Category Archives: Intelligence

Does head or heart win in Dragons’ Den?

Ralf’s cones game was the best episode of the series so far. We are taken from the sublime to the ridiculous! I love the pithy common sense Theo Paphitis gives to the emergency window smasher inventor: the kids just won’t be able … 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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Does the “appraisal sandwich” work?

What do I mean by the “appraisal sandwich”? First I tell them something they did well, usually trivial but I make something of it: “well done you have a really tidy desk”; Next I deliver the bad news that they … Continue reading

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Do all good things come to end?

Will profits always increase? Will our organisation keep growing? Is there any prospect of decline? Up until 2008 every financial forecast I saw seemed to show relentless growth. Not only that, the predicted growth was exponential. The recession has reminded … Continue reading

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How to build a winning team

Behind every winning team is a great coach. For example, England’s cricket team has just won the one day series against Australia in 2010. Australia are the side to beat. So how did England do it? Their coach, Andy Flower, is … Continue reading

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Former champions “crash out”

By using emotive words such as “crash out” we magnify failure beyond what it actually is. No, they just lost one more game and omitted to qualify like most of the others. We do the same with success, absolutely glorifying … Continue reading

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Costly fall outs

Falling-out costs millions. Business advisors often suggest good practical measures to increase performance. Tightening stock control, increasing efficiency, lowering overheads all are generally good things. But the most costly damage to businesses I have seen comes from inadequacy in relationships … Continue reading

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