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Be Careful What You Hate

I am not a big lover of statues but I do understand their significance. Over centuries there are people that have done significant things, whether it is Ghandi, Mandela, Churchill, Lincoln, Hitler, Stalin, Mao or others. Some of them did great things of good and others not. The point is that they did exist and […]

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2014 Reflection – An Awakening

As I look back on 2014, I have realised that is was a year that I will call the Year of Awakening. We think we know things and we think we have a frame of reference that is real and true. I pride myself on being objective. I can take a step back and look […]

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Year end Greetings

A year ago I said it was going to be a demanding and hard year in 2014. I had taken over as interim CEO of a company to turn it around and make it viable once again. My expectation turned out to be underestimated by a long way. The turn around ended up being a […]

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Friendliness is not excellent customer service

This week I wanted to hire a van to move things from one of our offices. I phoned up three local hire firms. All were very polite. I have used Enterprise a number of times in North America (having moved away from being a gold card Avis member) and so decided I would go with […]

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Self Discipline – a path to Mastery and Success

Many years ago I read this and marveled at how simple it was but so powerfully true in its simplicity:  Feed a man and he will eat a meal.  Teach him how to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life. Each human being has needs and what makes us unique is […]

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Professionalism

It’s Sunday evening, and flight 278 from Toronto to London is about to board. At each gate is a gate attendant whose duties are to ensure that passengers board safely and on time. They coordinate with flight control to make sure that everything happens as quickly and as efficiently as possible. On this evening, gate […]

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The Meetings Show – Associations Conference

Wow, I’ve just found this on YouTube.  What a great session that was, hope you enjoy this clip.

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US Government shut down over….until next time!!!!

The definition of ‘Folly’ is when all the evidence is that this is not going to work, but you soooo badly want to make it happen, you go for it anyway.  You start developing your own reasoning to justify your actions, and then you suddenly find out that you are too far in and you […]

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Will the last person leaving the room please switch out the lights

I have sat here keeping my mouth shut, but I can’t hold back any more. I warned the Republican Party when Obama won the election the first time that they are in danger of putting themselves into the wilderness from the electorate. Now I am predicting that the Republican Party is close to becoming un-electable […]

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Are Leader Nervous?

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“The Iron Lady” and the “My Way or the Highway Man”

If there was ever an example of two people that were so opposite in their positions whilst being so similar in so many ways,then we need only to think of Margaret Thatcher and Alex Ferguson. The mind boggles at the thought of having the two of them in the room at the same time. Two […]

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Terrorism….a cheap but effective war (if we submit)

As the Boston Marathon is brought to an abrupt halt by two bombings, it is a good moment to reflect on what ‘terrorism’ is? The word “terrorism” defines it. It is about causing ‘terror’. It is to frighten people. In fact it aims to scare the hell put of people, and not just those in […]

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Margaret Thatcher – The Iron Lady

It is a sad day indeed and I don’t mean because Margaret Thatcher died today. Don’t get me wrong, my heart goes out to her family and I feel sad that such a great lady died. But I am really sad to read some of the pathetic hate comments on Facebook and other public mediums. […]

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Marriage

As the Supreme Court of the greatest country (whatever that means) in the world spends an in-ordinate amount of time discussing whether the Federal Government should recognize same-sex marriage….the rest of the world looks on in stunned silence. How complicated can this be in a modern world? There are two types of marriage and the […]

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Rules don’t apply to Me!

I find it a great shame when some very talented people start to see themselves as above the laws that rule the common people! Politicians have been doing it from time to memorial (which does not make it right) but when an athlete behaves like this, it is somehow a lot harder. An athlete is […]

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It is not the guns that are a problem, it is the culture that has to change

When we look back, it is now unfathomable that women were not allowed to vote, that slavery was condoned in the United States Constitution and that smoking was allowed on airplanes. Yet all of this was once an accepted norm and even fiercely defended and a subject of great debates and heated discussions. At one […]

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Democracy starts now…..

My parents were married for fifty years until my Mother died a few years ago. Recently I was reading about couples that have been together for over 50 years. I was struck by what they said when talking about what makes the marriage work. “A commitment to the relationship. If you want the relationship to […]

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Presidential debate and Labor’s closing speech

A week of speeches and debates on both sides of the Atlantic, and very interesting indeed. In fact a few surprises. The Labor Leaders speech in United Kingdom was a surprise for his ability to speak for 90 minutes without autocue, notes or a teleprompter. Wow….quite impressive. He is not a charismatic man, and often […]

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Privacy

What an interesting day it has been. The news is that the French magazine, Closer, has been instructed to hand over the photos of the Prince and Princess Royal taken when they were on private property in France and banned from distributing or printing them. Prosecutors are now considering criminal charges. At the same time […]

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Big Government vs Big Business

I am slightly amused at the recent debates and comments about the role of Government in society. Of course in the US it is a major rallying cry to the conservative base and a way to get them excited. However, I want to challenge some of the assertions being made and offer a different angle […]

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Bankers and Hubris

So Bob Diamond steps down at last and his COO Jerry del Missier who had recently been sent to Canada, followeds. Diamond a year ago told Parliament that the time for bankers to apologize had passed….oh dear, hubris….or just what makes a Banker these days? Fred Goodwin of RBS was named ‘Fred the Shred’ for […]

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We don’t need lower taxes….

