If your organisational culture has these five characteristics, all attempts to implement strategic change will likely be doomed. It’s no longer a secret that most companies struggle with strategy execution. McKinsey research tells us, for example, that 70 percent of change efforts fall short of desired results. The financial losses implied by statistics like these are…

Hackers and hipsters may be behind the innovative success of today’s startups, but established companies require a different skillset. It is becoming obvious to the startup world that entrepreneurial teams based on a corporation’s divisional structure work poorly. The idea that a team should be made up of representatives from contributing divisions (such as marketing,…

With start-ups driving and defining transformation and disruptive change across industries, what is the role of larger companies? Unable to compete with startups on focus and speed, large established organisations are considering ways to integrate new disruptive innovation with their core assets. Whether this is best done through acquisition, corporate incubators and accelerators or venture…

Venture capital, philanthropy and family business are not mutually exclusive concepts. They all reflect the same entrepreneurial values of long-term investment, personal commitment, building teams and thinking outside the box. If you ask a family boss what makes them special, they will mention their long-term perspective. They are also likely to tell you that their…