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How The Three Horizons Help Your Business

When it comes to innovation, at hgkc, we use the Three Horizons of Growth model with our clients. This is a concept developed by McKinsey that helps businesses focus their attentions between running their business today and innovating for the future. The framework helps you focus on your innovation and growth helping you to concentrate on executing already existing business processes whilst continuing to develop new capabilities for the future of your company.

Why Should You Enter Our Business Plan Competition?

Why are people put off from entering business competitions? 

Sometimes it can be the cost, the entry fee is not worth the time and effort it takes to fill out all the forms. Competitions can ask far too many questions that you don’t feel are relevant and your application doesn’t even receive any feedback unless you win. The process ends up taking too much time, it’s all about the competition and you don’t get anything from it. It may not seem like entering One Good Turn… will be any different. That would be wrong and let me tell you why you should enter our business plan competition.

Share Your Ambition and Tell Your Story

hgkc and DISCsimple have launched One Good Turn… their annual business plan competition, for the second year running and we want to give you some tips on how to complete the perfect business plan. When sitting down to create it you need to build a picture. Share your story and outline your ambition, say what your objectives are and what you want to achieve. You need to ensure you are creative and authentic when you start to write your plan.

One Good Turn...2022

hgkc and DISCsimple are excited to announce the return of our annual competition One Good Turn…!

Our competition started January last year as many businesses and their owners struggled to plan throughout the lockdowns caused by coronavirus. We at hgkc teamed up with long term collaborators DISCsimple to offer businesses the chance to win our services. Our mission was to help businesses recover from the fall out of the pandemic and we want to continue our mission this year!

The Challenges of Digital Innovation

Peter Quintana is joined by Tom Henson (Managing Director of First Solution) and Christopher Shanks (Head of Technology at First Digital) to talk about digital transformation - how the term has become over-used and the work to achieve continues to be under-estimated. In a wide-ranging conversation that touches on McKinsey's three horizons, First Digital's own Innovation Committee, and the BEANS (Behaviour Enablers, Artifacts, and Nudges) that encourage an innovation culture, you will discover valuable insights into how to make more of digital innovation in your organisation.

Watch the discussion below, and download The Challenges of Innovation Worksheet here.

The challenges of changing company culture

The biggest obstacles standing in the way of the innovation needed to emerge strongly from the pandemic are often related to company culture, and challenges such as resistance to change and no shared purpose have caused many business owners either to give up or to decide not even to try. However, there are ways to change and embed new cultures that are more open to innovation and where the most un-tapped source of energy - natural creativity and curiosity of employees - is encouraged to flourish.  

In this wide-ranging conversation, Peter Quintana and Carly Brunsden explore the challenges of changing company culture and offer valuable tips and insights based on their experiences working with business leaders. 

Exit planning - the biggest transaction?

In collaboration with Matt West at Metro Bank, with special guest Jason Milkins from Roxburgh Milkins, we hosted a roundtable looking at how to successfully plan your exit from your business. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on business owners, influencing many to start thinking about their Exit Strategy now. Long standing owners and business leaders are struggling with whether to scale down their business or expand and create a legacy before leaving.

How thinking about the future can help businesses improve their resiliency, even in times of uncertainty

The future is unpredictable. Even if we were not struggling through a pandemic that hasn’t been seen in living memory, we cannot predict what will happen tomorrow. There are many potential futures that could unfold, and we could make assumptions based on past experience and probabilities. However, when we have not lived through something before, relying on your gut feeling is not enough. In the HBR webinar: Learning from the Future, J. Peter Scoblic discusses the problems of relying on past events to understand the future: instead, he suggests we must turn towards an imagined future.

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