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

The cascade is broken

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SOUTH WEST LONDON — They say it’s broken.  But I am not convinced it ever really worked.  The company cascade is like the Lost City of Atlantis… or the missing Beach Boys album.  Many people think it’s out there, but disappointment is the most likely outcome. … Read More

Change management and Britain’s big banks

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CHELSEA — The problem with change is that you cannot always foresee what might happen next.  So you create an anticipated direction of travel and risks, issues, dependencies etc. along the way. That’s how it’s done.  In a nutshell. The problem with Britain’s big banks though … Read More

Getting it together: What UK politicians can learn from business

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OLD BOND STREET — It still doesn’t feel like business is in any great position to be lecturing politicians. There’s never been much patience for it. And I think if more bankers has made it to civics class we wouldn’t be in this mess. But business … Read More

Election question: Can we make UK a great-place-to-work?

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  LONDON — It’s an interesting question. Are we already? Could we be more so? Clearly the UK is a desirable place to work, because people come here and stay. It is a sought-after spot for foreign postings. But in spite of much talk from various … Read More

Coming soon to your town: Quiet!

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  VICTORIA STATION — I am seriously proud of our friends at Nissan. We have known for a while that they were working on something big. But today’s stories on the new Nissan Leaf are exciting. “100% emission-free” (excluding electricity generation emissions). How cool is that? … Read More

Good business, bad business: John Terry and sex at work

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  PICCADILLY LINE — Sometimes you have to wonder if they say these things just to wind up the Brits. UEFA and FIFA officials that is. Sepp Blatter, the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has commented on the England football captain John … Read More

Bring back the Christmas party!

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  MY HOUSE — Last week the BBC got lots of press for scrapping the last remnants of the company Christmas parties. As you might imagine, no one really complained. Except the staff. “It’s OUR money!” You can hear the average punter saying. “What are they … Read More

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