Month: July 2014

Supporting the next generation of retail business leaders

It’s a big date in the retail calendar today – the start of this year’s Oxford Summer School Foundation programme. Over the next 5 days the cream of the UK’s young retailers will be together for some intense training and coaching sessions to set them up to be the next generation of global retail business

Fiery Fred, Sunshine Sally and the importance of Self Awareness

We had a lot of fun at the recent Bira High Street Conference, determining whether our independent retail colleagues felt they were more Fiery Fred than Sunshine Sally. We were of course introducing attendees to Insights Discovery – the behaviour profiling tool we use at the OSS Foundation school. Although we only used a snapshot

Meeting facilitation… 4 factors that have impact

I’ve just had the pleasure to facilitate a three-day strategy meeting for 60 delegates/5 major brands from all over the world (along with 4 of my great colleagues!) It was a pleasure not just because of the excellent location – Montpellier in the sunny south of France  – but also … due to a real

Leaders who leave… and the team that stays behind

The announcement that M&S CFO Alan Stewart is departing to join ‘rival’ Tesco certainly ruffled a few media and shareholder feathers yesterday (10 July 14) with the internal appointment of Paul Friston, to hold the reigns while the recruitment process in underway. What should Paul and other M&S leaders do to minimise the impact on