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The Joy of Email

June 7th, 2018 // 12:50 pm @

The ubiquitous email has quietly taken over our lives, the speed and volume of communication has increased significantly, sadly the quality has fallen. We simply do not spend the time on an email that we would on a letter, and there is an emotional pressure to clear our inbox as fast as possible, and the […]

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Category : Blog &Other Thoughts

What is “Shareholder Value”

May 29th, 2018 // 7:00 pm @

It sounds like a simple question, but as businesses have developed, how to add shareholder value has become a more complicated question. Traditionally one made profits and paid them in dividends to shareholders, this simple model is no longer necessarily relevant. It is critical to any company that it understands what drives it’s shareholder value, […]

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Category : Blog &Business Strategy &Key Business Success Drivers

The Managerial Power of a Budget

May 23rd, 2018 // 2:53 pm @

The budget and the process that creates it can be one of the most powerful business tools a company has, but it is too often seen as an administrative process that holds no power to influence how a company develops, and is treated accordingly. The budget can turn a strategy into a working operational plan, […]

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Category : Blog &Management Technique

Discrimination, Why?

January 12th, 2018 // 2:28 pm @

Discrimination continues to blight our society and our business’s, whether it is sexual, racist, sexuality or any other difference; we continue to discriminate against each other. It is socially unacceptable to talk about this but it lies just below the surface as Donald Trump has so clearly demonstrated in recent days. The damage done by […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership

How Bannon Lost Trump

January 8th, 2018 // 11:28 am @

Steve Bannon has initiated a very public conflict with Donald Trump. Mr. Bannon is a politically astute operator, who will have known exactly the public interest in the comments he made to Michael Wolff, for his new book “Fire and Fury”. The question that comes from his actions is how could two people so closely […]

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Category : Blog &Other Thoughts

Leadership – Beyond the Charisma

April 17th, 2017 // 7:23 am @

Leadership in a CEO is critical; it can literally make or break a company, yet everyone has a slightly different view of what leadership is. Today in our modern world of instant communications, some Business Leaders have become “Personalities”. Their actual commercial abilities in the businesses they have lead does not support this near cult […]

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Category : Blog &CEO &Management Technique

Nigel Farage “The come back kid”

November 20th, 2016 // 10:56 am @

Nigel Farage has resigned and rejoined UKIP several times, and having completed his life’s work and got an exit vote from the EU, he talked of retiring to a quieter simpler life. Then suddenly he is standing by Donald Trump, advising Donald, and latter was the first foreign politician to meet the President Elect. Mr […]

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Category : Leadership &The Future

Isolationism is Back

November 20th, 2016 // 10:33 am @

The developed world is changing in a profound manner and not for the better. Since the end of the Second World War, countries have generally tried to integrate both economically and socially with each other. More open barriers has been a key stalwart of economic growth since it became practical, under the protection of free […]

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Category : The Future

Why is Democracy so Slow to Take Hold?

October 25th, 2016 // 7:01 pm @

Those of us who live in functioning democracies find it hard to understand why even when the opportunity is offered to societies; the growth of real democracy is painfully slow. “Democracy is the worst form of Government, apart from all the rest” to quote Churchill, but following the fall of the Soviet Union, and the […]

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Category : Blog &Other Thoughts

What Makes a Great Finance Director?

October 25th, 2016 // 5:44 pm @

I have had the privileged to work with several first rate Financial Directors, in different countries, cultures and business’s. They all shared a wider understanding of their role within the company and how this varied from how traditionally finance teams were viewed. The conventional historical view of finance teams is that they record the business’s […]

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Category : Blog &Management Technique

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