Andrew Gorecki
Andrew Gorecki, MD of Retail Directions, has worked with the retail industry since 1985. Industry insiders appreciate his strategic advice and insights, as he lives and breathes for the industry. Andrew received a nomination for the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010.

Don’t clean your dirty shelves

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In the early 1990s I worked at McEwans, which later morphed into Bunnings. To learn more about the business and how it operates, I would help out every Saturday on the shop floor at a branch located near where I lived.

One Saturday, I noticed dirt on the shelves in the paint department. My initial reaction was to clean them myself, but then it occurred to me: what if other stores have the same problem?

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WEN – White Elephant Network

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In its mid-September issue of ‘Boss’ insert magazine The Australian Financial Review wrote about NBN and its CEO Bill Morrow. In one of the opening paragraphs the author of the feature, Joanne Gray, said that Morrow “tries to ensure the country’s biggest single infrastructure project since the Snowy Mountains hydroelectric scheme does not turn into a $50 billion white elephant.”

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Do you really need training?

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Training attracts no controversy. On the contrary, people see it as a necessary activity, believing that it improves productivity and empowers employees. Almost ritualistically, many organisations invest in training, while the media routinely portrays it as an important factor in securing Australia’s economic future.

Yet, no one could argue that all training delivers the same value. Furthermore, have you ever considered that in some circumstances training could actually harm your business?

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We Don’t Deliver on Fridays

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Some years ago a small brewery in the UK became increasingly successful. The manager of the local supermarket called them to arrange for an additional delivery on Fridays, because the beer had become so popular that it sold out by Saturday each week.

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The Enigma of Quality

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Has it occurred to you to look at today’s digitally connected world as a living organism? Internet links can be viewed as synapses connecting this global nervous system, where each person plugged into it behaves like a sensory or a neuron cell. Internet storage then acts as memory.

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The Secret to Successful Empowerment

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At first glance, the radical corporate cultures that frequently make the headlines appear progressive, perhaps even revolutionary. But don’t be fooled. Bean bags, undefined workdays and unlimited leave policies don’t drive business success – quite the opposite.  They only become possible when a business experiences an extraordinary upsurge, reflecting a ‘philosophy of success’ created after success has already been achieved.

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Why Bother to Budget?

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When asked by business owners or senior executives how to improve their business, I usually give the same answer: adopt Deming’s Management Method, known as Total Quality Management (TQM).

TQM helps businesses evolve towards higher quality management. The effectiveness of the approach has been well proven and, though it can be a difficult management methodology to adopt, the results it delivers far outweigh the work required.

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Serenity, Courage & Wisdom

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In his famous Serenity Prayer, American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

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