Monthly Archives: July 2010

He is hopeless and she is great

“Binary” thinking is very harmful, but we all do it. There is a human tendency to make decisions quickly when it comes to people. We then stick with the decision we have made. What’s more I only listen to evidence … Continue reading

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I hate meetings I love meetings

Do you have a love/hate relationship with meetings? The extrovert in me loves meetings. Provided I have my say everything is ok. The introvert in me hates meetings. Nothing gets done. No decisions get made. If I am the leader … Continue reading

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Dragons’ Den v Mary Portas who wins?

If you pit one business show against the other this week, who wins it for you? To me Mary Portas Queen of Shops pips the Dragons! This week, Dragons’ Den looks at anything from submarines to rotating washing lines. The ideas … Continue reading

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How does Queen Mary restyle John Peers?

Mary Portas shines again with her stylish work on John Peer’s loss-making 80s legend. Mary Queen of shops is again compulsive viewing! John Peers’s salon sits incongruously amidst closed shops in Rochdale. It doesn’t look promising. What can Mary do … Continue reading

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How do I get to the top?

First question is: what does it feel like to be in charge of BP in 2010? Or in charge of England’s team after defeat in the World Cup? Am I asking myself the right questions? Is “the top” really what … Continue reading

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Which is the best Dragon?

Did you see Dragons’ Den Series 8 Episode 1?       Which is the best Dragon? For me Deborah Meaden comes out as the most instructive Dragon this week. Why? She’s straight talking and adds incisive comment. The Den is sport for … Continue reading

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How many steps to the top are there?

Working in a “Big 4” advisory firm, I once counted about 20 different grades. There were “associates”, “managers”, “executives”, “partners” “directors”. But there are only basically three real “levels”: worker, manager and owner. So how do you get to the … Continue reading

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