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

Leadership and transformation: It’s not what you think

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BALTIMORE TRAIN STATION — Harvard Business Review has a cover story about Apple founder Steve Jobs. THE REAL LEADERSHIP LESSONS OF STEVE JOBS The title is not capitalised like that, but it might as well be.  It screams from the news-stand. And maybe some people will … Read More

Details, dress & diplomacy: Why your big brain won’t always be enough

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LONDON — There are several converging thoughts in this article.  All of which are probably likely to get me in trouble. For this is a topic that we should be able to talk about, but many forces conspire against it. As background to this, there are … Read More

The fine line between business vanity and genius…

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FULHAM — The title should read: “The fine line between business vanity and genius: that’s change management.” But it was too long. I have just read about the Galacticos Island this morning.  A billion-dollar plan to build a Real Madrid theme-park island in the UAE.  It … Read More

Consulting: The Tuna Fish Sandwich Rule

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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 … 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

Heart and Seoul: Why I want to work in Korea

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LONDON — It’s been hard not to think about Korea this week.  But I have different things on my mind.  Not the loss of a dictator.  Not the worry that still has South Korean’s practicing evacuations like WWII Britain and Cold War America. I am thinking … Read More

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