Your Best People with John Hale

Your strategic future should be your top priority.  If you have a strategy and if it is to be valuable, it should identify the capabilities, competencies and skills you need to win in the future. Your next priority is to identify your very best (and often scarce) people and bring them together to execute and deliver on the very specific and unique capabilities you need to win. If you don't have [...]

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Click Digital with John Hale

At HCG, we think of business growth in five (5) stages. EXISTENCE - Get Customers, Deliver Product. SURVIVAL - Cash Flow, Early Positioning. SUCCESS - Quality People, Strategic Planning. TAKE-OFF - Operational Excellence, Teamwork. MATURITY - Control Systems, Sale/Merger. At last week's Brisbane Digital Click 2017 Expo, HCG's John Hale shared the secrets to business growth along with some digital strategy, which included the 4 Rs. A. REACH - link [...]

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Stop the Law with John Hale

If you are studying law, seriously consider stopping. Young lawyers are already starting to be replaced by software. Evolving legal AI software gives advice within seconds and with far greater accuracy. Some experts predict that we will need 90% fewer lawyers in the very near future. Shutterstock Image

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Getting HR on the bus with John Hale

At HCG, we advise clients that when it comes to strategy, the first step is getting the right people on the bus and in the right seats.  This sometimes means getting the wrong people off the bus. HR is needed to help find and move people.  Once the right management team is in place and happily driving the strategy, the trap Boards, Executive and HR Directors may fall into is to [...]

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Closer to the Edge with John Hale

In business, superior rewards are the result of taking calculated risks. A business’s growth will be maximized if it regularly extends just beyond its current edge of functioning. If businesses do not extend themselves, they stagnate. When businesses push the envelope too far, they create stresses that are destabilizing. The same is true of life. Finding those moments of growth from leaning even closer to one’s real edge can be the [...]

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Unreasonable Rewards with John Hale

In many ways, we are all created equal. Yet we evolve at different speeds. Shutterstock Differing and disproportionately abundant rewards flow to those fast and curious few, who constantly strive to make purposeful and enduring heartful contributions to the world. Are you moving fast enough, in the right direction and playing from your heart?  If you know you aren't or you aren't sure, maybe we can help?  Contact us at HCG if [...]

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Killing Options with John Hale

Competitive advantage is defined as superior performance that results from sustainably higher prices, lower costs or both.  This means companies must make decisions that shift relative prices or relative costs in their favor. Shutterstock Image The word decide comes from the Latin root word cis, which means to 'cut' or 'kill.'  Strategic decision-making is often about 'cutting off' all possibilities except for one; if you are decisive, you 'kill' [...]

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Good Designs with John Hale

Iconic Australian Architect Harry Seidler once said, “Good design does not date.” Last week HCG was the guest of Hilton Hotels and we dined with them in Brisbane, beneath their soaring atrium designed by Harry Seidler 30 years ago.  The great space and distinctive curved feature walls and staircases are still a delight to behold. Life is too short for bad designs.  If you are not a designer and you [...]

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