Leading the future

Developing leadership skills

Leading the future of business in our country will be down to group of very special individuals.  Great business leadership is the correct application of a set of leadership tools. The tools are applied in a way that suits the individual leaders style.  When done really well,  the leader  achieves the aims of all of the business stakeholders.  We know good leaders learn how to get the best from these tools from other good leaders.

That’s why we were really pleased to be part of the initial BEIS Peer Network  which comes to a close at the end of March.  We have had the joy of running two cohorts for the Cumbria LEP

Peer groups to share leadership experience

The twenty businesses we worked with had eight action learning sets to learn from each others experiences. They were all held online and facilitated by the wonderful Jacqui Jackson and Tina Cook  . Over fifty topics were covered:

Barriers and Enablers for 2021
Brexit impact on farming
Building confidence
Building new opportunities without face-to-face relationships
Cashflow and Financing growth
Closing deals under COVID. How much virtual work v face to face can be done ?
Communication internal and external
Continuous Improvement approaches
Creativity using SCAMPER
Delegation
De-risking and scoping options for growth
De-risking new initiatives
Difficult decisions in partnerships
Entrepreneurial Leaders and the role of good managemet
Family business issues
Finding the right role as a Director in an SME
Forward planning and what COVID Lockdown 3 has done to that plan
Future planning
Getting staff engagement and ownership
Home v office working
How and when to change accountant
How to make inroads into new market/sector with existing capabilities
Improving productivity using technology and taking your customers with you
Leadership & management
Leadership & management (balancing urgent and important)
Leadership Styles
Letting go and developing a new role
Managing relationships in a family business
Managing staff
Marketing ;brand, usp ,social media
Marketing and launching new product into marketplace
Marketing and using external providers
Measuring people performance effectively
New technology
People and team accountabilities (right bum on right seat)
People, retaining motivated employees through delegation and autonomy
Pivoting
Planning for growth but need to fix internal systems (CRM)
Pricing
Prioritising decisions
Prioritising tasks
Promoting someone to managerial role in an SME
Quality standards
Quality systems
Recruitment
Recruitment (Kick Starter Scheme)
Restructuring
Restructuring and digitising sales systems
Risk management ; communication and transparency in Tier 5 situation
Situational leadership
Skills & confidence
Social media
Staff benefits
Succession planning
Time management and prioritising
Use of good open questions

One to one conversations to develop the use of business tools

The one to one sessions were ran by Jacqui Jackson and Keith Jackson.  In the sessions we gave the businesses focused time to explore the opportunities open to them.

The sessions were built around five types of conversations:

  • Business Focused Coaching

We worked with the business to help develop/improve the business skills they felt needed attention.

  • Mentoring

We acted as an honest confidential mentor.  This allowed us to work with the business leader to develop and improve their leadership style within their business.

  • Business Model Canvas

We used Strategyzers Business Model Canvas to help reassess or develop their business plan.

  • Value Proposition Canvas

We worked with the business on their Value Proposition to help develop a product idea or scope a market.

  • Vision (BHAG) and Objective Setting

This was for some real open future thinking, we used a mixture of tools to help the business define their ‘Big Hairy Audacious Goals’ and set objectives on how they could get there.

Towards the future

It was a joy to work with these businesses as we all moved in and out of lockdowns in the transition from 2020 to 2021.  Leadership is about learning from your surroundings and having the confidence to take people forward. We have learned from the cohorts and are sure they have learned from 2020 and 2021.  Thomas Jardine & Co is looking forward to the future and we would be happy to share your journey with you.

To find out more contact us Hello@thomasjardineandco.co.uk 


A roadmap to our food and drink

Heading towards a post lockdown world we have just tidied our food map.

During the first lockdown we added what the various food and drink businesses were doing to support our community.

It is staggering to see that at least 100 businesses modified the way they traded.

We all owe these guys a huge vote of thanks.

In the early days they stepped into the unknown and provided us with some normality.  Then for a whole year they have continued to adapt their businesses.

As the new normal settles in we are sure they will continue to offer wonderful food and drink to us.

Treat yourself and your area.  hunt one of these folk down and buy some of their wonderful products.

If you are a producer and want us to update your details just give us a shout.

