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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…

What Sets You Apart?

December 9, 2016 – In 1975, the legendary music manager Shep Gordon was invited to meet – and potentially sign – a promising young R & B singer named Teddy Pendergrass in a hotel room in Philadelphia. When he got there, he saw a…

The Search for Meaning at Work

November 23, 2016 – Depending on where and how you grew up, the kind of education you had and the friends you keep, you will have known one or two people who started their careers in a blaze of glory, moving quickly up the…

In Praise of Executive Assistants

November 9, 2016 – If you read our blog with any regularity you will know that it focuses on issues related to CEOs and other executive positions. This week we wanted to look at executive performance through the other end of the telescope: the…

Can you be a General AND a Soldier?

October 26, 2016 – There are a great many companies where senior management have risen up through the ranks, excelling at whatever their role in the core business is, then eventually being handed the keys to the C-suite for distinguished service. In other words,…

Can a company have a soul?

October 5, 2016 – In a recent interview, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz talked candidly about a period beginning around the end of 2007 when the future of the coffee-chain was on the line. Schultz himself had joined the company in 1982, and subsequently bought…

When to write your memoirs

September 22, 2016 – Last week the New York Times reported that the Obamas could command as much as $40M USD between them to write their memoirs of the past eight years in the White House. Even assuming that the real number is about…

Can you ever be too powerful?

September 7, 2016 – All of Hollywood is talking about a new book called Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency, a shocking and explosive history of CAA, its most feared, influential and impressive talent agency. One of the ironies that comes…

Popularity versus Respect

August 17, 2016 – In 1999, while taking a course in TV production, a British comedian called Stephen Merchant made a 7-minute film called ‘The Seedy Boss’. The idea was to parody the cloying, inappropriate authority figure which he felt everyone had had at…

Opposable Minds: Leadership and Creativity

August 3, 2016 – Among its notable achievements as a place of higher learning and advanced research, the University of Toronto counts breakthroughs in science (stem cell research), medicine (the birthplace of insulin), technology (the electron microscope) and the humanities (communication studies). More recently,…