“Recession, regulation and rain” or change management

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CHELSEA — It’s quarterly reporting season. And there are goods and bads like we haven’t seen in a while.  BP has good news.  Shell has bad news. But how are we characterising our successes and failures?  At least most business leaders do have the good grace … Read More

Raising money

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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 … Read More

2012: A year of change

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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 … Read More

Sorry, Sir Richard, that’s not it…

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  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 … Read More

Modern change management and internal communications

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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 … Read More

New today: Michael Jackson, George Bush and Susan Boyle

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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 … Read More

Research says we want a ‘job for life’: so, do you want to be Queen or Pope?

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LONDON — There’s a great report out now from my old mates at Towers Watson. It’s called the Global Worksforce Survey. They do it every year, and it has lots of interesting stuff in it. [Although don’t be fooled into trying to order it from here– … Read More

John Lewis & Co-op are not numpties

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DISTRICT LINE — I love the way that the mainstream of public discourse can so easily reject different approaches as silly. I didn’t see the show on John Lewis last Wednesday — Inside John Lewis. A friend of mine did though. And he says they were … Read More

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