In no particular order here’s a taste of what some of these folk did, check them out via our map

Patersons Fresh Fruit and veg DELIVERED FRUIT AND VEG IN SW SCOTLAND SEE WEBSITE
Tony Harrison’s Butchers Butchers in Cockermouth with a variety of locally made food available
Food Glorious Food OPEN 10:30 -3 FOR SHOPPPING OR COLLECTIONS SEE FACEBOOK
Cartmel Food Shed DELIVERED READY MEALS
Simply Fresh Gosforth DELIVERIES AND OPEN STORE SEE FACEBOOK
Paolo’s Fish and Chips DELIVERIES OF FISH AND CHIPS AND SO MUCH MORED
Julians Veg OPEN FOR FRUIT AND VEG
Dutch Uncle TAKEAWAY OR COLLECTION MEALS SEE FACEBOOK
Farm and Fell ONLINE SHOP AND WEEKLY SPECIAL SEE WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK
Romano Pizzeria PIZZAS & TIRAMISU FOR COLLECTION SEE FACEBOOK
The Good Sister SEE FACEBOOK DELIVER CAKES IN CARLISLE
Bake House Born and Bread DRIVE THROUGH ORDERS ALSO DO HANDMADE ICECREAM COMPANY STOCK SEE WEBSITE
Mawbray Cheese DELIVERED CHEESE ACROSS WEST CUMBRIA SEE WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
Another Weigh WORKING WITH THE CHOPPING BLOCK PENRITH
Star Fruits HOME DELIVERIES SEE WEBSITE
Chopping Block ORDER FOR COLLECTON SEE WEBSITE
Pie Demand PHONE ORDERS SEE FACEBOOK FOR CARLISLE DELIVERY & COLECTION
Cartmel Cheeses ONLINE ORDER SHHIPPED ON WEDNESDAY DELIVERED THURS-FRIDAY
McClures ORDER & COLLECT GROCERIES FROM HUBS AT FLOKBURGH KENDAL ULVERSTON & BROUGHTON
Craving Curries ONLINE SPICE KITS ORDERS SEE WEBSITE
Tony Harrison HOME DELIVERY MEAT EGGS MILK BUTTER EGGS SEE WEBSITE
Fishers Free Range Eggs DELIVER EGGS AND FRUIT AND VEG SEE FACEBOOK
Brysons of Keswick & Appleby Bakery HOME DELIVERY SEE WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
Windemere Wine ORDER WINE ONLINE FREE DELIVERY IN WINDEMERE AREA
Boxed Fresh DELIVERED FRUIT & VEG ACROSS CUMBRIA
JMP Foodservices HOME DELIVERY SERVICE SEE WEBSITE & FACEBOOK
Bells Fishmongers HOME DELIVERY AND SHOP OPEN SEE FACEBOOK AND WEBSITE
Kirby Lonsdale Brewery DELIVER BEER AND COFFEE 20 MILES AROUND KIRBY LONSDALE
Lakeland Artisan June 2020 Windermere shop open Thursday to Satndartisan.co.uk/ #supportlocalbusinesses #lakelandartisan #discount , PHYSICAL SHOPS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
Hawkshead Brewery ONLINE SHOP OPEN https://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/brewery-shop.c.aspx AND BEER HALL OPEN AS TAKEAWAY
Eden Valley Meat company SEE FACEBOOK PAGE ORDERS CAN BE COLLECTED FROM FARM
Y-tea AVAILABLE ONLINE https://butlerslarder.co.uk/
Pappys Texas Barbeque AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE FACEBOOK PAGE
Penningtons Spirits & Liqueuers AVAILABLE INSTORES ACROSS CUMBRIA & FREE DELIVERY IN KENDAL AREA SEE FACEBOOK PAGE
