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Posts from ‘April, 2013’

How High?

In the early part of the 20th Century, a simple question was asked in a physics exam paper at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark:  “Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer.” One student replied: “You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower […]

Dyno Rod for New Business?

By Phil Shipperlee How have the last 12 months been for you? I have asked a lot of people this question recently and almost all of them said that that business has been tough, tight, difficult or delayed. Almost universally, they admitted to problems where previously they would have tried to put a positive shine […]

12 Ways to Cure Procrastination and get things done

By Jurgen Wolff We’re all guilty of saying “I’ll do it, but not now”. That’s why the number one reason we often fail to achieve what we know in our hearts we could is procrastination. Since we’re all different, we need a variety of ways to address procrastination – there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. So start […]

Case Study: Communication Breakdown

Background: John was MD of a £6 million turnover family business in the manufacturing sector. His father had originally founded the business which the three children eventually joined. However, there was a general lack of structure in the company which also manifested as poor communication, not only between John and his father, but with the […]

Me Me Me

By Myra White Narcissism is on the rise. Research among University students in the USA has found that more and more young people think they are something special. In fact American students now score 30 per cent higher on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory than they did in the 1980s. Moreover, this trend has been steadily […]

Dead Dad Syndrome?

By Andrew Morris, CEO, Academy for Chief Executives Through coaching and mentoring countless business leaders, I’ve observed several common characteristics emerging.  One of these is that most leaders, like most people, are insecure. More interestingly, many business leaders are still trying to prove, or disprove, something to their Dad. Writing in the Guardian last month, […]