But how are we characterising our successes and failures? At least most business leaders do have the good grace not to take [...]
CHELSEA — Where has all the money gone? That’s a question I discussed with senior change leaders at two great international businesses this week.
When they bemoaned their business’ inability to spend, or it’s continued focus on cutting core costs, I pointed out the money their companies are sitting on.
Great big [...]
MARYLEBONE — This year is a big year of change. In technology, in the world economy, the world of sport, even in the way all our countries are run. There are elections in America, France, India…
What is more significant in a country than a change of government?
And that’s what is promised in India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Serbia, Kuwait, El Salvador, The [...]
SOUTH KENSINGTON — There was a piece in the Independent yesterday about Sir Richard Branson’s “three point plan” to get the UK economy going.
Unfortunately the plan is completely pants.
I wish it weren’t, but it is.
Years ago, when I worked in politics a very worthy husband and wife team approached my cabinet ministers with suggested [...]
EATON CENTRE, TORONTO — It’s easy to be positive when you’re on holiday. But the 30C temperatures and happy crowds on Canadian streets don’t belong to recessionary times.
KINIGHTSBRIDGE — I had a nice bowl of pasta yesterday with one of the leading lights in our business. A guy I have known for 5 years or so, and who has distinguished himself by sustaining and growing a global consulting footprint through the years.
And we complained. Like two old men down at the park.
“Things have changed.”
“There’s not much value [...]
DISTRICT LINE — What ever happened to ‘new’? Where is our sense of adventure? Where are the new faces and voices of the future?
Here we are, 11 months into a new decade and we’re still talking about some of the least interesting characters of the 80s, 90s and Noughties.
PICCADILLY CIRCUS — There’s a nicely dressed lady sitting in front of me on the bus – hair done, Dolce glasses. And she keeps falling asleep. It’s 7:50 am. And she’s on her way to work like the rest of us.
I am nervous for her neck, which keeps snapping. We don’t have the natural dexterity of a Pez [...]