Farrers AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBPAGE
Grange Bakery OPEN TAKING ORDERS BETWEEN 8 & 12 SEE FACEBOOK
Lovingly Artisan OPEN AND AVAILABLE AT PLUMGARTHS CHECK FACEBOOK PAGE
Plumgarths Farm Shop FARMSHOP OPEN CHECK FACEBOOK
The Pie Mill AVAILABLE AT TEBAY SERVICES
Low Sizergh Barn page 4 OPEN FOR PHONE ORDERS CHECK FACEBOOK
Heritage Meats ONLINE OPEN CHECK WEBSITE
Ethical Dairy AVAILABLE ONLINE CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Huttons Chocolates AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Low Howgill Butchers & deli OPEN AND HOME DELIVERIES CHECK FACEBOOK AND WEBPAGE
Cakes from the Lakes ONLINE ORDERS SEE WEBSITE
If I knew you were coming AVAILABLE VIA AMAZON SEE WEBPAGE
Annettes Baking in a Box OFFERING RECIPES ONLINE SEE FACEBOOK PAGE
Stonehouse Smokery AVAILABLE ONLINE CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Fell Brewery ONLINE SOON CHECK FACEBOOK TWITTER AND WEBSITE
The Coffee Kitchen bakery EMAIL YOUR ORDER IN SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Evas Organics DELIVERING ORGANIC FRUIT & VEG BOXES NOW AT CAPACITY SEE FACEBOOK & WEBSITE
Solway Spirits AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBSITE ALSO PRODUCING SOME HAND SANITISER FOR FRONT LINE WORKERS
Helens Herbs DELIVERING CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Lakeland Artisan AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Riverbank Catering CHECK THEIR FACEBOOK FOR UPDATES
Peace & Love Bakehouse CHECK THEIR FACEBOOK
Lake District Biltong ONLINE SHOP OPEN CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
The Chocolate Cottage ONLINE SHOP OPEN CHECK WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Ivy Cottage Bakery AVAILABLE IN UPPER EDEN SEE WEBSITE
Caterite Catering CLICK AND COLLECT SEE WEBSITE
Lakes Speciality Foods HOME DELIVERIES SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Mansergh Hall Farm Hog Roast PIGS AVAILABLE FOR BUTCHERS CHECK FACEBOOK
Masala Bazaar AVAILABLE ONLINE SEE WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK
Laings of Harker DELIVERY OR COLLECTION SEE FACEBOOK
Creative Seafoods LOCAL DELIVERIES SEE FACEBOOK
Furness Fish Poultry & Game Supplies HOME DELIVERIES SEE TWITTER AND WEBSITE
Pioneer Food services OPEN  AT ROSEHILL CARLISLE MON-SAT SEE WEBSITE
Thornby Moor Dairy COLLECT OR GET CHEESES DELIVERED SEE FACEBOOK
Bruce and Lukes DELIVERY OF DONUTS IN CARLISLE SEE FACEBOOK
Keswick Brewery Company BEER DELIVERY SEE FACEBOOK ALSO SELLING ‘THIRST AID’ TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL FOOD BANKS
Deer and Dexter MEAT DELIVERIES SEE WEBSITE OR FACEBOOK
Pioneer CLICK AND COLLECT AVAILABLE FROM ROSEHILL STORE AND STORE OPEN SEE FACEBOOK
Grasmere Gingerbread ONLINE ORDERS ACCEPTED AND POSTED

