ICR International has a very successful history of providing Business Management skills to supplement existing skills or to assist companies experiencing short term difficulties.
The ICR International approach calls for objective analysis and decisive planning followed by measured implementation. Companies experiencing difficulties can sometimes need change to remove complacency whilst at other times they simply need to lift the intensity of execution.
ICR International does not employ a ‘formula’ for business management but rather, uses the considerable experience of its managers to review, interpret and action plans that deliver success.
Business Management takes various forms:
Contract Senior Management
ICR International has on numerous occasions been contracted to manage a business with particular needs. These businesses have ranged in size from the modest wishing to grow to $1.5B in existing turnover.
ICR International is a group of like-minded managers, all of whom have practical, ‘hands on’ management backgrounds. We judge our success by the success of those with whom we work.
Whilst we believe in focussed planning, incisive action and tight control, we also believe in developing a fast response culture and a commitment throughout the organisation to:
Passion & Intensity of Execution
Sound communication of tasks
Strong organisational values and behaviours that are consistent and appropriate
Our success is measured by how we leave a project and not by the reports we produce.
Providing Management for 'Orphan Opportunities'
ICR International can provide ‘fast-moving’ contracted management that can assess, plan and implement strategies centring on opportunities that are at that time, peripheral to a companies short term requirements.
As these opportunities have no immediate corporate priority, they are known as ‘orphan opportunities’ and they come in many forms - products or services, channels of distribution, markets, subsidiaries or even a more critical and close review of current processes.
Common to them all is a belief in the potential for growth and profit, a lack of immediately available, experienced management and a suspicion that value will erode over time, unless given early attention.
Corporations need experienced, flexible and over-skilled management
‘on demand’ to assess and develop value in orphan opportunities.
Why do Orphan Opportunities exist?
There are a variety of factors that give birth to ‘orphan projects.
Successful CEO’s and other senior managers are always looking forward and share an ability to see future opportunities. Rarely if ever do they have the human resources on stand-by to develop those opportunities in a timely manner.
Down-sizing has thinned management ranks and the most talented management is assigned to immediate survival priorities. Long term opportunities become ‘orphans’ and non-core subsidiaries, brands and channels lose their value.
Corporations are evolving through acquisition and post acquisition strategy is focussed on synergy and cost cutting. Opportunities to grow businesses need to be exploited without becoming distracting.
Not all businesses funded by venture capital turn out as planned. Poor planning, management performance, basic disciplines or changes in market conditions can get in the way.
Today’s orphan’s can be tomorrow’s growth
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