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

Change is everywhere

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  LONDON — It’s already been a week of change.  Google has announced it’s going to take on the iPhone.  Meanwhile Facebook’s entry into the phone market, Facebook Home, hasn’t landed that well.  Inside all those businesses you can imagine people scrambling to adjust their plans … Read More

Windows 8 changes Microsoft — have they learned from New Coke?

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LONDON — In newspapers this week Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is quoted on his “bet the company” moment.  Last year, his firm, Microsoft, launched Windows 8, a new operating system, and didn’t include the company’s well understood “start” button. This week they’ve announced that they’ll redress … 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

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

Undone by his own language: The Bob Diamond communications breakdown

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CHELSEA — You’ll have to ask my friend Chris.  I told him at lunch yesterday that I thought Bob Diamond had done himself in with his letter to employees on Monday. By last night that was being reported. I have seen a lot of letters to … Read More

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

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

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