The Daily Paradox

The career risks you must take to get ahead

Do you take risks in your business life? Would you define them as gambles or well-thought-out judgments? Do you expect more than 50% of your risks to pay off? Does your score so far support that view? Can you remember when you didn’t take a risk but now think you should have done? These are…
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Renewing liberalism

In his 03Jul19 Financial Times article “Liberalism will endure but must be renewed”, Martin Wolf describes, with mind wrenching accuracy, the choices to be made if Mr Putin’s dismissal of liberalism is to be satisfactorily answered. He relates the needs to who we are now and what we must do in a society whose world…
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The tyranny of Technology

Tyranny comes in various forms. Political, social, financial, religious, emotional, all these and more are capable of becoming tyrannical. Before aircraft, distance was tyrannical, before anaesthetic, pain, before wireless, communication. Today’s No 1 tyranny is technology. How can I say that when technology has brought us such benefits? I am only alive today because of…
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Fundamentals

Lack of good leaders is not just an American or British disease. Nor is it only the fault of those who would lead. Leaders need followers, peace-loving people who understand the need for authority. But the followers have discovered Democracy. Now the voters, and that includes those who cannot yet vote but rightly think they…
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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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