This is a big step into the unknown for me. For months I have been prevaricating over setting up a blog until it was properly planned and thought through as to format and content.

You see, as you come to learn about me, I like things to be organised and structured, my desk and office, clutter free, I only have one icon on my screen and as for my data structure….well…lets just say that Glen Close has nothing on me!

So to launch a blog site that is very much embryonic and certainly not yet to the presented standard that I would want – shall we say I’m not exactly in my comfort zone? – So why do it?

It’s because I’m interested to see if within this frentic, data overloaded and pressured commercial environment there is actually time to stop and think things through and to try things that are away from our norm. One Director I work with drives me demented because it’s impossible to hold a conversation of any meaningful length without his Blackberry buzzing, the door opening and the e-mails beeping. I find it hard to get the message across “take a breath!” I am slowly getting through to him – bless him, he’s a lovely guy to work with but very much of the mentality that “if I’m not doing something, I’m not working -right?” – no actually you’re wrong- you’re thinking…….

I guess it’s the same in our business strategy, if we plan everything before committing, perhaps the opportunity will be gone, if we go at it like the proverbial bull in a china shop how much effort will we consume; there has to be a balance of course.

So I’ve embarked on this path; I thought I’d try it “his way” and I’m interested to see how we progress.

I welcome you to travel with me and to share, critique and contribute.

I look forward to hearing from you.


About Michael Carr

Specialising in Strategy, Systems and Organisational Design I've had a varied and rewarding career and been fortunate to work for some superb companies such as Courtaulds, Unipart International, Akzo Nobel and more recently Jaguar Landrover, all luminaries of a solid, disciplined and a conservative, though never lacking in innovation, approach to business management and development. Augmenting my career with studying for my MBA at Warwick in the early 90's has given me a balanced and I believe rich resource set to draw upon in my Consultancy Practice. My Clients have been good to me, tolerating my idiosyncrasies, giving me enough rope to go along the journey that I was taking them and hopefully in return I've been able to repay them by raising the bar and their business performance, giving them the results and achievements they were looking for. I really enjoy my work and love the challenge - isn't that what it's all about?
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