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What confidence means

This article was first published in Business Times on 15 January 2021 The first time I visited one of the smaller Cerebos factories I noticed a particular worker. He was about mid-fifties. There were sixty seven people in the factory but he stood out – even before I got to speak to him. Looking across…
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Who should create your next job?

An increasing number of people are answering this question by getting started as the boss themselves. The majority, however, stick to the LinkedIn jobs ads and hope beyond hope to find a spot that is cool and comfortable. Alas, such spots are currently few and far between. The wages offered by them are often derisory…
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What must we teach The Next Generation?

How can we prepare the next generation to handle the mind-bending changes that are taking place every day and every hour? Indeed, when is the next generation? Much faster than you think. Best to view it as ‘now’. So much technology involved in the way we live and work from today onwards. Bill Gates’s Magic…
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Incentives to create change

This article was first published in Business Times on 6 November 2020 Some businesses are having a rough time under Covid. In particular hospitality, travel, tourism, vehicle sales, retail shops, entertainment. Within each of these, there are good spots – home delivery, electric cars, private jets, for example – and some very bad ones. Routinely,…
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Coping with Covid – the virus that keeps bugging us

Just as you think you’ve conquered it, it jumps up again, like the weevil in the rice. Covid-19 is not for early surrender, that’s clear. Indeed, it may be heralding a new way of life altogether. Chances are we’ll be able to go out without a mask one day – but maybe not. Better to…
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Discussions with those who have different values

The political divide between China and The West is increasing. The reasons for this include rivalry between two powerful individuals and a regional ‘competition’ to prove whose system is best. China has accepted a form of capitalism as the way forward so other ideological differences now mark the boundaries of control. Meanwhile, trade and business…
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What could China and the USA do to avoid war and re-engage commercially?

Terrific Mentors International held our first virtual Drink & Think event, and we were privileged to have Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times leading our discussion. This year, the topic was “What could China and the USA do to avoid war and re-engage commercially?” Following our usual Drink & Think events, we had hearty…
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The western business attitude to China

In my last column, called Leading through DISRUPTION, I tried to show the value of three attributes: Skills to Navigate, Creativity to use Acute Perception and Confidence to Command. In a rough sea the Master gives orders. Tacit acceptance by, and unquestioning obedience of, the crew made that form of command possible, indeed essential. Storm…
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Mentoring – the fastest growing business in the world

Well, I would say that, wouldn’t I? We’re in the mentoring business ourselves. But it’s true. It is growing so fast now that it is difficult to keep up the supply of mentors. Added to which, the needs of mentoring are changing for a world disrupted by galloping technology, tsunami digitisation and a need to…
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Balance Sheet of Behaviour

The arrival of a pandemic is seen by some as a sort of judgement. Not because it presages the end of the world, nor because it is sent as punishment by some out-of-life influence, but because we are compelled to take stock. Literally, for most people. Stock of what supplies we have that we are…
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