 

 


Wellbeing Culture

What a privilege facilitating a discussion for Be the Business between a group of highly progressive SME Business Leaders and Dr Richard Caddis MBChB MFOM, Chief Medical Officer, BT. The theme ‘creating a wellbeing culture’ and what that really means too business leaders of all sectors and size. First step is…. break out the Maslows and his Hierarchy of Needs , then lean in to the 5 Drivers of Wellbeing:

1: Health
2: Security
3: Environment
4: Relationships
5: Purpose

Of course all of this culture creation and culture change is totally dependent on authentic leadership and being able to really live what you say in your world!

Huge thanks to Dr Richard Caddis MBChB MFOMBe the Business and the awesome small business leaders who joined session one of the #wellbeing zoom series. Check out this great toolkit courtesy of BT here at:
https://lnkd.in/dmSyRFW

Think differently, do differently and spark change.

Special thanks goes to  Natacha Woodcock Sheena McDermott Paloma Sackman  for making this session happen.


Be The Business 2020

Be the Business 2020

At the beginning of 2020 Jacqui was an ambassador for Be the Business.  Led by Tony Danker  their mission was to help improve UK productivity.  An ambitious mission based on face to face support for businesses of all sizes.

As we now know all things changed from March 2020.  So, focus quickly changed from productivity to business change and survival.  Be the Business formed a peer group of its ambassadors. This allowed the ambassadors to face the new reality.

The ambassadors were brutally honest.  Be the Business listened, responded and made sure business voice was heard by government. For many ambassadors, a fall of 80% in turnover was considered a success. By easing of lockdown in July the same ambassadors had pivoted, adapted and were moving forward.  Be the Business were now one of the leading partners helping business rebuild for the new normal.  Anthony Impey has now taken the reigns and the growing list of partners (CBI , Nat West , Rolls Royce and many more) shows the strength of the movement.

Creating Ideas for Change

We have all had to change.  Our business was focused on physical face to face business support. Within days of lockdown this pivoted to online face to face to support. This meant Jacqui was in close touch with businesses looking for direction, our Guilders and with Be the Business.  Within weeks patterns were forming.  Working closely with the Be the Business team we created online solutions that captured and shared the good ideas coming from businesses of all sizes.  Traditional boundaries were shattered and ideas that would have taken months to develop were brought to life in days.

Idea creation is a group activity where the status quo is removed. That’s why peer groups work. The great leveller of COVID was that nobody had the answers.  So listening and creativity were unlocked and the enlightened embraced new ideas.

At a glittering online event Be the Business celebrated the years achievements.  Jacqui was proud to receive the Ideas Engine of the Year Award.  Other recipients were:

And the Award Goes To:

Energiser of the Year : Nigel Whitehead CBE

Ideas Engine of the Year: Jacqui Jackson

Culture Carrier of the Year : Barry Leahy MBE

Culture Champion of the Facebook Group: Danny McKeever

Metrics Pundit of the Year: Baoli Zhao

Lobbyist of the Year: Jurga Zilinskiene MBE

Party Planner of the Year : Helen Tonks

Most Roles held at Be the Business: Richard Baker

Power Duo of the Year : Hannah Barlow & Tom Mathew

Coordinator of the Year: Maxine Piovanelli

2021

Be the Business, its ambassadors and fellows will continue to support the growth of our great businesses.  We’ve proven that everything can change. PEST is no longer stable , 2021 is the year of considered change.

Come and join us.

 


It’s good to talk

Its good to talk, to share the day

We know it’s good to talk. We are based at The Guild a coworking space in the beautiful Carlisle city centre.  Up until COVID our main business involved face to face contact with businesses large and small.  During Lockdown One we adapted to the new online world of Zoom ,Teams etc.  A brief respite during the Summer meant that we had the joy of actually talking to people face to face. Then Lockdown Two brought us back to the online world.

This week has really brought home how much we and other businesses have adapted.  We now all know more than ever that you have to talk and share your day with other businesses.

The new normal is not Shangri-La BUT it’s not Blade Runner either…

Our new normal is intense.  Like most SMEs we are probably working more concentrated hours than ever before. Some of this is good news and some not so good.  Answers to the following questions can have both a positive and negative impact on your life or on your business:

  • How many hours a week do you save not travelling to meetings?  But how many of those hours were non contact time that you could gather your thoughts in?
  • How many early mornings and late evenings can you fit in and not have to leave the house? Does this mean that work time has encroached on your home life?
  • Whether you’re working from home or from your business do you find you can focus on the task in hand quicker?  Are you focusing on business at the cost of everything else?
  • Does the loss of turnover ‘motivate’ you more to search out the new opportunities? Are you getting tired of chasing new?
  • Has the loss of regular income focused you’re mind on really cutting business costs back? Have you shrunk the business back to a point where you are doing everything again?
  • Or have lock downs and COVID made you really busy, where you are at full capacity? Is your business coping under the pressure and how much of this will continue once lockdown eases?

Questions, the good, the bad and the ugly can feel lonely without peers

The real danger of social distancing is that a cry for help or a shout of joy often goes unheard.  We know one of the main benefits of coworking is the ability to share the good and the bad.  Sharing this with fellow businesses just makes it better still.

We have found that we can now get some of this back online.  You don’t have to feel alone in the wilderness and you can share your joy outside of your room.

How we shared online…

Like many other businesses we have taken our established business relationships online.  Knowing who you are dealing with helps online relationship work.  We are working with a great business team who will launch a brand new product next year.  We were approached by an old business contact to write submissions for honours awards.  Knowing the team meant we could run phone interviews immediately and capture great stories around the nominees.

