The Daily Paradox

Attitude

You may have heard us say that what you should look for when interviewing a potential new employee is ’attitude’. Existing employees should also be studied for their ‘attitude’. I think attitude is worth years of experience and loads of qualifications. The person who reaches the top of the mountain is not the PhD nor…
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Poor forecasting

We knew the Industrial Revolution was a cause of massive pollution within 25 years of it starting. Environment and Workers Health were low on the priority list at the time. The quality of life for the Gentry was high on the list. The earnings from the Revolution were deployed to provide many resources, some good,…
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Critical 47

Observation first alerted me to the critical age of 47. Of course, every age and no age are critical in the sense that you have free will and can choose what to do at any time. But in today’s world, 47 is pretty much halfway. Look at it like this. You effectively start work at…
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Demotion is badly done

An interesting study on demotion was recently reported by the Robert Half Consultancy, Singapore. The results of the study were presented by the Managing Director of the company, Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, and reported in the Singapore Business Times. The extent of demotion is spelt out clearly. Its consequences take a little longer to comprehend. There is…
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The Moon revisited

Come July, it is fifty years since man landed on the Moon. 1969 is a long time ago. I was only 37 and just moving from the heady advertising world of wine and roses to the more sombre enclaves of the City and ‘Millocrat House’. Where there had been flowers there was now flour. Where…
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A Prime Minister called Boris

Desperate times need desperate measures and whatever else you say about Boris Johnson, he is a desperate man. In every sense of the word. If they can keep him locked up and silent during the next few stages of candidate selection – no mean feat, mind you – it is possible that he will become…
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Just a minute

The initially simple education we get about money clearly involves forecasting. ‘Earn what you need, give what you can, save what you must’ involves three forecasts if it is to work. Odd, then, that the lessons we are taught about timing don’t have the same punchy, authoritative ring. In fact we learn most about timing…
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You can negotiate better

How well you negotiate depends largely on how powerful or weak your position is. In the ‘Battle of Brexit’, Britain is in a weak, but not hopeless, position. The balance of power is not good enough to get exactly what the most dedicated Brexiteers want. So they refused to compromise. Now they are having to,…
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Voters, Leaders, Democracy

There are plenty of disrupters about – Trump, Putin, Duterte, Erdogan, Zelensky and that is before we get to Boris Johnson. They are not all mad and none of them is always mad. They are playing a game dictated by democracy – trying to please all of the people all of the time. It is…
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Lessons forgotten

“Decades after D-Day, the urgent lessons of World War II are passing from the testimony of survivors to the pages of history,” Michael Hirsh*. How they could have called 1914-1918 a Great War is beyond me. There were great losses, it is true, and the strategies and tactics could have been described as great somethings…
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