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Purpose-Driven Methodologies, Chapter 2 of Change Readiness

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 26, 2019 4:33:41 PM

Our new eBook, Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success, is out and available to help you through your change programme.  We'll be publishing one chapter each month in our blog. Chapter Two, Purpose-Driven Methodologies is below, or feel free to download the eBook in its entirety here.  The  chapters will be followed by a webinar to discuss issues raised by that section.

Click here to register for the webinar series on Change Readiness.

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Topics: Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

An Accenture Interview with Stephen Parry: Transforming an Already Overburdened Organisation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 26, 2019 2:10:34 PM

In this podcast, as part of the Inspiring Conversations in the Business Agility Series, Stephen discusses
how during business transformations leaders often lose sight of the strategy, organisational structures, and requirements for technology.

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Topics: Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Business Agility Vienna 2019, Business Agility Podcast

The Future is Always Coming: Adaptability is Key to Keeping Up with Technology

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 18, 2019 3:42:43 PM

When I was writing this blog, one of my favourite songs from the 90s, and even still, came up on my playlist – The Future of the Future by Deep Dish, featuring Everything but the Girl. I am not sure if the lyrics
about unrequited love have much to do with rapidly changing technology and keeping pace with it, but they made me think even harder about the disruptive 
times we live in and how organisations can cope.  

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Topics: IT Business, sense and respond, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, business agility

Brexit: Intellectual Property and .eu Domains

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 12, 2019 11:30:00 AM

To be or not to be.  That is the question. Another Brexit deadline has passed.  The new date looks set to be on Halloween -- nightmarish, no doubt, in the interim and long after. 

While there is little clarity on what the trading arrangements between the UK and the EU will be after the
withdrawal, there is some pretty straightforward advice on intellectual property and .eu domains. This is of particular importance to Lloyd Parry, as we have numerous "Community" EU trademarks and a never-ending list of .eu's.

We thought we would share some resources that we have found helpful in these two areas and in general. Just click on the blue headings. If you have any as a UK business offering services into the EU, please add them in the comments section below or contact us directly and we will update the list. 

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Topics: IT Business, Business Tips, Brexit Resources, Brexit and .eu Domains, Brexit and Intellectual Property

Trick o' Tweet and the 'Philosophical' Pumpkin

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 8, 2019 6:45:43 PM

As I was attempting to categorise some of my previous tweets to share with a team to whom I was delivering a management workshop, one category, one of the many loose ones, that surfaced was philosophical. And, I couldn't resist sharing this story.

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Topics: IT Business, Lean Methods, A3 Thinking, Lean, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, Agile

How do you see your organisation? Is it a Marilyn Monroe or an Albert Einstein?

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 4, 2019 7:03:29 PM

When working on business transformations, I often start by showing the team a hybrid image of Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein, which was created by Dr. Aude Oliva at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is the same image but can be perceived in two different ways depending on the distance from it.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Lean, Business Tips, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

'Adaptability' in Motion: How One Logistics Company Achieved It

Posted by Stephen Parry on Mar 28, 2019 3:58:51 PM

How does adaptability work? How does it make a business more profitable? I'm asked these and related questions almost daily.

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Topics: Adaptability, Customer Experience, Work Climate, Adaptive Culture, Business Tips

How To Instill A Problem Solving Mindset In Your Staff

Posted by Stephen Parry on Dec 6, 2018 10:42:49 AM

Problem-solving is an Achilles Heel in many organisations. Involving critical thinking, a versatile thought process, and creativity, advanced problem-solving is a valuable – and often rare - skill.

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Topics: Speaking Events, Business Tips

The Key Challenges For Businesses Transformation And Change: Turn On The Lights!

Posted by Stephen Parry on Aug 8, 2018 11:31:51 AM

Originally published in CIO Magazine June 2018

Imagine yourself at a party where everyone is having great time. Suddenly someone turns on the lights, and everyone looks around. What do they see? One huge mess – which up till this point had not been visible. In terms of business transformation be it Lean, Agile or Adaptive, this ‘putting on of lights’ represents the key challenge. It is about letting all in the organisation see, in the clear light of day, the mess or waste that their company is continuing to create.
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Topics: Business Tips

3 Brilliant Business Tips To Improve Leadership and Adaptability

Posted by Stephen Parry on Feb 22, 2018 4:31:10 PM

The outstanding modern-day exponent of true end to end leadership was undoubtedly the late, great Steve Jobs. His biographer Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs, wrote a fascinating 30-minute summary of his leadership techniques posthumously called The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs. There are 14 of them summarised. Find it here in the Harvard Business Review April 2012 (PDF). Nobody successfully worked through and redefined the end to end customer experience as he did, time after time, product after product and innovation after innovation. He inspired people to achieve things they did not believe themselves capable of doing until challenged by his implacable determination.

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Topics: Business Tips