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?

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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Website Update

If you care to hop across to the website you’ll find that we’ve updated it to more accurately reflect the type of work we’re involved with; it’s still work in progress with the more recent case studies to be uploaded … Continue reading

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A Suprise and Delight

My colleague’s face was priceless to see whilst they were unwrapping their new iPhone. The packaging was crisp, the box almost hermetically sealed, whilst the phone inside was an engineering triumph of functionality that was lovingly caressed. I often refer to … Continue reading

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Good News Today

By way of levity to the doom and gloom mongers that seem to pervade our news broadcasts I thought I’d share a collection of good news that I have read this week from some of your colleagues. Glasgow packaging firm Macfarlane has … Continue reading

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Sage Software Survey

Business organisations are emerging from the recession with business processes and work flow cycles that are hindering their ability to make the most of the tentative economic recovery” so says a computing survey of over 150 IT decision makers in … Continue reading

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Business Model Generation

I have often written about how the world is slowly being turned on its head and how Directors need to think long and hard about how robust their own organisations value proposition is within the market place. Last week Kodak … Continue reading

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Costa Concordia Disaster Recovery

You’re just finishing off your evening meal, swirling the remains of wine in your glass and reflecting on today. “It was a good meeting, we got a lot done; this will be a good year” and then the phone rings… … Continue reading

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Pause For Thought

This Blog is written with a clear intent in mind. It is written to cajole, nudge, prompt and make you, the Director and Senior Manager, stop and think about what is happening within your organisation. If you survived last year … Continue reading

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Wishing You A Prosperous & Happy 2012

“Once more onto the breach dear friends” Wishing you a peaceful, prosperous and happy new year. Mike

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