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HOW TO ESCAPE THE WORRY PRINCIPLE

HOW TO ESCAPE THE WORRY PRINCIPLE

One percent of our problems is responsible for ninety-nine percent of our worries.  And there is a great solution to that one problem. THE BIG PROBLEM I read an excellent summary of the problem facing us in life this week.  It comes from Alain de Botton and you can read it here: http://www.thebookoflife.org/why-you-are-anxious-all-the-time/ … But if you prefer, I can summarize it for...

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BRUCE HENDERSON’S AMAZING TAX PLAN

BRUCE HENDERSON’S AMAZING TAX PLAN

It’s tucked away, almost like a dirty little secret, in the Boston Consulting Group book Perspectives on Strategy, and it comes with a health warning.  It’s relegated to a short Part Five of the book labelled Social Commentary.  The contents of these essays, we are told by the book’s editors, “are highly personal – they reflect Bruce’s character and beliefs [as if his other...

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5 MORE GREAT CONCEPTS FOR HAPPINESS

5 MORE GREAT CONCEPTS FOR HAPPINESS

The most exciting philosophy-religion in the first and second centuries AD was Gnosticism. In Greek gnosis means knowledge. The Gnostics had secret knowledge that enabled them, they thought, to understand the world as it was. Basically they believed that the world was all screwed up, and it wasn’t man’s fault. The material world was a disaster. But there was another world, the world of the...

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6 CONCEPTS TO MAKE US HAPPY & USEFUL

6 CONCEPTS TO MAKE US HAPPY & USEFUL

If you went on a bike ride in strong wind, as I did this morning, would you want to be against the wind on the way there and with it behind you on the return, or the other way round?  If you like the icing on a cake, would you eat it last or first?   (1)  Defer Gratification If you like to save the best for last, you defer gratification.  Psychologists have shown that people who acquire...

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THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE

“Business thinking starts with an intuitive choice of assumptions.  Its progress as analysis is intertwined with intuition.  The final choice is almost always intuitive.  If that were not true, all problems would be solved by mathematicians.”   So starts a provocative and seminal essay by Bruce Henderson in 1977, the year after I joined his Boston Consulting Group. Intuition, says Bruce,...

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THE BEST THING EVER WRITTEN ABOUT STRATEGY

THE BEST THING EVER WRITTEN ABOUT STRATEGY

This weekend I’ve been revisiting my misspent youth, by reading again the musings of Bruce Doolin Henderson and his colleagues from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in its early years.

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