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Team building in the Peak District.

IPU Group Limited Lots of layers ready for a winter ascent of Kinder Scout — the weather low down was amazing. Quick summary: To help bond a newly formed team following a significant business restructure, we designed and delivered a two-day Peak District retreat for our clients. Our base a fantastic bunkhouse in the Peak District, in the beautiful […]

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Blitzscaling

The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies. Written by Reid Hoffman & Chris Yeh. Published by Harper Collins. The blurb. From the authors of New York Times bestsellers, The Alliance and The Start-up of You, comes a smart and accessible must-have guide for budding entrepreneurs everywhere. Silicon Valley is renowned for its striking number of businesses […]

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Archi’s Jottings

Week Ending 29/9/19 Working with ORJ Law on meeting cycles What we worked on Less time than usual spent with clients, several were away, provided a welcome opportunity to catch-up with my task list. The main focus areas for the week were: Meeting cycles The ryhmn and perspectives of meetings that work together to ensure an organisation runs well and […]

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The Rise of the Ultra Runners

A Journey to the edge of human performance. Written by Adharanand Finn. Published by Guardian Faber Publishing; Main edition (16 May 2019) The Blurb. An electrifying and inspiring account of one of the toughest sports in the world. Adharanand Finn is the author of Running with the Kenyans (2012), The Way of the Runner (2015) and The […]

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Archi’s Jottings

Week ending 27/10/19 What we worked on This week presented a commonly observed quandary: Should a new hire enjoy a ‘honeymoon’ period before we measure them or set objectives? OKR’S — Objectives and Key Results Our client a sheetmetal business hired a new Operations Leader, there was a small gap between the previous leaver and the new starter and the […]

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Hardmoors 110

DISTANCE: 112 MILES. ORGANISER: HARDMOORS. ROUTE: FILEY TO HELMSLEY (CLEVELAND WAY). ASCENT: C6000M (C19,500FT). RACE TYPE: SINGLE STAGE, NON-STOP. May 2017, this weekend I completed one of the UK’s most challenging endurance events, the 112-mile footrace between Filey and Helmsley, called simply and inaccurately the Hardmoors 110. Conceived by my friend, Jon Steele, the beautiful Cleveland […]

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Archi’s Jottings

Week ending 20/10/19 The Net Promoter Formula What we worked on Moving from large corporations to regional and independent businesses as an executive, taught me many things, one lesson learned the hard way is that a smaller company does not make change or improvement easier, just different. One of the obvious differences is that you very often have […]

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Return to Namibia

Desert Ultra 2018 — Beyond The Ultimate https://medium.com/media/129bade496963d1448f03a9c71bd8229/href Beyond the Ultimate (BTU) organise a series of races covering some of the harshest environments on Earth. They follow the now established multi-day, ultra distance, self-sufficient race format pioneered by Patrick Bauer’s Marathon des Sables. In BTU’s series they cover Ice (Artic), Jungle (Amazon) and Desert (Namib). I have completed […]

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Archi’s Jottings

Week Ending 13/10/19 What we worked on This week was biased towards shaping Crawford’s future, more news on that in next weeks jottings. With clients we had a reflective week, catching up with some of the larger projects from the previous year. Strategic Facilitation — Innovation is our future I met James Till, at Allett Mowers, to review the strategic plan […]

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Trillion Dollar Coach

The Leadership Handbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell Written by Eric Schmidt, Jonathon Rosenberg and Alan Eagle Published by John Murray Publishers — 2019 The blurb. The leadership handbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell. Bill Campbell helped to build some of Silicon Valley’s greatest companies — including Google, Apple and Intuit — and to create over a trillion dollars in market value. What’s it about? […]

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Archi’s Jottings

Week Ending 6/10/19 Back with the team at IPU Group and they plan the next chapter in their story What we worked on This week provided an amazing example of the breadth of projects we get involved with, and we hope, bring our particular Crawford touch to. Team Event — Getting to know your colleagues better IPU Group, have engaged Crawford […]

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