Something (Macro) Looks Wrong

“Something looks wrong.” So begins Greg Ip’s most recent column in The Wall Street Journal. What exactly “looks wrong?” Well, the economy, stupid. Specifically, as Ip points out, consumer spending has been rising strongly recently but...

Letter from London

Back in New York from a solid week of meetings in London (17 in five days) and a few observations, reflections, musings, and speculations come to the fore.  And no, these will pointedly not include whether the US or the UK’s version of being seized by political...

The Bottom Line Is, Well, The Bottom Line

Alex Novarese, editor-in-chief of the UK-based publication Legal Business, some time ago granted us permission to republish a few of his articles as we see fit. The following is one where we most definitely see fit.  Those in the audience who are writers know the...

“Agile Working” and Office Design

Having spent last week in London, where every firm worthy of its PR news feed has at least mentioned “agile working,” it’s worth spending a few moments reflecting on what’s behind that shorthand. The phrase clearly embraces the notion of being able to work (well,...

Five Management Styles: Lessons from Silicon Valley

On a cross-country flight this week, I read most of Smarter Faster Better, by Charles Duhigg, currently on the NYT’s top 10 hardcover/nonfiction list of best-selling books. It’s fair to characterize the reviews it’s gotten as “mixed,” and...

Lessons from GE: Depth not Breadth

Though none of us can sanely claim to know what the future holds (I leave that to the fanatics), it’s abdicating your responsibility as a leader not to think about it. How do you go about that? In the most general terms: Creatively, deeply, and with a view to...
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