Beyond Default Gets Five-star Book Review

Review by Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite “Beyond Default: Setting Your Organization on a Trajectory to an Improved Future by David Trafford and Peter Boggis is a non-fiction business book on strategic management. Beyond Default is written for companies and organizations of any size, large or small, to enable them to assess their current strategy, and then develop and execute …

What’s Your Default Strategy

Dialogue Review, 14 September 2017 Every organisation has a ‘strategy’ – whether it’s intended, or not. All organisations need a strategy; indeed all organisations have a strategy – though they may not realise it. It may not be explicitly defined or clearly articulated, but the daily decisions and actions of an organisation’s leaders reflect that strategy. The only question is …

Why is Transformational Change so Difficult?

Marketing and Networking University, 25 October 2017 All the available evidence indicates that organisations are not good at delivering transformational change. Whether the transformation involves merging with another company, replatforming core IT systems or changing culture to become more customer-centric, the success rate – in terms of achieving the targets set at the outset – is often said to be …

Why Most Strategies Fail to Deliver

MBA World, 7 November 2017 Before the financial crisis of 2008, the leaders of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) claimed that they didn’t need a strategy, as everything they did led to success! Maybe if they’d had a strategy the UK Government wouldn’t have had to inject £45 billion of taxpayers’ money to save the bank. In reality, RBS …

Beyond Default Book Review: Don’t be a Failure by Default

Executive Magazine, November 2017 “All organisations have a default future – as do individuals, families, communities and societies. It’s the place they will end up if no action is taken, other than that which is currently planned. If the default future is judged to be an attractive destination, then there is no need to take any action; you’ll arrive there …

Operationalising Ideas

Thinkers50, 28 December 2017 Ideas are important, as without ideas there can be no progress. But not all ideas are good or make a positive contribution to business and society. Some ideas may be interesting – and possibly intellectually stimulating – but are of no other value when it comes to informing organisational strategy and transformational change. The potential value …

Confronting Your Default Future

Mi Business Mag, 8 January 2018 Individually, each of us has a default future; as do our businesses, families, communities and societies. It’s the place we will end up if we take no action other than that currently planned. If the default future is aligned with your ambition and aspirations, then simply enjoy the experience and be sure to keep …

The ‘Beyond Default’ Leader

Much has been written about leadership, most of which focuses on the characteristics and behaviours of what the writer considers to be a successful leader. It could be argued that there are as many types of successful leader as there are writers on the subject. And some argue further that the distinction between leadership and management is meaningless as good …

Didn’t See That Coming

The HR Director Magazine, February 2018 edition, pages 48-49 Conventional thinking on strategy is that it begins by defining a compelling vision, complete with big, hairy, audacious goals (BHAGs). Then follows a plan for achieving the vision that is executed flawlessly. Sounds easy. So why is corporate history littered with organisations that have failed to react to change? The evidence …

Beyond Default Book Review

Review by Graham White for The HR Director “In a world that has lost sight of the ageless skill of prescience Trafford and Boggis have produced a masterpiece of writing that in less than 300 pages delivers a new and innovative approach to developing, applying and implementing executive strategy. Despite asking question after question; (three in the first sentence of …