Insights, ideas and inspiration

Most of our blog entries can be read in two or three minutes. One or two go into greater depth and others are bite-sized. All are intended to share with you insights, ideas or inspiration that we hope you will find useful, interesting or energising.

Building Business Agility Part 2

Planned Ascent’s coaching framework, Growth Mapping, supports clients who want to increase business agility and accelerate growth.

This blog is the second in a series entitled Building Business Agility.

Each blog in the series will look in more detail at different components of the Growth Mapping framework and their impact on business agility.

This one considers Your Business Model.

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Building Business Agility Part 1

Planned Ascent’s coaching framework, Growth Mapping, supports clients who want to increase business agility and accelerate growth.

Central to it is the belief that to create a more agile business, three layers of a business must first be aligned with that objective, and with each other: Ownership, Business Model and Operating System.

This blog is the first in a series entitled Building Business Agility. Each blog in the series will look in more detail at different components of the Growth Mapping framework and their impact on business agility, starting with the first of these three central layers: Ownership.

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Our Response to Covid-19

Covid-19 has presented all of us with a set of circumstances and challenges of which we have no direct prior experience. 

If there is something good to have come out of it already, perhaps it is the way it has obliged all of us to quickly and critically examine how we create and deliver value for our customers and, importantly, for the wider community.

In trying to work through this conscientiously and authentically, it also tests our values and how we choose to interpret and apply them to a completely new context.

In this blog, we describe our first response, the thoughts that shaped it and the new offer we have created as a result.

This complements our existing products whilst being quite distinct from it, reflecting the new realities we are all responding to.

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Effective Delegation: A Simple Framework for Success

Is poor delegation leading to frustration, feelings of being overworked or instilling a blame culture within your team? Read on to discover the signs of poor delegation and how you can improve for a happier and more productive workplace.

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How to Improve Cohesion in your Team

Great teamwork is inspiring and at some stage most of us have either experienced or benefited from it. So what are the features of a team that ensure or improve its cohesion? Take a look at our checklist to discover where you could improve cohesion within your team.

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The 5 Most Important Improvements A Business Coach Can Help With

A good business coach will understand that what feels most important to different individuals and businesses, even in the face of similar circumstances, will vary widely. Nonetheless, there are five key improvements you should expect from working with a business coach.

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A Playbook for Business Model Innovation

We recently reviewed "Reinvent Your Business Model - How to Seize the White Space for Transformative Growth" by Mark W Johnson. This is essentially a playbook which includes a four-box framework for understanding what business model innovation is and how to apply it in different contexts.

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Business Tales #1: A Resilience Test for a Digital Marketing Agency

Listen to the first episode in our new podcast series Business Tales, in which we talk to businesses about their challenges and how they are taking steps towards overcoming them.

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How To Communicate Effectively As A Business Leader

What's the secret to communicating effectively as a business leader? There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but by following our advice you could be on your way to developing your own communication style that helps you better deliver your message.

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What Can a Business Coach Help With?

The scope of what a business owner may want from, or for their business will vary from one person and context to the next. One owner’s focus might be holistic whereas another may wish to prioritise a particular challenge or opportunity. In this blog post we'll take a look at exactly what issues a business coach can help with.

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Building A Story Brand by Donald Miller

Our latest book review is on "Building A Story Brand" by Donald Miller. The book deconstructs elements of a great story and explains how we can use this story framework to write a clear description of our business that helps us better communicate and position our business to potential customers.

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