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Bob Bradley

Bob is a specialist in running high value added service businesses, having run five such businesses as General Manager, Managing Director or Chief Executive. His last employed role was as Chief Executive of a £16M, 200 person family owned business having previously been Chief Executive of an AIM listed company for which he raised £5M funding and which he grew from £4M to £12M in three years through two acquisitions and organic growth, and a corporate PLC subsidiary where he was Managing Director responsible for delivering £10M profit on £45M turnover through 450 staff.

Bob is now following a portfolio career providing entrepreneurial business leaders with mentoring and coaching around business leadership, business growth, merger integration and exit planning.

Core to his portfolio is MD2MD. Having experienced for himself the value of having a strong sounding board of fellow Managing Directors he founded MD2MD to provide groups of business leaders with a confidential environment within which they can support and challenge each other to raise their game as leaders and by doing so improve the success of their organisation.

Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growth

Regular readers will know I am fan of theTrampolineMan’s Blog and Jim’s book reviews. And I’m pleased to say I’ve found a new one todaySpeciality Bites that is also the views of an Active SME Managing Director. And whilse I’m at it, I’d highlight a couple of more specialist blogs by SME Managing Directors that I follow:  Direct mail / email blog and Marketing

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Sales

I’m not going to do a massive amount of blogging on how to generate leads with Google as there is plenty of information on this topic available on the web and this is a blog for SME Business Leaders. What I did think might be useful for some readers though was a brief introduction to some of the concepts and

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Marketing

I’m still unsure about Twitter. I think the ‘I’m having a cup of tea’ style postings are a fad – as fashion that will go away … but I can see how it has potential for a lot of multiple niche applications … so I thought I’d just post a few ideas. Example 1 – You are a politician with

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Effective managementEntrepreneurial ambition & growthLeading behaviours

I always used to believe decisiveness to be a good attribute for a business leader … and I guess I still do … normally.  It can be very confusing and demoralising for staff to be left in a vacuum. I do though nowadays recognise that there are times when it is right to take time about a decision for good

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Effective managementEntrepreneurial ambition & growthOperations & Quality

Six steps summarised from the Harvard Business Review.  Full article here Pursue what you love Do the hardest work first Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses Take regular renewal breaks Ritualize practice

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growthLeading behaviours

I have just updated my LinkedIn profile to show my 100 year goal. A rather strange timescale you might think, but there IS a logic! Let me explain! This 100 year goal idea was put to me at an MD2MD meeting a few years ago. And of course the idea is that we won’t be here then, so in reality

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growthSales

Mike Clare went from 1 store selling beds, to the largest retailer of beds in the UK with 250 Dreams Superstores.  At the MD2MD LeaderFest conference for business leaders and directors in September, he shared his philosophy for success based on the 4 P’s: Perseverance – If you really believe in, and are committed to what you are doing, don’t give up – even when it

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Business StrategySales

I read a lot.  Because I’m always busy (in itself a weakness I’m working on) it’s mainly articles, but when I go on holiday I get the chance to read the real thing – books!  And when I read analysis and advice I look for two things: Does it pass the Hardybee test? Does it appear sensible to me? Does

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Business StrategyEntrepreneurial ambition & growthStaff & teams

What are Unwritten Ground Rules? What do they have to do with Corporate Culture? That was my reaction; now I understand I will look at every work place in a totally enlightened way. Steve Simpson, an international speaker from Australia, attended the October meeting for business leader’s group MD2MD and gave a fascinating insight into what could really be going on in

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Entrepreneurial ambition & growthOperations & QualityStaff & teams

An interesting side comment in the interview with Sir Clive Woodward was when he was asked about how, as coach, you deal with a captain, or indeed any player, who won’t listen and play to the coach’s strategy.  Again some interesting lessons on leadership for business leaders! Sir Clive admitted that he had run into difficulties with top players, brilliant

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