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?

“We’ve Just Engineered a Tool for Delivering Stem Cells, Mid Brain”

The statement above was quietly delivered by a Dr Stone, a Clinical Scientist at Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge. at a presentation that I attended last night. I sat amongst the audience and took in what he had just said; the capability … Continue reading

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The Bhagavad Gita

Searching for a book for my recent long haul trip, my wife rather appropriately, suggested The Bhagavad-Gita, a series of Hindu spiritual readings relating to life on earth. There was one particular story that caught my eye, entitled – The Graduation … Continue reading

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Are Your Profits under Threat?

I note from this week’s Sunday papers that Ernest Young Accountants, reported that profit warnings were at their highest since the 2008 crisis. The comment is made that “many UK companies still face sluggish, disrupted and competitive forces with Brexit … Continue reading

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CPD – Business Analyst Certification

Shifting boxes in the loft is great fun isn’t it? –banging your head on the beams and scratching with the loft insulation, but sometimes it is enjoyable as you unpack, long forgotten boxes, wondering why you put them there in … Continue reading

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Army Veteran’s Discipline cuts Used-Car Recon Time in Half

It’s the start of a new year, I hope you’ve had a great break and are coming back refreshed with new ideas to drive your business forward. Just come across this interesting article in Automotive News; thought you’d like. The … Continue reading

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Morality and Margin Management

At the weekend I was shopping at a well known high street supermarket when my eye was caught by an end gondola display of Men’s Body wash with a Special Offer price of 95p.  “A good buy” I thought to … Continue reading

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AIDA – An Ariel Atom In Oxford Street London

Attention Interest Desire Action The classic sales cycle approach that we all know and brilliantly and ably demonstrated this afternoon by the motor sport crew of a firm called Ariel. Are you thinking this inventively about your sales AIDA? Enjoy … Continue reading

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Procrastination and The Cartesian Questions

Yesterday I was following up the progress of a project with a Client. The project has been initiated by them some eight months ago but as of yesterday it still hadn’t got off the starting blocks. The initial flurry of activity, … Continue reading

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It’s Not An Elephant In The Room It’s A Blinking Big Tiger!

In the classic 1969 film, The Italian Job, the character Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine, went to collect his Aston Martin where it had been in storage following his enforced visit as a guest of Her Majesty’s Prison. A … Continue reading

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Lewis Hamilton Tweets – A Board Meeting Topic?

For those that missed it, this weekend racing driver Lewis Hamilton “Tweeted” his race car telemetry performance, detailing ride height, camber setting etc. Fascinating info indeed if you’re a fan, gold dust if you’re a competitor. I was incredulous that … Continue reading

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