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Which People decided?

To be a responsible leader you have to lead. David Cameron is a responsible leader – or, at least I thought he was until he resigned. I even said he had to resign at the time. His credibility seemed destroyed by a majority Leave vote. Well, by 52% of those who voted, anyway. Some 30%…
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Britain should form an all-party coalition government

Britain has not declared war on Europe but it has slammed the door pretty assertively in Europe’s face. The consequences will not be military, I hope and trust. They will be antagonistic. Other members of the EU will see what we have done as an aggressive act of sabotage. Whether intended or not it can…
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Good-bye Europe? And good-bye who else?

Britain has voted to leave the European Union by a small majority. A shadow has fallen across Europe and world. The work of actually leaving now has to start. It may take some time. The other members of the EU will not like our decision. But they need to keep trading with us. There are…
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Brexit – the Daily Paradox’s last word

I’m leaving the last word to a scholarly diplomat whose wisdom I would like to share. Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei is an Egyptian law scholar and diplomat who was the last Vice President of Egypt serving on an acting basis from 14 July 2013 until his resignation on 14 August 2013 – Born: June 17, 1942…
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For Brexit - see the wood, not the trees

For Brexit – see the wood, not the trees

Since 1973 Britain has flourished more than any other EU member. That may be why so many people want Britain to leave the EU and forge ahead – as they see it, unencumbered by the laborious processes, corruption and incompetency of much of the EU system. The debate on Leave or Remain has been distinguished…
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Smart technology demands sound philosophy

As Lucy Kellaway says in the Financial Times “Smart technology is making us dumber”. She’s not quite right, though, is she? We are getting smarter about smart technology – it’s that or die. She is right when she means that we are thinking less for ourselves and relying more on others, including smart technology, to…
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The CRACKS in the system

Conclusions, Rules, Advisories, Compliance, Kick-starts, Solutions. Notice how many more we get today than we did even three years ago? Ask a banker what is his priority – customers, digitisation, security? He will look at you blankly for a moment and then mutter “compliance”. Ask an internet retailer what is his priority and he will…
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The New Gold Rush

There is something sad about 250,000 young people wanting to join Goldman Sachs for their career – or at least the start of it. I have a great admiration for Goldman Sachs. I’ve used their advice in my business career and found them excellent. The people I met were decent human beings – a little…
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What if I go walkabout and disrupt my people by visiting them?

The Leadership “WHAT IF” series – No 1 One of the sure signs of power is that when you call people they come and when you dismiss them they go. It is biblical. So you sit in your office and summon people to attend you, like a King at Court. You expect them to grovel…
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Coughs and sneezes spread diseases

During WWII you couldn’t travel on public transport in the UK with being bombarded by helpful advice about safety, diet and identity cards – yes, Britain had identity cards then but gave them up for incomprehensible reasons after the war. There was even a morning chat from the Radio Doctor just before the news. He…
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