When I’m 64

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“Before 70 we are merely respected, at best, and we have to behave all the time but after 70 we are respected, esteemed, admired, revered, and don’t have to behave unless we want to”… so said Mark Twain. Thanks to Lennon and McCartney, 70 has now become 64… (another reason why 64 Shots) so permission…

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The Cemento

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Creativity is at the Heart of Human Progress – and a fine exponent of the art is my friend – Giuliano Mazzuoli, a Florentine designer and inventor of the classic school. Check out my favourite watch, the Manometro in stainless steel, and the table clock I can’t live without. Both look like they’ve come straight…

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Victoria Wood RIP

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My best friend (and first wife – Barbara) and our daughter Nikki’s favourite comedienne, Victoria Wood, died this week. A Lancastrian to the core, she was the spokesperson and the mirror for English social class warfare. Everyone loved Victoria and everyone of my generation has a favourite piece of hers. Last night over dinner with…

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Yum

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Just received my first 4 copies of 64 Shots – Leadership in a Crazy World – my new book. It’s my 6th published book and despite the ease and convenience of E-Books and kindles, nothing beats the touch, feel, smell of a brand new, fresh off-the-galleys, hardback book. (Nothing except maybe the thrill of actually…

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First We Say Sorry

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I haven’t posted in April – have been contemplating whether to continue the blog, or whether it’s time to move on. We continue. But first we say sorry – properly. The 13th most famous quote is Love Story’s “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. I couldn’t disagree more. I’m more in Ryan O’Neal’s…

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The ‘Art’ in Artificial Intelligence

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Author Brian Green once said that art makes us human. Across the board it seems that many of us agree. Some call it culture, some call it creativity, but we all seem to believe that art in some form differentiates us humans from the rest of the living world or other forms of intelligence. A…

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Maker-Spaces

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Here’s an example of a traditional institution that is changing with the times. Despite the fact that so many people seem to believe that libraries are a thing of the past, they are still around and they are evolving. A recent article in The Atlantic highlighted how libraries are changing from being a space where…

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All You Need Is Ears

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The title of this post is taken from a book written by the late, great Sir George Martin; ‘the fifth Beatle’ and the one who made the Fab Four famous. Martin passed away on March 8, and with that we lost a musical genius, a visionary and an inspiration to many. Here are some lessons…

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Bloomberg Surveillance

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The subtitle of my new book 64 Shots (out June 21) “Leadership in a Crazy World” was an apt context for yesterday’s conversation on Bloomberg Surveillance with my favorite newsman Tom Keane, and his co-hosts Vonnie Quinn and Francine Lacqua. We talked about the role of advertising and messaging in the US presidential race, the…

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Bloomberg Surveillance

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The subtitle of my new book 64 Shots (out June 21) “Leadership in a Crazy World” was an apt context for yesterday’s conversation on Bloomberg Surveillance with my favorite newsman Tom Keane, and his co-hosts Vonnie Quinn and Francine Lacqua. We talked about the role of advertising and messaging in the US presidential race, the…

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Black Hat Thinking

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Curmudgeons, black hat thinkers, devil’s advocates, and people who say “but” infect most organizations and systems. They have a role in “keeping things honest” and calling out obvious bull****, and contribute little or nothing to driving progress. Bob Hoffman was an ad guy who has a blog called “Ad Contrarian,” and its content meets the…

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Moving Meetings Forward

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There was an interesting article in the New York Times Magazine recently about the nature of meetings, how we continue to have them despite our deep disliking of them, and some ways that people are trying to deconstruct meetings to make them more effective. The title of the article? “Meet is Murder”(!) I have spoken…

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Culture First

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We tend to think of corporate culture as an idea developed by HR and Marketing departments instead of something that forms organically over time. Even if the company manifesto is hanging on the walls or in the lobby, the true spirit of any business is determined by how things have been done before. To quote…

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Winning from the Edge

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It is a commonplace that we live in a ‘VUCA’ world (the acronym stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous). What we need to do, says Saatchi & Saatchi Chair, Kevin Roberts, is build a ‘SuperVUCA’ world – one that is Vibrant, Unreal, Crazy, and Astounding. “In a SuperVUCA world, you will not manage yourself…

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