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When the finger’s pointing at you

June 8, 2017 – As London gets going again after a series of terrorist attacks these last weeks, there is mounting political pressure from its government to get Big Tech to play a hand in stopping attacks before they happen. This is not only,…

Making Executive Decisions

May 24, 2017 – Sir Alec Issigonis, the Anglo-Greek car designer (if you happen to be a car aficionado, it is he of Morris Minor fame) once quipped that ‘a camel is a horse designed by a committee’. You might feel that this is…

The Golden Passport

May 11, 2017 – In 1978, The New York Times wrote that a degree from Harvard Business School was a ‘golden passport to life in the upper classes’. Plus ça change. Every year, HBS vies for the top position in the various global rankings…

References are not a formality

April 27, 2017 – When Jes Staley took over as CEO of Barclays in 2015, there was some serious reputational damage to be undone. The bank had in recent years been hit by a series of scandals – including, most damagingly, the rigging of…

Leadership in the Age of Robots – Part 2

April 12, 2017 – In our last blog we talked about why it’s important for CEOs to understand that creativity is an essential component of any organizational culture, and why our ability to think freely, to imagine and empathize, is going to become increasingly…

Leadership in the Age of Robots – Part 1

March 21, 2017 – It is hard to pinpoint the serious, life-altering, point-of-no-return moment where a new technology comes into the market and changes everything forever. Can you remember a time when you didn’t check your email or social media first thing in the…

Oscar Fiasco

March 1, 2017 – When to say you’re sorry “There’s a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture. This is not a joke”. It was hard, almost painful, to watch.  Even if you paused to consider that people have suffered worse indignities, you had…

Engagement Stems from Attentive Leadership

February 16, 2017 – We want to pick up on a topic we started to get into in our blog earlier this month. We were weighing up the extent to which LinkedIn is a useful resource for the jobs people have as opposed to…

Why LinkedIn is important

February 1, 2017 – Reid Hoffman was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University when he decided that he wanted to influence the world on a grand scale. His idea? SocialNet.com, which was about taking people with similar interests (golf, computer programming etc.) and bringing…

The Art of Marginal Gains

January 18, 2017 – In a blog from late last year we wrote about why it’s important, in a business context, to stand for something or have a personal point of difference. In other words, what sets you apart from everyone either doing the…