The whole thinking about taxation has to change. A country needs revenue to build its infrastructure and for new exploration activities. Throughout history, developments like telegraph wires, railway lines, semiconductor cables, etc. all were non lucrative enterprises but they spawned great commerce and great enterprise. All these activities provided the infrastructure for great businesses to […]

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Life lessons from a CEO

“Half of what happens in your life is not what you do, it’s what some other bugger does. Have a sense of humor and take the rough with the smooth. If your life continually goes up with no knock-backs, you are a freak” Sir Stuart Rose, Former CEO of Marks and Spencer Excerpt from UK […]

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Cheers Magazine

I was recently speaking at the Cheers Beverage Conference. Where I had the pleasure to interact with some great people in the beverage industry.
A follow up to this was an editor’s note by Liza B. Zimmerman. You can have a quick read by downloadi…

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Dalai Lama’s 20 Rules for Life

Great advice and certainly something to think about….. 1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three R’s: – Respect for self, – Respect for others and – Responsibility for all your actions. 4. Remember that not getting what you […]

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Washington Post Social Experiment

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way […]

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Whitney Houston

Like many people, I am in awe of Whitney Houston’s voice and she probably had the most amazing voice of our life time. I could watch her for hours as she hit those notes and did so with seemingly little effort. Just amazing. However, as with Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and now Whitney Houston, let […]

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Being and Entrepreneur or Building a Business

I am seeing the word ‘Entrepreneur’ used a lot these days and in many cases it refers to people that are not Entrepreneurs at all. There is a lot of difference between someone that builds a business and an Entrepreneur. The trouble is, the word comes from french: 1875–80; < French: literally, one who undertakes […]

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Presidents Speech 2012

One thing that nobody can deny is that President Obama can make a great speech. His timing and clarity is stunning. He certainly crafted a great speech starting with the Armed Forces and ending with the success of the Armed Forces in getting Bin Laden. The truth is…on foreign policy Obama is the best Republican […]

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Mix your own drinks in a vending machine

Today I mixed my own drink in a vending machine. A simple drink like Coke I would mix with Lime, Lemon, Blackcurrent, etc. The same with Fanta and other brands….in fact over 100 different drinks that I could dispense from the same machine. The gentleman from Coke explained that they can add new brand mixes […]

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Adria Airways

I understand that my previous blog about Adria Airlines was on the front page of the newspapers and has been doing the rounds in the country. I have received a range of comments….some attacking me for speaking about this and others sympathizing with me. I want to thank all the people that commented on my […]

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I hope Gingrich sent John King flowers

Gingrich was awful in Iowa as I said in a previous blog. He didn’t look the part, didn’t sound the part and when he hit back, he sounded like a bad tempered old man. Respect were respect is due, he certainly came over a lot better in the last week of South Carolina. He got […]

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R.I.P. Sarah Burke

It is really a waste and tragic loss of an extremely talented woman who died after a fall on January 10 in the superpipe at the Park City Mountain Resort in the United States. She tore a vertebral artery that supplies blood to the brain and had surgery to repair the torn artery and had […]

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Fly Adria Airlines

As is often the case with the smaller national airlines, the staff are disaffected and do their job according to the rules and take great pleasure in being able to use the rules to show they have power. Such has been my experience with Adria Airlines in eastern Europe. On my first flight with them […]

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Huntsman Steps Down and Shows Leadership Acumen

As Huntsman stands down, we see the character of the man coming to the fore. This was a sad but wise step Why? Because, those that are wanting the Republicans to win the next election know that they have to put the needs of the Party ahead of their personal wants. They see that the […]

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New Hampshire votes and who is the Leader?

The results of the Primary Republican Party votes in New Hampshire last night showed a ranking of the candidates ability to lead. Of the group, Romney performed the best and the way he handled the comment about “firing people” along with other attacks, was very good. He out shined his rivals easily. Personally Santorum falling […]

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Labour needs a leader

Today Ed Miliband (Leader of the Labour Party in UK) tried hard to relaunch the Party without seeming like it was a relaunch, take the Party in a new direction, without appearing that he has got it wrong for the last nine months, and attempted to portray the man with the answers without explaining why […]

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The Year Ahead – 2012

2012 is being described at the ‘year of the screen’. Screens will go up everywhere adding to the experience people have in every aspect of their lives. From supermarkets with iPad holders so you can watch sports while wheeling around the cart doing your shopping to restaurants like Hao Di Lao that provide a screen […]

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Quote….”I feel like Obama just won reelection tonight”

When Obama won the Presidency, I warned the Republican Party to learn from the fall of the Conservative Party in United Kingdom who were out in the wilderness for over ten years, and have never fully recovered. The Republican Party needs to define what it stands for now and the vote tonight in Iowa showed […]

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As the year begins….be careful of predictions

Top 87 Bad Predictions about the Future Events “We will bury you.” Nikita Krushchev, Soviet Premier, predicting Soviet communism will win over U.S. capitalism, 1958. “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” Charles H. Duell, an official at the US patent office, 1899. “I see no good reasons why the views given in this […]

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Seasons Greetings

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Economists….problem or solution?

