Monthly Archives: January 2012

FIGHTING LOSING BATTLES

Sir Menzies Campbell, CBE, former leader of the Liberal Democrats and now a humble backbencher, was asked to comment on the quarrel raging in the media over the £963,000 share bonus for the CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland. …

BAD RECESSION RECRUITMENT POLICIES

He hasn’t worked for over 12 months since being made redundant for the second time in three years. He was starting to lose faith, both in himself and his future.  I was there to buy the beers, to cheer him…

LEGAL, DECENT, HONEST AND TRUE??

A brace of US-based company bosses got high on the same fumes that inflated the dot.com bubble at the turn of the new millennium and mislaid their honesty compasses.  Bernie Ebbers at Worldcom, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling at Enron,…

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Now that the storm clouds have passed, it’s worth mulling over the issues that put Bell Pottinger, the PR and public affairs agency, where it really didn’t want to be: in the newspapers, rather than ensuring it’s clients were well…

THE INVISIBLE HORIZON

I bumped into an old friend today.  He runs what an economist would describe as a small business.  He’s been in business for almost 40 years.  He employs his two sons and a further 20 people, some of them part…

AND THE WINNER IS …

Among the hoards of commuters making their weary way home of an evening in London, you are likely to spot small groups of men in dinner jackets going in what looks like the wrong direction. They’re most likely on their…