We are also working with a new business introduced to us by a fellow associate.  Here trust in the go between has meant we have all committed a significant amount of time to a project before any of us have met in person.

Trust is so important

Our final thoughts go to this week.  On Monday we held an ONIT Zoom meeting with our fellow Guilders. ONIT has been running for many months and it is now an online meeting of businesses (Guilders) connected with the Guild.  The agenda was simply how do we deal with our wellbeing?  We all laughed. We all reflected and most importantly we all shared our ups and downs.  Trust amongst a group of businesses that have shared the same experiences allows us to take on this new normal. We owe a personal thank you to Mondays group who just made our life that much better.

Peer to Peer, a place where it is good to talk

This week we also launched our first two Action Learning Groups for the BEIS funded Peer to Peer Network   facilitated by our Jacqui Jackson and the talented Tina Cook. This is where businesses can really share and work on solutions for their businesses with fellow business leaders. These groups will run through to March next year.  We are already really impressed with the level of honesty, trust and care our businesses are showing.  In Cumbria our cohorts and those of Cumbria Chambers are now full.  If you want to join the Cumbrian Peer to Peer Network there are still paces with groups led by Entrepreneurial Spark, the Leadership Secret and Skills for Care. Just contact Helen at the Cumbrian LEP for more details.

Final Word

It’s always good to talk.  The very act of saying out loud what you are thinking releases pressure from your brain.  We are sociable animals.  So please use what ever medium suits you AND get out there and talk.

If you want to know more contact us.


PEER TO PEER NETWORKS PROGRAMME STARTING IN NOVEMBER

Thomas Jardine help deliver Cumbrian Peer to Peer Networks

We are really proud to be one of the delivery partners for the Cumbrian LEP and BEIS

Who is it For?

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) is offering SME decision makers, in Cumbria, the opportunity to work collaboratively in small cohorts to address business challenges with their peers.

Engaging with like-minded individuals through a series of facilitated sessions you will have the opportunity to address your business needs, gain feedback and identify practical solutions in a confidential setting.

Benefits

By completing the Peer to Networks opportunity, you will:

  • Develop a trusted network of connections
  • Address and overcome business challenges
  • Develop new skills to recognise business opportunities
  • Evaluate your business style and share experiences

Eligibility

The programme is available to any SME business that have:

  • Operating for at least one year
  • Have at least five employees
  • Turnover of at least £100,000
  • Aspiration to Improve

Peer to Peer networking will enable develop strong business relationships and foster a new experiential business learning opportunity.

To Register your interest in the programme

Please email Helen Atherton at helen.atherton@thecumbrialep.co.uk

Who will contact you directly by return

If you want to be in a group facilitated by us please mention this to Helen

For more details  Keith@thomasjardineandco.o.uk or see : Brochure from CLEP 


Handy dating tool for business : changing culture for changing times

Dating tool for business

Are you creative?  Do you look for innovative solutions? Why use a dating tool?

Is your supply chain up in the air?  Are you questioning your relationship with your current suppliers? Are you looking for new customers and clients?

If so do you really get on with some customers, do some suppliers just not get how you work?

Like any relationship , business really works when both parties understand each others needs.  Maybe its time to set up a business dating tool?

Creatives and Non Creatives

In relationships opposites do attract and sometimes they work really well. Then again, in may cases unfortunately they don’t.

A creative free spirit and a non creative control freak are not often a good match.  The same is true for business.  But it is not always true,  in times of change different personalities can really help a situation.  The trick is to recognise your differences and work together to solve the problem you are both facing.

So, why is this important to business now and what has this to do with business culture?

The answer is that all businesses have their own ‘culture’ ranging from complete control from the centre to complete autonomy of agents working to a collective goal.  If you don’t understand your culture you may not understand why some customers, clients or suppliers can’t fit in with your business.  Or if you are a B2B provider you may be totally frustrated by the way a new client operates.  Maybe if you had understood their culture you could have either avoided them or adapted the way you operate.

