HYDE PARK — Listen up. Especially if you’re new to consulting, or if you travel a lot on business.
A fellow called Tom Aiken (not the cook) taught me this important life lesson in a restaurant by the river in Philadephia… about 15 years ago.
I have always remembered.
“My wife and I have an agreement,” he said. “When I am travelling on [...]
MY KITCHEN, VERY EARLY — Out of the corner of my eye I spotted an article this week:
The Environmental Protection Agency set the value of a life at $9.1 million last year … [recently] the agency [had] used numbers as low as $6.8 million.
So said The [...]
Might As Well Go For a Soda
• You can listed to your local radio half-way around the world. On the 14 bus even. And I now think I may finally know why some Canadian rock and roll never found a larger audience. April Wine? Tom Cochrane? Kim Mitchell? Yea.
Google Translate Won’t Do
• Speaking [...]
IN MY KITCHEN — I was just thinking last week that triathlons and marathons have become the new mid-life crisis. And then I read the story in the Sunday Times Style Magazine: “The rise of the IRON MAN”.
Turns out that triathlons are the fastest growing mass-participation sport in the UK. The article cites [...]
LONDON — Why does W.H Smith have this new category of books in all it’s bigger stores? (See photo above.) Why are we obsessed with misery?
I was talking to someone who works in occupational health and safety last week. And I was surprised to hear that, even in heavily manufacturing businesses, the [...]
EARLSFIELD — There’s a Caffe Nero on the high street here where I take refuge on Saturday morning while waiting for kids’ activities to finish. This morning I have counted 15 dads and babies. Other days I have seen more.
There’s no special club or association as far as I know.
It’s just that Saturday morning in South West London [...]
A4 — Great news today that the transfer between Manchester United and Real Madrid of the North-west’s (least) favourite number 7, has made it into the UK’s M&A charts.
£80 million is nothing to sneeze at, but it is an interesting comment on business in 2009 that the sale [...]
WESTFIELD — It’s a bank holiday in Britain. And I am trying to entertain my horde of children. At one point yesterday there were 9 kids in my house. I have no idea where they all came from.
Yesterday was my 10-year-old’s birthday. We went out early to play tennis. On the way back we dropped [...]
LONDON — What I really like about the research that Able and How are publishing tomorrow morning is that it defies logic… but reinforces our sense of the world.
We have found that a lot of people have no idea about the future of their jobs. They don’t have communication about the future of the company, but they are essentially [...]
HURLINGHAM PARK — It’s going to be an interesting time for us, setting up a business and practicing what we preach. I was out playing tennis at 9 am with an enthusiastic 5-year-old this morning. His attention span was only slightly longer than mine. Which I find worrying. But it’s something you have to do.
The ability [...]