Author Archives: Ralph Newbigin
About Ralph NewbiginRalph is a detail-oriented leader who gets things done. As a partner at Incrementa Consulting, he ensures there are no gaps in which execution can fail. You can connect with Ralph on Twitter or read more of his thoughts on the Incrementa website.
May 23, 2017 . .
For many years, I was a banker. I worked in many locations, carrying out many roles, in areas of high trust and integrity. Although it shouldn’t, when a scandal in the financial sector occurs it still shocks me. That started me thinking about who we trust and why. How the way we view an individual, can [...]Read More
October 20, 2016 . .
My wife thinks that I’m crazy…all because I feel gloomy about the economy, and yet at the same time, I feel invigorated to achieve operational improvement. Why? I’ve ridden enough financial meltdown rodeos to be able to recognise the warning signs. In case I’m right, we should start using our 20/20 hindsight and look for [...]Read More
July 26, 2016 . .
It may not show on the outside, but most days I love what I do. I recognize that I am lucky to work in a field that I both enjoy and am good at, where I know that my contribution is valued. I also work in a company that puts a lot of emphasis on [...]Read More
May 29, 2016 . .
There are plenty of games, like “Simon Says,” that we play as children that involve leadership. We all stretch our hands up and beg to be picked to lead the game. This trend continues throughout adolescence – wanting to choose your team at P.E. or wanting to pick the best students for the science project, [...]Read More
April 26, 2016 . .
When I decided to write a blog about productivity I immediately did some research on the subject. I looked at a variety of different websites and scholarly articles. There was article, after article on how to engage young employees. Fundamentally, I felt there was a missing element…and a vital one at that! Most western countries are facing [...]Read More
March 15, 2016 . .
I’m going to start with this quote by Alexandre Dumas because I’m about to generalize business growth. “All generalisations are dangerous, including this one.” There seem to be endless opinions of the “best” formula for growth. Some want you to focus on sales. Some on strategy. Others, product, marketing or, possibly, service. Sometimes the formula is to [...]Read More
Do you generally delay starting tasks that you enjoy? No, nor do I! The interesting thing is that if we delay doing a task we enjoy, it’s called delayed gratification (a sure measure of success), but if it is a task we dislike, then it’s procrastination. So, where should we draw the line between delayed [...]Read More
January 26, 2016 . .
Research shows that goal setting is of vital importance en-route to success, but then goes on to show that only about 5% of people actually write down their goals. Does that mean 95% of people are unsuccessful? During a recent conversation, I found goal setting compared to being like a short “to-do” list. (I should [...]Read More
It’s at this time of year that I hear friends and relations commenting (complaining) about the winter weather – the dark mornings, the short days, the rain! Although admittedly I’m not a big fan of these, I embrace them wholeheartedly as they bring with them the upside of the winter – snow – skiing, ice [...]Read More
November 5, 2015 . .
To Trademark or not to Trademark….that is the question. It is an important one when it comes to creating a brand or business. In the news earlier this year, we saw Taylor Swift looking to trademark some song lyrics, leading to much media mocking and indignation. But when business gurus started analyzing it, it actually [...]Read More