The Daily Paradox

Leadership, Democracy, Control

There is stirring in the corridors of every consultancy, all the advisories and each individual boardroom on the peremptory dismissal from office of Kevin Sneder, the man who for the last four years has headed McKinsey, perhaps the most universally acknowledged and widely known business of its kind in the world. In the 1960s McKinsey’s…
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Make America rate again

Nobody envies Joe Biden his next four years. Cleaning out the Augean stables would have been an easy task but for the mythical king of Elis. Myth lives longer today than you could believe possible given all the laws, codes, watchdogs and other appurtenances supposed to be overseeing our safety. Myth, you see, is in…
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When Icebergs Clash

It is surprising how fast everything is moving – the pandemic, vaccinations, digital upgrading, robots and AI – there is a long list of developments moving at a pace we have never seen or dreamt of before. I hear a plea for slowing down – and not just from Senior Citizens. Young people, children even,…
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Democracy & Cooperation

Democracy at home won’t produce cooperation abroad. That’s the heart of the matter when we are seeking to get the whole world to fight Covid and its variants. Then again, nor will Autocracy. Both are dedicated to war and peace. You vote for your representative in parliament to take care of you, not of some…
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The Wrong Right

With the disappearance – for the time being, at least – of the Person whose name this medium will put a stop on using – for time being, at least – we need to consider the more sinister and less cartoonish of issues – the threat to democracy by right-wing extremists. What triggers a sudden…
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Tough Empathy

“In a recent study, almost 50 percent of respondents rated an empathic approach to workload balancing as a top factor in how favorably they viewed their organizations during the pandemic.” – McKinsey The word is that employees want more empathy. Not just employees, either. Voters, volunteers, military, prisons are demanding empathy, as well. In fact,…
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An even bigger sigh of relief

The sigh of relief we heaved when Joe Biden won the USA Presidential Election pales into insignificance beside the sigh we are now heaving for the Democrats control of the Senate. That, and the gratitude we must express for the fact that, at last, we have a black Senator. In spite of all the attempts…
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Time for a story

Choose someone quite ordinary but someone you can observe for a few moments. Someone you don’t know. Another person in a restaurant where you are eating, or someone on a bus or train who you can see for a short while. Have enough time for you to remember the main details of the person –…
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The springboard to what happens next

We should be grateful that so many lessons have been learnt from the past twelve months of COVID-19. They equip us to head into 2021 with confidence that, as a world, we can handle disasters even when we have lunatic leaders and ideological, social and widespread economic divisions created by them for selfish purposes. What…
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The heart of the matter

Give Thanks for all the people who have produced webinars through this pandemic. They have beavered away to keep us acquiring knowledge, to keep us amused and above all to keep us alert. If you have taken advantage of some of their work you will know how valuable it is by keeping us thinking and…
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