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Andrew MacLennan

Strategy Execution Derailment

Yesterday, Carrillion plc went into liquidation with debts of at least £1.5 billion ($2 billion). The 43,000-person construction and support services company operates in the UK, Middle East, Caribbean and Canada and provides a wide range of services grouped under three

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Aircraft
Andrew MacLennan

Ascent & Descent

I recently enjoyed flying First Class from London to Bangkok with a well known airline.  It was a treat for me as I don’t expect clients to pay for luxuries; Business Class is fine.  But it was an upgrade and

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Paths diverging in a forest
Andrew MacLennan

Executive Dilemmas

Organisation leaders have endured a rough ride recently.  Barely a day passes when business chiefs are not accused of greed – the banking crisis seemingly leaving all private sector executives exposed to vilification.  Senior public servants are not immune either;

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iPhone 4
Andrew MacLennan

Smartphone Market Share vs Profitability

It’s interesting to see today’s news reports of Samsung ‘overtaking’ Apple in the smartphone wars. According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung’s 2011 Q3 market share was 23.8% against Apple’s 14.6%. Samsung’s growth is impressive, and not unexpected. However, these figures can

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Steve Jobs
Andrew MacLennan

Strategic Foresight

Unlike most bloggers, I haven’t yet mentioned Steve Jobs’s untimely death earlier this month, despite being a big fan of Apple’s products and having enormous respect for his passion, leadership and achievements. As those who have read Strategy Execution will

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Firefighter
Andrew MacLennan

Who Got Fired?

In June I wrote about problems with the NHS’s embattled patient care records programme – which has since been cancelled. We have’t had to wait long for another major public change programme to go the same way.  Last month, the

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Bamboo
Andrew MacLennan

The Progress Principle

Last month’s Harvard Business Review included an interesting article by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, reporting the findings of a long study into motivation. Amabile and Kramer invited 238 employees in seven organisations from a range of industries to complete

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Hospital waiting room
Andrew MacLennan

Patient Wait

The UK’s National Audit Office recently published an update on the delivery of patient care record systems in the country’s National Health Service (NHS).  This initiative forms part of an £11.4 billion programme that launched in 2002 and was to

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