The origins of branding

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LONDON — Some of us at Able and How have been spending a lot of the last few months in the desert. Our host country also contains the remarkable Museum of Islamic Art.  A beautiful building designed by I. M. Pei. Its remarkable collection is made … Read More

Hogan Lovells: A few words of support for Andrew McGinty

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LONDON — It’s a silly time for news stories. But everyone seems to love a “bad business” story. So I feel sorry for Lovells’ man in China. He sent out a note to try to rally his senior staff and get them into the office on … 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

The end of brand nationalism?

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LONDON — It’s been a busy few months. Apologies for not having written sooner.  When there is a lot on you sometimes don’t get the thoughts through to the page. A stack of un-posted blogs litter my inbox. I don’t want to confuse you about brand.  … Read More

Apple, Foxconn and change management

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KINGS ROAD — Apple are facing “bad PR” with their Foxconn tie-up.  That seems to be what columnists are saying. (One bank, UBS, said yesterday that the pay rises for employees, brought on by exposés of the loss of life and investigations into explosions at iPhone and … 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

Business transformations: Same, same, different

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  DOHA, QATAR — We’re working on four different ‘transformation programmes’ at the moment. Combined they are on three continents, in over 30 countries. You would think that would provide some shocking contrasts.  But it does something quite different. It shows startling similarities. Everything has superficial … Read More

Business life in the Middle East: working in ‘the region’

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BAHRAIN — This is my first time in Bahrain.  That leaves only really Oman in the area that I haven’t been to / worked in. United Arab Emirates? √ Check Saudi Arabia? √ Check Kuwait? √ Check Qatar? √ Check It’s a part of the world … Read More

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