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After my last post about being (literally) hit by a bull, it was perhaps fitting that I would attend a breakfast on Friday morning, with author, comedian and corporate speaker Andrew Horabin talking about his latest book ‘Bullshift‘. He had placed a copy on every seat, and he went through, in a lively interactive manner, some...
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Day off work; here I sit high up in the stands, 37 degrees outside. Corporate box. Food, drink, great view of the game, enjoying a bit of corporate hospitality. Am I being softened up for a sale, thanked for previous work or both? And should that matter? It’s certainly true that relationships are the lifeblood of...
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It’s good to size things up first. It’s good to be prepared. It’s good to do your homework. But sometimes, you just need to pick up the phone, make the call. The cost of hesitation can be high. One thing I’ve learned in business is that sales people actually like being sold to. They respect...
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You and I spend far too much time on email. Worse, it interrupts our days, and we’ve become slaves to it. We even check our messages in the car at red lights (which is illegal – you are not even allowed to touch your mobile device while in a car), and it’s become the bane...
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As some of you know, I set up and ran an online business back in 1999 and ran it successfully til it was sold in 2010. I now work for my new masters, deploying what I learned over the past decade or so, on a much larger scale. I’m having lots of fun. Today, I...
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I get the feeling many businesses often survive despite themselves. There are some pretty mediocre management practices, products and customer service levels out there all too often. Whether by neglect or plain laziness, too many businesses eek out a living with tired employees hanging on for grim death, unapplauded, unmotivated and unrewarded for their efforts. Worse,...
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Many moons ago in a former job on a different continent I remember seeing a circus performer give an electrifying ad lib performance to a school assembly, involving several of the students there assembled. During the mayhem, he looked up and said “if any of yers see a job for a company that talks about...
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It’s difficult being interviewed, but oh so much harder doing the interviewing. I’ve done a bit of both (but more interviewing than being interviewed), and the interview is an odd environment when you come to think about it. Somehow, over a 20-30 minute conversation back and forth with the interviewee you are ascertaining whether this...
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A good day today. I had some meetings out of the office with some inspiring people, and also some great meetings at work, where we discussed new projects and some innovative new ideas we are developing. That’s the fun bit for me. Coming up with new ideas, fashioning them, bouncing them off others, shaping them further...
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I’ve just completed the Steve Jobs biography – what a read. I could hardly put it down. Amazing, inspiring, fascinating, a warts and all bio of genius with a flawed personality. I would have hated to have worked with him, but then loved it at the same time. I bet many people got it as...
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For the past two decades, I have driven digital transformation and led change at various innovative companies, obtaining strong results.

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