co...
There is more to developing a successful global 4G network than the likes of WiMax or LTE fighting to be the predominate network provider. For 4G to be successful several other areas need to be synergized effectively. In fact, media and entertainment, IT, sustainability and electronics...
Is Attitude over Aptitude a Viable Employment Practice
“Now that the sub-sea cables have landed on mainland Africa, the continent now has access to broadband and the various services that can be delivered via high speed internet. However, several key challenges still remain before subscribers can enjoy a reliable, safe and affordable servi...
Last week Pharmaceutical heads met as a result of a drugs recall after a pill mix up of breast cancer pills. The drug, Fresenius Kabi's Anastrozole, was made by the German company's subsidiary in India. The ingredient mix up led to the voluntary recall of 7,192 bottles, each containing...
With anaemic growth and talks of a possible double dip recession the illustrious FST 20 (which consists of the 20 leading figure heads in North American Finance) were called to congress in California this week to discuss how the Financial Community can unify to avoid a repeat of 2008. ...
Last week the leading names in Healthcare Finance met in Miami to discuss the causes and effects of the new healthcare reform. Since the Reform proposal back in the spring there have been endless and conflicting statements outlining the potential pitfalls of the proposal, and the effe...
Despite rumours to the contrary, iPhone users won’t be able to get use a 4G network at any point in the next 14 months. This flies in the face of earlier reports that Apple would be aligning with Verizon to enable Apple to utilise the 4G network. "At some point our business interest...
As telecommunication companies across Latin America attempt to increase product and service offerings, few regions are seeing the execution of these plans more pronounced than through the restructuring of Chiles' communications infrastructure. This has allowed for a significant buzz a...
One of the unifying topics, Revenue Cycle Solutions, stands as a key talking point due to the need for financial departments to lower the number of days a payment stays in the receivables account. What was seen as the back end for dropping a bill has the ability of becoming a more comp...
Markus Shulz, the Global Compliance Officer at Zurich Financial Services explained on Thursday that in a post-financial crises, regulation is expected to increase, specifically in a short term environment, but will likely have long-term effects. While there are many facets to the impl...
There is a war waiting to happen, reputations to be trumped, brands to be tarnished and consumers to be rewarded....with some choice! After a six month monopoly, there looks like there's going to be some proper competition for the supposedly all conquering iPad; the tablet PC which ha...
The average telephone handset has evolved, and as a result thousands of start-up companies are profiting out of the Telecom sector's advances, supplying the various add-ons which inevitably accompany any new wave of technology. Such innovations were used by the operators to supplement...
“Today’s CIO needs to manage complex IT transformations or major shifts in strategy and explain how those directly benefit the business.” Christine Kincaid – SVP Security Global Strategy, Citigroup. This week leading CIOs from the US have met in Miami to tackle the day-to-day issues...
The ability to decrease a consumers’ time between entering an establishment and purchasing an item has become increasingly difficult as consumers become more intelligent. For retailers to contend with this savvy consumer, they must provide every need a consumer might have interest in, ...
John McGuire – Center for Creative Leadership, who is currently in attendance at the NG HR US Summit, spoke on ‘transforming your leadership culture’. He believes that too many changes with management initiatives can prove detrimental to morale. Recent reports show that unemploymen...
The reality is that online sales are becoming too popular for retailers now to treat as a separate entity from other retail channels. The key for retailers, and a major talking point at NG Retail EU Summit currently in process, is trying to achieve truly seamless cross-channel alignme...
From Friday 17 September to Wednesday 22 September, Somerset House in England’s capital will host the bi-annual London Fashion Week, an opportunity for top designers from every corner of the globe to display their Autumn/Winter collections on runway shows, and impress buyers with their...
Why episodic marketing and means big business for big brands. In the world of marketing, executives are facing greater challenges than ever before. Increased competition, media fragmentation and changes in consumer behavior and attitudes are all impacting the way marketers approach ad...