The Connected Economy
Business Leadership in the Connected Economy
The digital and “Connected Economy” (often referred to as “the internet of things” or IoT) has transformed many things forever – the way businesses are started, structured, funded, staffed, promoted, run, sited, managed…..in fact…..pretty much everything has been the subject of disruption. To survive, your “venture strategy” has to change with it!
It means past industry experience is no longer a marker for future success…..
Radical lateral thinking is as likely – if not more likely – to generate today’s success! New businesses and business models abound requiring agile business strategies, new management skills and different thinking. If you’re not busy disrupting your own industry, someone, somewhere, is probably working on disrupting you. Feel you need a little guidance? You’ve come to the right place.
How can we help?
Futurists, Strategists, Advisors & Mentors to business leaders; from game changing Founders to leading edge Fortune100 CEO’s ~ many well known ~ we’re focused on technology led Disruptive Innovation, Business Transformation & Agile Strategy ~ a strategy for the 21st Century’s open and connected economy.
We’re regularly engaged as Keynote Speakers to Government, Industry and Business Leaders to present on Disruptive Innovation and the Transformation that inevitably follows – unless cognisant to create it!
We challenging historic thinking on how enterprises should be organised, structured & run. Encourage Leaders to park legacy investment, policies & procedures, in order to develop fresh thinking, new strategic initiatives, and do things differently.
Offering strategic thought leadership, commercial insight, external objectivity & an independent perspective; backed by partners with an average 40 years experience developing business leaders, management teams, businesses & brands in; FMCG, Durables, b2b’s & hi-techs ~ Obi-Wan to today’s digital Luke Skywalkers!
~ your unfair competitive advantage!
Abigail Harrison - Founder, DigitalSurrey
“Martin's track record speaks for itself. His wealth of experience and ability to hone in on the specific issues, allows him to perceptively ask the hard questions and demand thoughtful answers.
Through a mentoring process of challenge, Martin enables business leaders and senior teams to understand and work on a future strategy that will deliver the required change plus consequent success. Not only that, he remains part of the change-process to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved. „
Martin Scott - Partner, Walker Morris Solicitors
“Martins strategic brainpower and towering insight, backed up by a wealth of experience and ability, make him a massively impressive individual.
His knowledge and perception results in challenging questions and his gravitas demands suitably considered responses. This is stretching, but working with Martin is immensely pleasurable and rewarding. „
Caroline Buckingham - HLM & Llewlyn Davies Architects
“Having known Martin for over 30 years I only discovered him as a mentor in the last 3 years. He made me open my eyes and importantly write down my goals, aspirations and see future opportunities.
He has great insight, is strategic in his approach and is able to ask the right questions to set you thinking. He continually challenges you, yet with Martin as your sounding board you are able to aspire to things you never thought were possible. „
Blaire Palmer, Chief Executive, That People Thing
“I hired Martin based on his track record of helping turn hard to scale companies into successful, scaleable ventures.
Within 3 months of working with him (and after more than a decade running my company) I have a business model that can scale, a value proposition that clients can understand and buy into, the beginnings of a practical business growth strategy and real clarity on how I should be investing my time to get the best return. Not bad! „
Julian Ranger - MD, Lockheed Martin STASYS
“Martin has built up, bought & sold many companies in his career and has undoubted wide-ranging executive/management skills.
Martin is now a business mentor/advisor and I would recommend anyone interested in management development who is in a CEO role to speak to Martin. „
Natalie Douglas - CEO, IDIS Pharma
“I'm working with Martin to develop an infrastructure model and strategic plan to support our ambitious & dynamic international growth strategy. His wealth of global business and strategy experience has been invaluable. He is intellectually challenging, supportive and very enthusiastic.
