Author Archives: Michael Carr

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?

Continuation to yesterdays post..

So  this morning I was just grabbing a last coffee before heading out when my wife walked in. – “What are you up to?”? “I’m just thinking that I’ve an hour before I leave and wondering what I can do to … Continue reading

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If You Want to Change the World- Make Your Own Bed

I tend to rebel against being told what to do, maybe a little of the the left brain thinking in me but I suspect more likely an element of my Irish gene lol!, but what I have also learnt over … Continue reading

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Adidas CEO Kasper Rørsted explains how to align business strategy and execution

I try to add value whenever I reach out or post rather than just regurgitate some else’s opinion but I came across two articles which I thought merited standing by themselves for your reflection. The first article is the new Adidas … Continue reading

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Where’s the Added Value?

Knock on the door.. ”Window Cleaner!” he announces, without any prelude or nicety. Caught somewhat off guard as my mind had been buried deep into a piece of work, I replied in an equally perfunctory way, “Sure- yes- crack on.. … Continue reading

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Parched Soil in Suffolk

I’m going to ask you to write something down, so reach for your pen and pad. Here in Suffolk, I guess like your part of the world, we’re enjoying some really fantastic hot weather and the ground is suffering, becoming … Continue reading

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“Think-Forward” a Business Management Toolkit

It’s been nearly two years in the making, though backed by over twenty five years of experience; last month we successfully launched the “Think-Forward” Business Management Toolkit. Designed specifically for Directors and Senior Managers to implement strategy and drive business … Continue reading

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Conviviality PLC- Spreadsheets and Risk Management

This week, Accounting Web ran the news story that Conviviality, one of the UK’s largest drinks wholesalers, had entered in administration. “The business has been in a death spiral since the beginning of March, when the retailer said its adjusted … Continue reading

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