Category Archives: Big business failure

The reluctant leader

Ever been to a lecture on “cold calling”? A few years ago I did just this. I sat through 30 minutes of suggestions about scripts, about what we could say to potential “prospects”. A question was then put to us … Continue reading

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Stock market crash – bored now?

Have markets had their day? Have we become immune to news about another massive “adjustment”? Remember Black Wednesday and what a big deal that was? And how can a company be worth 10% less than yesterday? Sure I can understand … Continue reading

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Is fraud only in politics?

An MP goes to prison for cheating on his expense claims. Judging by today’s Times’s comments the response has been highly charged. “All politicians are corrupt”…”prison’s too good”… on the one hand and “not that bad really” (I paraphrase) on the … Continue reading

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What happens if you mess up?

It’s all very well writing about leadership and integrity in business and in the community, but what happens when we get it wrong? What happens when we totally blow it? Is there hope after a disaster? Well it’s true that our … Continue reading

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How close is a big firm to failing?

The bigger you are the harder you fall, or so I was told. Having worked in the Big Four, I can confirm that they are very worried about falling over. And it’s no surprise either. When Arthur Andersen collapsed a … Continue reading

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Is there an upside to disaster?

No.  A catastrophe is a catastrophe… but… Massive life events, be they personal or corporate, such as a relationship ending or a business failing, do have consequences. These consequences force change. There is nothing nice about it. But change can … Continue reading

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Naked leadership – “Emperor’s Clothes”?

Have you noticed how some leaders have few skills but no-one says anything? A bank loses £22 billion or was it £28billion, I don’t recall exactly. But we were all up in arms. Did the leader suddenly make a mistake? … Continue reading

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