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THE FALLACY OF LOYALTY
23 January 2019
The idea that you should be loyal to a corporation and it should be loyal to you – is a lie...
TOWARDS THE POST-PROTESTANT WORK ETHIC
08 January 2019
Can we get beyond the Protestant work ethic...
IN PRAISE OF INACTION
11 December 2018
Value-Added versus Value-Subtracted
KOCH & PETERSON ON FRIENDS
27 November 2018
Without relationships we are either dead to the world – or dead
LIBERATE YOURSELF FROM THE PROTESTANT WORK ETHIC
13 November 2018
What do you detest? There will be many different answers from you all. But I bet that none of you have this rather eccentric answer of mine – I detest the Protestant work ethic.
SAINTS ANCIENT & MODERN
30 October 2018
In researching my next book, I’ve taken nineteen people, some dead, some alive, who were in my opinion, “unreasonably successful”
SKIN IN THE GAME: A DOZEN ACTION IMPERATIVES
16 October 2018
I am a somewhat reluctant fan of Nicholas Nassim Taleb, and having finished his latest book, Skin in the Game, I settled down to write a review.
WHY THE WEST IS DIFFERENT, BUT CAN UNITE THE WORLD IN PROSPERITY
04 October 2018
Anthropologist Richard Shweder explains that there is a fundamental difference between Western and non-Western concepts of morality.
THE CHAINS OF FREEDOM
18 September 2018
There is a tendency to believe that individualism is the product of the last century
THE STAR PRINCIPLE – SIMPLIFIED
04 September 2018
What will make you successful? What will make you rich? Preposterous as it sounds, there is a magic formula.
THE 80/20 OF 80/20
21 August 2018
This time I’m going to give the essence – if you like, the 80/20 – of 80/20
07 August 2018
There are two reliable strategies for successful simplifying to create a very attractive star business
THE BRUTAL SIMPLICITY QUIZ
24 July 2018
This week I was reviewing some of the simplest and most useful breakthroughs in business thinking...
AMAZON & AIRBNB – CONTRASTING ATTITUDES TO CUSTOMERS
10 July 2018
Amazon has always had exceptional aspirations about customers, which marks it out from that of ninety-nine percent of companies
TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK, LOOK AT WHAT YOU DO!
26 June 2018
Jordon B Peterson’s tome 12 Rules for Life. It wasn’t what I expected.
IN PRAISE OF OUR LIMITATIONS
12 June 2018
I was struck this week by the juxtaposition of two quotations which are more profound than they appear.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARGARET
29 May 2018
Memoirs by politicians usually send me to sleep. Imagine my surprise in finding an exception...
THE 80/20 WAY TO READ A NON-FICTION BOOK
15 May 2018
My tutor at Oxford used to set me weekly essays and give a long reading list of books and articles.
A NEW WAY TO GET RICH
01 May 2018
Rarely it is true that there is a reliable new way to get rich. Perhaps once in a hundred or two hundred years.
THE TRIUMPH OF THE STRATEGY PARADIGM
17 April 2018
The difference between business today and as it was in the 1960s is immense and the difference is the strategy paradigm.
BUSINESS = IDEAS IN MOTION
03 April 2018
Businesses are made of ideas – ideas expressed as words
WHERE WILL YOU BE HAPPIEST?
20 March 2018
You only need to do a little travelling to realize that some places are much happier than others.
THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
06 March 2018
A Modern Version – with apologies to Hans Christian Andersen
THE CASINO, THE INDIVIDUAL, & SOCIETY
20 February 2018
The relations between the individual and society are like a roulette table. Society is the banker.
06 February 2018
First, in business as in the rest of life, time is not ‘other’...
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