Private Equity and Change Management

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LONDON  – Can we talk about money and business? In an honest way? Whether it is “activist investors” like Pershing Square, Third Point and the Blue Harbour Group or private equity firms like Blackstone, KKR and the Carlyle Group, our point of view is the same: It’s a good … Read More

Bob Dylan and the accelerators of change

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LONDON – Last week they handed out ‎a special award at the Grammys in the USA. It was called the MusiCares Person of the Year Award. And it went to Bob Dylan. His 30+ minute speech can be read here and is a good one for anybody … Read More

Pfizer and AstraZeneca learn about the need for Change Management

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LONDON — Fifteen years ago I worked on the merger of Astra and Zeneca pharmaceuticals. In those days the companies were riding high. Largely driven by strong patent controls and very generous US marketplace. The development, marketing and sales of “blockbuster” medicines, such as Losec (or … Read More

“Google becomes GE”: The changing shape of businesses

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LONDON — This morning’s Financial Times asks whether Google has become our century’s GE. Is Google really “emerging as the dominant consumer technology company of the early 21st century”?  And if so, what does that mean for business in the 21st Century. 1. Transient megastars Although … Read More

Pope Francis: The opportunities of a new CEO

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LONDON — This past 10 days we saw the investiture of both a new Pope and a new Archbishop of Canterbury (the heads of the Catholic and Anglican Christian churches).  That doesn’t happen very often. In both instances they run traditional institutions facing substantial challenges and changes. … Read More

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

Understanding change management

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THE ROCKS, SYDNEY, NSW — “I just don’t trust them,” my friend says over pizza. I haven’t seen him in 30 years. We were best friends as teenagers in Paris. He’s now a senior civil servant in the Australian governement. He’s just being honest. “I don’t … Read More

“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

Leadership is not just about the leader

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LONDON — There are endless discussions to follow and videos to watch this morning.  The two candidates for US President almost came to blows last night in an odd and hostile affair. It makes you wonder though how the behaviour of two men — flesh and … Read More

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