Re-release of ‘Ensuring ROI from ERP’ White Paper

Back in 2011 I published a White Paper on ‘Ensuring ROI from ERP’ which discussed why the anticipated returns from technical and process investments are often underachieved, why two organisations investing in the same technology can have wildly differing results, why achieving a high return on corporate investment in business transformation initiatives, especially those involving technology,… [ Read more ]

Leading Through Engagement – new article published in The World Financial Review

Sean Culey’s latest article was published in the prestigious World Financial Review magazine on 01 February 2014.    In this article, Sean discusses both the opportunities and risks facing Africa’s business leaders, and lays down a challenge that he hopes will inspire them to develop inclusive, exciting companies that in turn create an inclusive and exciting economic future… [ Read more ]

IT – Business Enabler or another Functional Silo?

As an advisor and consultant to numerous businesses on implementing and maximising the value of their ERP investments, one of the more worrying facets of engagements I’ve witnessed over the last 20 years has been the increasing inability of business people, especially those from the Supply Chain, to engage, affect and influence the utilisation or… [ Read more ]

The Rise and Fall of a Retail Empire?

I was lucky enough to fit in a week’s vacation over the summer, which we spent exploring the rich tapestry of history that is Rome.  Now as I’m sure you all know, Rome was, for a while, the centre of the world – first, literally, as the hub of the Roman Empire, and second culturally,… [ Read more ]

‘From Great to Good’…has Apple reached its tipping point?

25th January 2013 – An interesting thing happened today.  Exactly one year previously, Apple was crowned the world’s most valuable company – today it lost that position to Exxon[i][ii]. To many, this might be dismissed as an insignificant blip.  However I believe it represents something much more important; I believe it represents visible evidence of… [ Read more ]

Chopping Trees vs. Sowing Seeds | Part 2 – Sowing Seeds

Investing in a Downturn… In the last post I discussed how many companies have responded to the economic downturn by taking an increasingly short term, quarterly profit based view of their business – and reducing any investment in long term activities like innovation, learning and business improvement initiatives. In doing so they are only looking… [ Read more ]

Chopping Trees vs. Sowing Seeds | Part 1 – Chopping Trees

Are we selling the future to survive today? You’d be hard pushed to find anyone who’d disagree that times are both tough and uncertain at the moment. Organisations are focusing primarily on cost cutting, spending less and less on growth and development, reducing recruitment. This is hitting both direct suppliers and service providers hard, causing… [ Read more ]

Why Culture is Key

(Or why ‘the way we do things round here’ stops us from doing things around here!) Culture exists in every organisation; it controls the way people act and behave, how they talk, how trusting they are, and most importantly, how effective they are at delivering results. It affects staff retention, brand perception and it affects… [ Read more ]

Operationalising Excellence | Making it Happen

Originally posted on January 20th, 2012 by Sean Culey Pleased to announce that my latest article for ‘The European Business Review’ was published today. This is the second of a two part series I’ve written on ‘Operationalising Excellence – Making It Happen’ and completes the trilogy of articles on the ‘7 Keys to Unlocking Organisational… [ Read more ]

Supply Chain Risk Management – 2

Towards the end of 2011, I spoke at the Harvard Business Review’s Conference on Supply Chain Risk Management in Poland, where I presented the concept that Risk Management should be incorporated into the very fabric of the business, and seen as an opportunity to evaluate the end-to-end Supply Chain, identifying its strengths, threats and weaknesses,… [ Read more ]