London Meetup – 21 June

Mark will be in London on the evening of 21 June, so we’ve arranged an informal meetup. It’ll be at Gows Restaurant starting at 7pm. You can find details of the location here: http://www.ballsbrothers.co.uk/restaurants/gows-restaurant Mark will be happy just to say hi, or to answer questions, or to join in your debates. If you’re planning […]

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Common Vocabulary

At the end of an email to Mark this week, I wrote: “My opinion. And, if it’s the unchosen alternative, I’m completely willing to murder it myself”. I was referring to this cast, about professional subordination: http://www.manager-tools.com/2010/12/professional-subordination-part-1. As I wrote it, I realised how useful it is to have a common vocabulary. One of the […]

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Competition

Apparently, the Singapore girls aren’t the attraction they used to be. I grew up around the airline industry – my dad worked for British Airways his entire working life – and I remember ‘knowing’ that there was no way that any of the european airlines were going to reach the service excellence that the Singapore […]

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Time to Quit?

There’s an article in May 21st’s Bloomberg Businessweek about a denim mill which is having a resurgence after years of sales going abroad. There’s a fashion for ‘non-perfect’ denim which can only be made on the looms which had been retired in the 1980’s, which the mill is capitalising on. (Jeans made that way go […]

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Unintended Consequences

An article in Bloomberg Businessweek describes the makeup of French companies. “The country”, it says “has 3.4 times as many companies with 49 employees as with 50″. Why? Because the French labor code demands that companies with over 50 employees have “three worker councils, introduce profile sharing and submit restructuring plans to the councils if […]

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Video Resumes

In an article about ‘social media brilliance’, Entrepreneur magazine categorically states ‘Your next job search will take the form of a video resume’. I can categorically state, it won’t. Video is hard for companies to process. You can read a resume in a couple of minutes and know whether the person has roughly the right […]

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Do They Know You Exist?

In June’s Inc magazine, Norm Brodsky answers a question from someone wanting to expand their business through acquisition. The questioner had done the work to identify potential companies, but after one approach he’d been turned down by all of them and was wondering what to do next. Mr Brodsky’s answer is: “You need to send […]

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This Is Not Communication

An article in Inc (not available online) extols the virtues of new app which helps directs and managers create weekly reports about their work. So far, so good. A founder and CEO of a web-design company is a user of the app and he says, “I have my first-level employees send the reports to their […]

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