Tesco: strategy, implementation, brand and sports metaphors

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LONDON — ‎In America they call is being ‘an armchair quarterback’. I’m fond of the term back-seat-driver. I think there are more.   Yesterday for UK football fans the sight Glaswegian misery that is Sir Alex Ferguson ‎sitting in a Man City armchair watching his old … Read More

Scotland, referenda, business units and change management

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  LONDON — Clearly there is a disturbance in The Force. Our old ‘sovereigntist’ leader of Quebec, Jacques Parizeau, has called it out thus: “Sovereigntists today stand before a field of ruin,” Mr. Parizeau said in excerpts obtained by Radio-Canada. “There is confusion in their spirits … Read More

Alphabet soup: How to implement change and 4G

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Doha, 5 August 2013 — As telcos across the globe jostle to become the next to offer 4G, the latest research suggests they’re leaving someone important behind… Whether it’s Apple’s iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy or Nokia’s Lumia almost half of people in UK have a smartphone. And … Read More

Mega-mergers and the opportunities they provide

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LONDON — The merger of Omnicom and Publicis, announced yesterday, will undoubtedly be causing their combined 120,000 global employees some head-scratching today. These two great firms include such commonly known brands as Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, and MSL Group (Publicis) and BBDO, DDB and Ketchum … 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

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

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

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