In these times of dramatic change it is really important that we all learn to understand how we operate and that’s where Mr Charles Handy steps in…

Charles Handy….a voice from the past

Business is based around society and we have been studying society since the Ancient Greeks.  If you want to understand how society works the answer has been written.  If you don’t believe us, type in ‘management books on business culture‘ in Amazon…you will get a choice of over 4,000 books!  Amongst them is Handy…we love his books because they don’t always offer simple answers, instead they offer simple ways to understand how our complicated business cultures work.

Leadership techniques and management styles are always being given a new lick of paint by the new business gurus.  If you scratch their surfaces you will often find that their answers are built on Handy‘s understanding of business culture, based on the premise that there is no such thing as the right or best culture, just the most appropriate culture for the changing world around it!

Our dating advice based on Handy

So let’s look at this from the individual that is approaching the new business (this works in reverse if you are a business looking to work with a new individual).  Like all good dating sites we need to understand a few things about your personality.  So a couple of questions to ask yourself.

Where are you on the scale between super creative to more happy delivering repetitive tasks reliably and accurately?

Where are you on the scale between wanting complete control of what you do to happy to be told exactly what to do and when?

Now here are your choices of types of businesses to work with:

Power Culture

This business usually has a lack of formal rules, but does have a powerful individual or small group at its head! You do what your told and don’t rock the boat you will be fine!

Suits you?  If not take a deep breath , this business might well have been guided in the right direction by its leaders and won’t need your services.  However if this business has taken the wrong track or really can’t figure out where to go next it will need your services.  The trick with a relationship is to understand how it works.  You are unlikely to become best buddies but there may be a moment in time where you can work constructively with them as long as they allow you some space to do what you do.

Task Culture

This business has very few rules, generally quite organic in form, loves achieving results and sharing skills.  It is task focused based on teams who just get things done.  Everyone in these teams is expected to contribute equally.  We’ll let you figure out how you could work with these folk.

Person Culture

This business purely exists to serve its members or collectively pursue its aim which couldn’t be done individually!  Its all about the people in it rather than the business itself.  The focus is on the individual rather than the business.  Again we will leave you to work out how you would fit with them.

Role Culture

Now, this business is usually more than a bit bureaucratic!  Authority lies in highly controlled, enforced rules, systems and procedures…everyone has a role that comes with a responsibility and a do it our way attitude!  Have a think how this fits with you.

From the business perspective

So to use the descriptions to figure out what type of business culture you are.  Think about your clients and supply chain, and plot them.  Then think what are you trying to fix and what type of person/approach this would require.  Think about the change around us and ask what’s the ‘most appropriate’ culture needed NOW?  Now really think how your business can get the best from them…this may require a little bit of give and take…but all good relationships are built on this.

On It?

We will talk about this more at our On It Club…just give us a shout at Thomas Jardine & Co.

 


Change it’s not you it’s them

Are you facing change?

Do you agree  or disagree that “change it’s not you it’s them” ?

In January did you have a lovely business plan? Has the plan changed a little?

Now take a deep breath and answer this honestly.  Is all the change due to COVID or is a good part of it things you were always going to get round to doing?

Change in business often looks like it is driven by outside forces.  In many cases this is true but the type and scale of change is down to the leader of the business.  We subconsciously make decisions made on our perception of the world and this does not always match what the rest of the world is seeing.

Do you need Space to change?

Many of us have had space away from our business to really work on the business future rather than in the business.  So, is it that thinking space that is driving part of our change of focus in our businesses?  Admittedly COVID has had a huge effect on many sectors (ours included as coworking we had to physically close during Lockdown…the first time a business ran by our family has closed its doors for over 125 years).

But has the space to think allowed us all real time to unscramble the noise and focus on changing the business?  This change may not be dramatic pivoting.  It may just be a more focused look at costs or a re-evaluation of our customer base.

All changes big or small require confident leadership.

Is there the confidence to Lead?

So have you got the confidence to lead change? COVID and the ensuing media focus on the coming recession has hit the confidence of all but the most resilient leaders.  It’s OK to be unsure, we all are.  Nobody really knows what the future will hold.  That is the beauty of it , for once in a generation we are facing a level playing field of ‘business knowledge’.

We gain confidence from sharing and refining our ideas.  Build a trusted network , support each other and watch that confidence grow.  You may even get confident enough to let your new ideas grow in the hands of others.

