How to learn more from your powerful stories.

When we tell our story were actually telling two things. We telling the story of what happened and we’re telling the story of how it happened to us. For listeners, who know us, the result is that their response it Is coloured by the context of their knowledge of us, as a person as well as their knowledge of similar experiences. In my experience this is a far more limiting context and situation than is generally recognised.

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The changing face of Social Media

In the last two weeks or so a number of articles have appeared about the change in focus at Google towards its social platform – Google Plus. Google itself denies rumours that it’s planning to shut it down, but there’s little doubt about the focus shifting. It’s not the only thing that is changing, today […]

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The lessons from the FA Cup for Business

What the successful small teams did was start as they meant to go on. Whilst they respected their opposition they treated them as equals, not superiors. In business too another business may be bigger, have more money, more customers, more offices, higher paid executives, and a better reputation, but they are just a company.

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The rising risks in our food supply.

The rising risks in our food supply.

In the long run the overall food supply model is strained in several places and could break. That may take an external shock, like a sudden rise in oil price or a crop damaging weather event. When a market is strained, as this one appears to be, something quite small can trigger a shift in the whole market environment. It’s our view that the risks of that happening are now very high. The danger is that if it does fail, the number and variety of suppliers will shrink significantly and quickly. Any market that moves (catastrophically) to less competition and fewer alternatives tends to see prices rising very steeply.

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Where you are affects what you do

I met up with someone yesterday who had been in the same circles as me for many years, but we had never really talked before.  So I remedied that and met him for lunch and was rewarded with a very interesting meeting of minds.  He made a comment that resonated with me and which I had […]

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Lower oil prices – higher risk…

Low oil prices tend to lead to lower inflation because of the reduced costs of production and transport. Taking that into account the pressure on Economies like Britain’s to raise interest rates to control inflation will fall, and lower inflation may mean that the average voter will start to see living standards improve for the first time in a decade. Yet there are lots of risks, in the UK, in Europe and beyond.

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