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USE DISCIPLES FOR SUCCESS

USE DISCIPLES FOR SUCCESS

Would you like to create a great venture and change the world, without having to do much work? If so, you need disciples. Bruce Henderson created the Boston Consulting Group through a few disciples.  Bill Bain started Bain & Company, another hugely important and successful business – and catalysed an even more valuable firm, Bain Capital – through another handful of disciples. Not only...

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HOW TO DO NOTHING & ACHIEVE EVERYTHING

HOW TO DO NOTHING & ACHIEVE EVERYTHING

The two people I know who achieved the most in their lives were the two who did least.  Deliberately. And they achieved the most because they did the least. Step forward Bruce Henderson and Bill Bain.  Bruce founded the Boston Consulting Group, and Bill founded Bain & Company.  Today they are two of the three most influential and prestigious management consulting firms in the world.  When...

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THE LOST RELIGION OF LOVE & OPTIMISM

THE LOST RELIGION OF LOVE & OPTIMISM

How would you respond to a new philosophy that brought personal liberation, whose highlights were love, forgiveness, mercy, reconciliation, life-enhancement and optimism, with no place at all for repressive authority, guilt, judgment, punishment, enmity, and death?  You might rather like it.  If so, you would have been like a multitude of people in the second century AD, because this religion...

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THE NEW CULT OF ‘GOODNESS’ IN BUSINESS

THE NEW CULT OF ‘GOODNESS’ IN BUSINESS

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker,” Adam Smith famously wrote, “that we expect our dinner, but from … their own interest.”   If Adam Smith was with us today, he might fairly point to the case of Steve Jobs to support his thesis that moral qualities are irrelevant in business.  Jobs had many sterling qualities, but niceness wasn’t one of...

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DO GOOD & EVIL EXIST?

DO GOOD & EVIL EXIST?

Scott Peck used to collect religious jokes and this was one of his favorites.   Chatting in Hell were a Catholic priest, a Jewish rabbi, and a New Age minister.  Why were they down there?  “Back on earth I was a whiskey priest,” the Catholic says, “I loved the booze more than anything.”  The rabbi pipes up, “It was ham sandwiches that did for me.  I just couldn’t leave them...

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ARE LIFE & BUSINESS DIFFICULT?

ARE LIFE & BUSINESS DIFFICULT?

“Life is difficult.”  That’s the start of M Scott Peck’s brilliant book The Road Less Traveled.  I agree strongly.  And I disagree strongly too.  That life is difficult, says Peck, “is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it.  Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. ...

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