Category Archives: Finding success in business

Does a mentor have a limited life?

Of course they do! Not only are we not immortal, our role as a mentor probably should be limited, or reviewed from time to time. Actually I dislike the term “mentor” but let’s not get tied up in semantics. One person … Continue reading

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Is Gareth Malone a good teacher?

Fresh-faced choir master Gareth Malone finds himself in a primary school on BBC2’s Extraordinary school for boys. But he’s no teacher and there’s hardly any music either. Instead he tries to lift the under-performing boys, with a series of outdoor … Continue reading

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Is it good to be back?

William Waldegrave wrote an importance piece in Monday’s The Times (30-8-10) about the need for a holiday and how the best leaders always took one. I’d send you a link but you have to pay to access now, and personally … 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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Undercover boss – was it rubbish?

Not at all! Although the business dealt in recycling rubbish – see Channel 4’s latest episode about Viridor.   CEO Colin Drummond goes undercover to work in the gritty front line of waste disposal. Two things captivate me watching this … Continue reading

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What beats success?

Greatness goes beyond mere success. Continue reading

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Why be an undercover boss?

Because your team will not tell you what they think you don’t want to hear. I love Channel 4’s “Undercover Boss” The episode last week had the new boss of Harry Ramsden’s famous fish and chip restaurants going undercover. What … Continue reading

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Is “denial” always a bad thing?

When we say someone is “in denial” we usually mean this in a negative sense, but denial is actually a valuable defence. It’s a bit like badly wounded soldiers on the battlefield reporting that they feel no pain. Only afterwards … 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 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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