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The 80/20 Principle – The Star Principle

Posted by on Dec 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

The 80/20 Principle – The Star Principle

What will make you successful? What will make you rich? Preposterous as it sounds, there is a magic formula. There is a way to get several times more money and fun out of a business. #Podcast Listen to the podcast here  

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TIME TO REVIVE THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Blog | 5 comments

TIME TO REVIVE THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS?

John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which is to Come was published in 1678 and is considered one of the greatest works of English literature – possibly it was the first novel ever written.  The Slough of Despond, into which the hero Christian falls early in the text, has passed into our general culture, and having lived near Slough in my adolescence, I can never forget that phrase. The theme of self-improvement is, I think, of even greater significance today than the religious language in which is cloaked.  The...

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The 80/20 Principle – The Route To Success

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

The 80/20 Principle – The Route To Success

The decisions you make are better made by yourself than by allowing someone else to make them for you. #Podcast Listen to the podcast here  

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BE HUMAN – BE UNPREDICTABLE

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

BE HUMAN – BE UNPREDICTABLE

“Most of us throw our embryo-hood away.  As we get older, we become set in our ways, fixed in our nature.  Watching my parents and other people as they entered their fifties and sixties, they became less interested in new ways, more and more convinced of the rightness of their opinions and worldviews. Indeed, that was the way I thought it had to be, until I reached twenty.  During the summer of that year, I went to live with the author John Marquand, who was sixty-five at the time, and he blew my mind.  He was interested in everything,...

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FACTFULNESS, MODERNITY, & ENTERPRISE

Posted by on Oct 8, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

FACTFULNESS, MODERNITY, & ENTERPRISE

Chimpanzees greatly outperform our well-educated elites in their knowledge of important world trends.  So says – indeed, so proves – the late Swedish doctor and researcher Hans Rosling in his excellent book Factfulness. Both the general public and the elites get the answers to his questions badly wrong, and often the more highly-placed the respondents, the worse they do. The book turns received wisdom entirely on its head, and also explains, with an admirable avoidance of bile and blame, why we misunderstand the truth completely. Rosling...

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IT’S ONLY ROCK & ROLL – BUT I LIKE IT

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

IT’S ONLY ROCK & ROLL – BUT I LIKE IT

And now for something completely different.  Does pop music – and popular culture generally – herald the end of Western civilization? One man who believes it might do is the admirable Jonah Goldberg, whose Suicide of the West I have already reviewed favorably.  In one chapter of this book – Pop Culture Politics – he says some truly intriguing things.  He quotes Victor Hugo, who said “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words, and that which cannot remain silent.”  He could well have also quoted Plato – “A change to a new type of...

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CAN WE HAVE TOO MUCH INDIVIDUALISM?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in Blog | 4 comments

CAN WE HAVE TOO MUCH INDIVIDUALISM?

Earlier this week I was treated to a little brain stimulation by a visit from Kate Andrews and Darren Grimes of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London.  We walked in the country lanes of the Algarve (Portugal) together with Sooty, our black Labrador.  On one walk we took to asking each other questions, and one that Darren asked was the relationship of individualism to community.  Were they in tension, opposed to each other, or complementary? “I don’t think you can have too much individualism,” was Kate’s immediate answer.  Clear,...

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KOCH’S GUIDE TO CYCLING SURVIVAL IN AMSTERDAM

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

KOCH’S GUIDE TO CYCLING SURVIVAL IN AMSTERDAM

In Lisbon I lasted only three hours before I crashed over a raised tram line, went over the bike, broke my left arm, and ended up in the hospital (a real education, but that’s another story).  I may be tempting fate, but I’ve now been in Amsterdam a month, cycling every day out to a fantastically wide canal with the largest barges I’ve ever seen, and a lovely bridge where I can gaze at the ducks and swans, pick blackberries, and even – so two handsome ladies on bikes told me – see a ringed snake in the bushes and water. Here is my cycling...

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SUICIDE OF THE WEST

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

SUICIDE OF THE WEST

WHAT IS DIFFERENT FROM 2006? In 2006 former Culture Minister Chris Smith and I argued that the West was in danger of committing suicide, but the jury was still out.  “Down one road, the road currently bearing more traffic, lies cynicism, unmitigated selfishness, indifference, re-centralization and aggression … Down the other road lies a recovery of our nerve – confidence in ourselves and our culture; emotional unity within America and within Europe, and between Europe and America, and with other European settlements, a society and...

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SUICIDE OF THE WEST

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Blog | 3 comments

SUICIDE OF THE WEST

THE KOCH-SMITH VERSION Last time we peeked at the Jonah Goldberg version of Suicide of the West.  Now it’s time for the version of the same title published thirteen years ago by myself and Chris Smith, the former Labour Culture Minister and now the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. What is striking is the similarity of message, though of course the words and reasoning are different.  Lord Smith and I made three simple points: First, Western civilization has created something no previous civilization has managed – an immensely rich...

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