There is nothing wrong with economists. The issue is when we start believing them. They are expressing an opinion (and have a right to do so) but it is their opinion based on what they see and the facts they choose to look at. If anyone takes their opinion and accepts it as gospel, then […]

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Last Quarter GDP 2011

In the last quarter the GDP of UK was 0.2%, Germany was 0.1% and France was 0%.
HOWEVER……Belgium with no Government in place achieved 0.7% !!!!!!!!
source: Monocle Magazine, Issue 48, volume 05, November 2011, pg 055. 

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A sad day

Today is probably one of the hardest days I have had to deal with in a long time. My son David is in England, my wife Lorna is in Toronto and I am speaking at a conference in Manitoba Canada. All three of us in different time zones. Last night our family Golden Retriever suddenly […]

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Steve Jobs

I have not rushed to make comment today about the passing of Steve Jobs because I wanted to take time and reflect. Great men and woman leave a hole in the world when they pass on. Today the world has a hole in it. Tomorrow the world will move on and in the coming months […]

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Coca Cola Music

It gets more and more interesting to see how companies look to expand and develop and grow their business. In the past, acquisition and organic growth was seen as the best way to grow and improve profits. Yet now we see companies looking at alternative approaches for their future. For example, Rolls Royce sees joint […]

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Unions vs Management

The worst of any economic downturn is the unwillingness of people to accept that EVERYONE has to make cuts. EVERYONE has to tighten their belts. It is true that many company bosses have been treating their staff poorly whilst getting massive pay checks. Many bosses have been fired for incompetence whilst still walking away with […]

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What are you Marketing?

Interesting move by Mattel to now market the Barbie Brand and not the doll.
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Becareful of your advertising slogan…..it may benefit your competitor

British Airways launched its advertising slogan, “To Fly, To Serve” which I read to imply that they were going to start to think about the service they offer (or haven’t been doing for a long while). However, the clever move that teaches us all a good lesson about taking care with slogans, is that Easy […]

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Rogue Trader – You get what you measure

There is an expression, ‘Be careful what you wish for, you might get it’, and in business I say, “be careful what you measure, because you might get it”. As long as banks are measured on their ability to make money, to increase profits and to provide shareholders with maximum profits, then guess what the […]

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Republican Debate last night

I was saddened by the debate last night. I thought that being the Tea Party debate, we would see a higher level of discussion and debate. Instead we had more of the same. It never ceases to amaze me how these Politicians aim their arguments that appeals to the less educated masses! There were a […]

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Some employment statistics

Here are some facts: Small firms in US: Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Employ just over half of all private sector employees. Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll. Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years. Create more than half of the nonfarm private gross domestic […]

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How do we improve employment?

Socrates doled out this gem many years ago: “Let him that would move the world, first move himself.” Two bits of advice I can give all those complaining to the Government that unemployment is rising….. 1. To business owners: Employ someone 2. To the unemployed: Find a need, fulfill it and when you are good […]

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The future of Organizations

Steve Jobs made a very interesting comment which not only gives an insight to what has made Apple successful, but also what the future organization will be like. Steve said…. “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that makes our hearts sing. […]

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To see…..

To see the world as it is, requires you to open your eyes. To see the world as it could be requires you to open your mind and ask the questions that have not been asked, to challenge what you see and to imagine what has not yet been imagined. To get from what you […]

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Obama as Leader

I was asked what I thought of Obama as a leader three years later? My response is: I think Obama has forgotten what got him the role of a leader. He galvanized the people to vote for him. He rode on a platform of ‘Change’. The only way he is going to change the system […]

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Now that is a philosophy to live by….

“For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” too many days in a row, I know I need to […]

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Can it be true? Marketing done differently….

Flower delivery service Interflora has launched a social media campaign in the UK designed to brighten up the lives of Twitter users by sending them flowers. As part of the campaign, Interflora monitors Twitter looking for users that it believes might need cheering up. Once found, the users are contacted by tweet, and sent a […]

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Wise Words

“Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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Why?

Why would you hire someone that did not fit in your business, and was not able to give maximum contribution to your business? Why would you create an environment where people could not enjoy their work, and give of their best? Why would you treat people in a way that makes the resent coming to […]

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United States at its worst

The recent weeks has seen the United States at its very worst. Having a two step process of requiring first a budget vote and then a second vote to raise the borrowing is insane….but then to create this whole debate about raising the borrowing AFTER voting on the budget is a pure waste of time, […]

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