Into the Valley of Death Rode the 600

This appears to be a strange title for a management consultancy webpage.

Perhaps we should explore it further to find the point I’m trying to make. If you look back through the popular interpretations of history, it appears to me that it doesn’t matter if events failed or succeeded. What makes them stand out and be remembered is more about how boldly they were executed, how clear the objective was and the clarity of leadership.

Whilst we do not contend that you should run your business in the style of “The Battle of Balaclava”, we do think there is a difference between management and leadership. Why would this matter? Well, it really depends on how you see your business and its marketplace.

There seems to be a widely held belief that the pace of change is getting ever quicker. Technological developments are impacting our World at a rapid rate. It, therefore, seems reasonable that what worked yesterday will not necessarily work the same tomorrow.


In a word, this means change.

Although we live in a rapidly changing world, many of us have an almost in-built resistance to change. This is especially true if it is out of our control. Introducing changes into your business may be one of the most challenging tasks you will undertake. Perversely, managing change requires good leadership and that’s where we come in.

One of the new concepts within the International Standard for Management Systems is now a requirement for leadership. This implies that along with the existing requirement for continual improvement, your system should be dynamic and you will lead everyone on a journey.

How to Lead

Of course, leadership does not have to be brash, arrogant, or noisy. We have seen some of the best leaders who are quiet and thoughtful and adopt a coaching, supportive style. This enables their well-trained teams to perform to their full potential. The common elements appear to be the clearest and simplest communication of the vision (objective), i.e. “We are going to put a man on the moon and bring him back successfully”. This is supported by the more detailed mission (plan) performed within a positive, problem-solving culture that respects the values and guiding principles of the organisation.

Like the best military campaigns, the best change programmes benefit from good, detailed planning, where thoughts and ideas are challenged to see how robust they are. However, when resources are stretched and costs must be managed, an extra resource could be valuable to assist with this task.

Work with Us

This is where we can help by providing that extra resource. See our website for more information

So, what is there to lose? Give us a call on 01284 330 400 and have a chat.