I'm really enjoying working with him on this project and would be happy to recommend him. „
Graham Da Costa - Founder, Shine Feedback
“The last two years working with Martin, has transformed the way I not only view myself, but equally, the way I view and run my business. Martin is straight forward, direct, to the point - this style may not fit comfortably with everyone, however, if you want to reconfirm / establish what you want from life, then reflect on the impact this will have upon your business - Martin's the guy you need to see. No question. Be prepared to be challenged, to think and take action on your deliberations and discussions though. If not - don't bother - he's rather busy! „
Jacqueline Bateson - Univar Europe
“Martin is highly experienced and easy to talk to. He is professional and has a keen sense of being able to challenge and encourage people; he has an ability to calmly and positively be able to help people rise to any challenge. He makes me feel I have more to discover about myself and develop my talents even further! „
Johann Edward - Group CEO, EIMS
“Martin is an extremely competent, experienced and knowledgeable business manager who has done it all, and has decided to give a little back. The opportunity to work with such a person is as rare as hen's teeth, because they're usually out there doing it for themselves. If you get the chance - take it! „
Dale Williams - Partner, KPMG
“Martin successfully coached and mentored a group of CEO's to deliver excellent results both personally and professionally. The members of his group thought extremely highly of Martin. „
Steve Radjen - CEO, CDD
“Martin is a focused and detailed advisor who helps you keep watch on all aspects of your business, whether it be strategic or financial. He'll then act as your advisor to ensure that you stick to and meet all your startegic business goals. A knowledgable man with a great depth of experience in all fields. „
Ben Marsh - CEO, iMeta Technologies
“Martin has been an excellent advisor / mentor to me in my role as CEO of iMeta. He brings a huge wealth of experience to his role as our Chairman, not to forget his huge energy and enthusiasm . I find our monthy meetings challenging and rewarding. „
Robert Drew - CEO, Vistage International
“I have found Martin to be an excellent business person with a great track record of managing businesses, many being his own. He fully understands the Chief executive role and makes a great contribution to the group he currently chairs.
Further Martin is a very pleasant person to be with and has a wide raneg of interests which make him a delight to be with. „
Garry Moore - MD, Burnett & Associates plc
“Martin has been Chairman of my group for almost a year now and brings a huge depth of knowledge and experience in running and growing a business, from both the creative and financial aspects. „
Ted Greenwood - CEO, Amsafe Bridport
“I found Martin to be extremely entrepreneurial and imaginative and, I would suggest, a great advisor to business leaders seeking either to grow through acquisition or extract maximum value through the sale of their business.
There is also a sensitive side to Martin - people matter as much as numbers. His work with me was based mainly on helping me prepare for retirement.
If you own and control your business, I would definitely recommend Martin as someone who could easily increase your wealth. „
Martin works as a Chairman or Non-Exec / Gov’ Advisor / Futurology Strategist & CEO Mentor to business leaders ~ from maverick Founders to a select number of Fortune100 CEO's, taking their businesses through transformation, material change or re-invention.
A visiting professor & author focused on technology led Disruptive Innovation, Business Transformation & the application of Agile Strategy ~ a strategy for the 21st Century's open & connected economy with oversight utilising Radical Management Theory.
Martin regularly speaks to Government, Industry & Business Leaders covering the pressing need to re-invent as a result of the connected economy, where he challenges historic thinking on how enterprises should be organised, structured & run and (successfully!) encourages Leaders to park legacy investment, policies & procedures, in order to develop fresh thinking and new strategic initiatives.
Offering strategic thought leadership, commercial insight, external objectivity & an independent perspective; backed by 40 years experience developing leaders, management teams, businesses & brands in; FMCG, Durables, b2b's & hi-techs.
Previously Martin has worked internationally in small, medium & large, private & public organisations, some owned by others, many owned personally. A career started as a management trainee with "blue chip" FMCG's followed by promotion through the ranks to Worldwide Head of Marketing at Diageo (with £12Bn in revenues from brands such as; Smirnoff J&B Cinzano Cointreau Baileys Captain Morgan Bombay Sapphire Gordons).
To PriceWaterhouseCoopers, specialising in strategy, acquisitions & disposals, then self employment; acquiring or founding 50+ businesses, adding value & exiting. If this sounds like the sort of seasoned eye you're seeking, get in touch!
It was Robert A Rice Jr who famously said "An entrepreneur without funding is like a musician without an instrument" and how right he was.
Ian works as a trainer, consultant, author, coach and Chartered Accountant with near 20 years experience, practicing, training and coaching senior business managers and directors.
This has given him real insight and a depth of practical experience that brings business and finance topics to life, for directors and their senior management teams.
He's worked with organisations from the private and public sectors including many SMEs, BT, Northern Foods, Edexcel, The Learning Skills Network, The Welsh Development Agency, adidas, Next, Vetco Gray, Linpac, The Shareholder Executive plus Barclays to name but a few.
Ian also lectures on the MBA programmes at Aston and Warwick Business Schools, has written two books on shareholder value and Value-Based Management (VBM) and regularly presents to senior executives around the UK.
What this means is, he understand how to translate finance, P&Ls, Balance Sheets, Ratios etc, into every day language that you can pick up and run with.
Nothing gives Ian greater pleasure than "seeing the lights go on" as someone without professional training in finance, suddenly "gets it", understand how they can harness the numbers to know what's going on in their business ~ and the businesses of their competitors!
Finance is Ian's thing, so, let us know how we can make complex financial management, an every day topic you'll both understand and enjoy?