The Daily Paradox

AI and EI, a great combo

The weight of information available and the mountain of analytics potentially to hand will change the C-suite’s requirements and behaviour more than we have yet imagined. For the past three decades business has struggled to prevent EI getting a serious hold on how companies are run. The attitude was summed up for me twenty years…
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The Bell of Success

The Bell of Success isn’t Big Ben shattering people’s peace for a deft political move. It isn’t a giant cup brimming over with champagne after a well-earned tournament. It isn’t an array of cloth and caps to herald a new Newton or a chiming Chain; nor a proclamation that you are made Chief. The bell…
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What’s the event for?

In every city there are business and financial talks, seminars, gatherings of the great and the rich, networking events. From one-on-one lunches to compare notes about the future of the industry to vast collections of the Davos kind, sorting out the world’s finances, people are meeting to learn, to weigh up, to teach, to enjoy,…
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Just tell the story

Carlos Ghosn, with his Mr Bean looks and lifestyle, knows about it. Jack Ma, poised to tell the grandchildren a goodnight tale, understands it. Tommy Koh, with his quiet determination and diplomatic genius, is a past master at it. Jeremy Corbyn, unfortunately, couldn’t do it at all. Telling a story well requires you to comprehend…
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Responsible Investing, Producing & Marketing

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) needs a set of guidelines which, after a short but reasonable test period, can become auditable requirements. That means that good behaviour, decent standards and measurable compliance should become statutory for all corporate bodies in the very near future. The requirements for these bodies at present are to do…
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Make age fashionable again

A New Year can easily become an Old Year if we aren’t careful. The years take their toll, bones creak, memory hesitates, courage is discouraged. The fortunate preserve good health to the end; the less fortunate suffer. We all age. But age can be a beautiful time if you look at it from the point…
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Ditch the pitch

When I was younger we used to ‘pitch’ for business.  Skill was seen as the greatest number of words fired at a potential client in the shortest possible time. Sheer stamina was admired as proof of intellect, in spite of evidence from the racecourse that the fastest horse was usually the stupidest. Confirmation of the…
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2020 Vision for Behaviour

In the ‘2020 Vision’ Daily Paradoxes, Behaviour sits top of the list of current needs. Everyone thinks that they know what good behavior is. By our definition, they don’t. Of course, most of the people we meet and see are polite, up to their own standards. They don’t use unacceptably bad language. They are not…
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2020 The Year of Vision

It’s a happy coincidence, and a delightful omen, that ‘The Year of Vision’ is to be 2020. The first two decades of the 21st Century have been remarkable for their technological progress and political regress. While invention stimulates creative disruption, political fomentation of the street protest sort stimulates division and lack of cooperation. Leaders have…
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Christmas Card 2019

For all the wondrous things that we humans have made with our brains, we give thanks. For education, research, science, discovery, moral standards, kindness, we give thanks. For construction, transport, energy-production, water harvesting, health, we give thanks. For food, drinks, air, friendship, views, beauty, art, sports, music, loving, we give thanks.  For joys, skills, efforts,…
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