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Stephen Archer is a speaker with great charisma. By using illustrations and personal experiences and not being afraid to share his own point of view of the current situation and who is to blame for it, he engages the whole audience, at the same time helping us all to understand the credit crunch a little better.

— Warwick Business School

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Leaders under pressure: the implications

September 4th, 2015 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
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The first casualty of pressure is truth. Truth, really? When leaders are under too much pressure then they cease to be able to see reality and compound this with self-denial that they are in any way at fault. Everyone has a pressure limit and it affects people in different ways. It might be argued that…


UK 2015 Election – A surprise? It should not have been

May 11th, 2015 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
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On October 10th 2014 I made my one and only tweet predicting the outcome of the 2015 election 7 months later: Conservatives a small majority, Labour second and Lib dems a rout. I also made two that were slightly off: a low turnout (it was average) and 10 seats for UKIP, they got 1 seat…


InfIuence without Authority

March 12th, 2015 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
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I am frequently faced with the challenges of leadership in organisations; the disempowered, the disenfranchised and the undermined people who struggle to get done what their apparent authority should make relatively easy. Or more crucially they may lack the assigned authority but quite reasonably seek to influence outcomes in their organisation. A vital skill for…


2015: A complex year already

February 1st, 2015 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
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We are hearing of a healthy UK economy in 2015, but is it another false dawn? There are many good indicators but fewer are the result of government action than George Osborne would have you believe.  Let’s take some key points: Growth: it will be good for the UK but it will not have any…


Tesco Drops: Leadership and ‘Group Think’

November 3rd, 2014 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
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Tesco this year has seen its share price fall by 25% and eight directors have been suspended following the over reporting of profits by £250m. The Financial Conduct Authority is looking into the matter and now even the Serious Fraud office has expressed an interest in the situation. All this is on top of the…


Greece and Scotland – Unlikely comparisons?

October 13th, 2014 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

For three hundreds years Scotland, made up of a mainland and many islands has been part of the UK. For nearly 15 years Greece made up of a mainland and many islands has been part of the Euro – the ‘ultimate’ member status of the EU. Greece has had a torrid time as a member…


Big Mergers 2+2=3

June 3rd, 2014 by Stephen Archer | View Comments

Mergers and acquisitions may excite the markets and shareholders on both sides but their record of success in delivering the anticipated benefits is not good. Around 80% fail on the key measures of synergies, costs savings and growth in shareholder value. No matter if they are small medium or large, mergers hold high risks. Nonetheless,…


What have we learnt from the Great 2008 to present recession?

March 3rd, 2014 by Stephen Archer | View Comments
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‘Great Recession’? Of course not greater than the Great War 100 years ago but let us not forget the lessons of this lesser skirmish since it arguably affected so many people. It was (and still is) the greatest economic crisis since 1929 – the so-called Great Depression. So what are the lessons for businesses? 1.…


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