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LIFE & BUSINESS?

LIFE & BUSINESS?

Last week, President Obama led the singing of Amazing Grace, the first verse of which was composed by mariner John Newton after deliverance from a life-threatening storm off County Donegal, Ireland, in 1748. There are a number of interesting discoveries that arise from last week’s event.  One is that Barack Obama cannot sing.  Another is that the author of this wonderful evangelical hymn...

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THE LAW OF SINGULARITY

THE LAW OF SINGULARITY

“History teaches that the only thing that works in marketing is the single, bold stroke. Furthermore, in any given situation there is only one move that will produce substantial results.” So wrote Al Ries and Jack Trout in their classic book, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. It’s an intriguing argument, and it fits with my experience in making money. They argue that many...

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ENHANCE LIFE WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAYS

ENHANCE LIFE WITH YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAYS

“If you are to live a beautiful life, you first must begin to live beautiful days.  To live beautiful days, you must also think of beautiful things and events, even if these things and events seem silly …” So wrote Friedman and Rosenman in a book with the unlikely title of Type A Behavior and Your Heart.  I like the idea of beautiful days, especially if they involve doing things that may...

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80/20 REFLECTIONS ON AN ELECTION ‘SURPRISE’

80/20 REFLECTIONS ON AN ELECTION ‘SURPRISE’

The only thing surprising about the British General Election was that everyone was surprised by it.  Herein lie some valuable lessons for business and life. What were the fundamentals?  A Conservative (“Tory”) government that had inherited an economic mess and put things on an even keel.  Rising employment – up by nearly two million, the most impressive increase in jobs under any single...

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APPLE AND THE SIMPLE CASE FOR CAPITALISM

APPLE AND THE SIMPLE CASE FOR CAPITALISM

Twenty-one years after the stunning introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, Apple continues to astonish.   Last week the company announced it had sold over sixty million iPhones in the first three months of 2015, many millions of them in China.  The company’s profit for the quarter was an eye-watering $13.6 billion, which is a third higher than the same quarter last year, and an annual rate...

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OUR CHILDREN & GRAND-CHILDREN WILL BE RICHER THAN US, BUT THERE IS A PROBLEM …

OUR CHILDREN & GRAND-CHILDREN WILL BE RICHER THAN US, BUT THERE IS A PROBLEM …

Writing in 1830, the British historian Thomas Babington Macaulay said “If we were to prophesy that in the year 1930 a population (in Britain) of 50 million, better fed, clad and lodged than the English of our time, will cover these islands, that Sussex and Huntingdonshire will be wealthier than the wealthiest parts of (England) today … that machines constructed on principles yet undiscovered...

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