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?

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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Trello Desktop Organiser

If your desk resembles a bridal pathway of yellow Post-it Notes then this could be the answer you’re looking for. Simple, effective and very versatile I think you’ll like it!

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Lola Sports Cars in Administration- A Directors Perspective.

As a motor sport fan, I was saddened to see the announcement this week that Lola Cars were to be placed into administration. For those of you who are unaware of whom Lola are, they are a specialist sport car racing … Continue reading

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Market Research Data

Whilst researching market data for a Client, I headed to one of my favourite portals namely the corporate banks. There is a wealth of information and market data available, predominantly compiled as a necessity to manage their risk but of … Continue reading

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Lean Systems Thinking

In the manufacturing world lean systems thinking has abounded for many a year and yet still there are many companies who have failed to adopt this philosophy. For those not familiar with this term it refers to the mindset that … Continue reading

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