Have you the confidence to Let Go?

Many of us as business leaders do have trouble letting go. If we can build up our confidence and focus on what we want to change in our business then we can let others take our business forward.

Use the right tools for you!

We are all different.  Use your difference as your advantage.  Make decisions using the tools (Strategyzers Business Model Canvas is a great example) that suit your style.  Don’t be prescriptive in your change journey, be you.

If you want a ‘confidant’ that will challenge you to help you on your journey, give us a shout at Thomas Jardine & Co


If

If you kept your focus when all about you

Were losing theirs and blaming it on COVID,

If you pivoted when others doubted change,

But made allowance for their doubting too;

If you’re waiting for normal and not tired by waiting,

You are a business in our new world

A ‘sticker’ who held a steady course and never wavered

Or an ‘innovator’ who pivoted in weeks

Or one of the ‘undecided’ who are waiting to stick or pivot

 

If you can plan—and not make the plans your master

If you can pause – and not make the pause your life

If you have met with Triumph and Disaster

And treated those two impostors just the same;

If you can keep your focus on the business

When everything is pushing you to work in the business

And have watched the things you gave your life to, broken,

And are now building them back with a furloughed team

 

If you are making one heap of all your reserves

To risk it on a pivot to a new future,

Knowing you may lose, and have to start again

And never breathe a word of your fears to those about you;

If you have forced your heart and nerve and soul

To serve your business long after you are done,

And are holding on when there is nothing in you

Except the voice which says to you: ‘Hold on!’

 

If you can talk with customers and keep their attention,

Or work with suppliers—to keep your supply chain alive,

If neither competitors nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all people count with you, but none too much;

If you can still fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you are a business leader my friend.

 

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling , Be the Business and our fellow Guilders at the Guild Carlisle

If you’re ready to talk we are ready to listen at

Thomas Jardine & Co

 


ON IT Club

So, what’s this all about?  Well we started the ON IT club with the awesome Guild Members in Carlisle.  We are now excited to announce we are introducing it to the wider business community.

ON IT is a way to bring together business leaders from all sectors to work ‘ON’ their businesses.   We all know it’s all too easy to be sucked into the ‘day to day’ and start losing sight of where you want to be.

An example of how ON IT is effective is how well it worked during the lockdown. Like the rest of the country our Guilders were split between those flipping their business model, those waiting to see what happens next . The ON IT club allowed all of us to share our hopes, dreams and worries through this really difficult time.  It helped keep us focused on where we were taking our individual businesses.

Take the current situation….business in the UK is currently in 3 broad camps:

The ‘innovators’ those who have taken action.  They flipped their business model.  Adopted new tech, went for new markets, new products to serve customers in a whole new way!

The ‘stickers’ those who are either confident or defiant, waiting for normal to return!

The ‘undecided’ those thinking hard about bold steps, but not quite ready to commit to a new business model

Where are you?  Where do you want to be? Who can help you get there?

All of us (innovators, stickers or undecided) need to know how our business is performing in relation to the general market. With all that has happened, we all need time to take a moment to check we are still heading to a ‘place’ in business we want to be.  We all need somewhere we can go to where we can get honest opinions on the help available out there.

So if you’re an innovator that wants to keep on track. Or a sticker who wants to check if normal has returned . Or an undecided that just wants to unscramble the noise.  We believe the ON IT group will genuinely help you with all of this.

The ON IT club is designed purely for business and its leaders, it’s for people who run their own thing and want to talk business with other business leaders, those with a different perspective, different ideas, different ways of solving challenges and scoping new opportunities.

This is a monthly virtual peer group of business leaders where we bring business tools to life to get YOU to where you want to be.

Leading any business or organisation can be a lonely place, join the monthly virtual ‘on it’ club and make that change!

How ON IT Works:

  • Peer to peer problem solving with other business leaders – unscramble!
  • Peer to peer opportunity scoping with other business leaders – save time!
  • Business talking to business about business – keep on track!
  • Interactive masterclasses throughout the year from active business owners
  • Business tools brought to life to help your business move forward.
  • Build your business toolbox!
  • Monthly 90 min sessions via Zoom

Click here to get ON IT

Thomas Jardine & Co working in partnership with The Guild, Carlisle.