The future is around the corner

I have mentioned various examples of technological advances in previous blogs and have discussed how the speed of change is accelerating to a point where we cannot really envisage what the world will look like in as little as five years. Most of my knowledge has come from research, and it is easy to...

Why do we favour male entrepreneurs?

Recently I saw an announcement of business awards for women who have started and run businesses while also bringing up young children. My first reaction was how patronising to regard working women in any form as an oddity. However, regardless of the merits of the awards, I started looking at some of the entries...

Failure is an option!

I have long been an advocate for the principle of failure being a natural part of discovery and I have often spoken in universities on the topic of Failure as an Option. I even advocate starting a failure log so as to identify lessons from failures and I constantly remind people that the only...

The engineer and the balloonist part 2.

At the start of the last blog I told the joke about the hot air balloonist and his ability to identify the person on the ground as an engineer. There is a second part to that joke. It goes as follows: The person below responded, “You must be in Management.” “I am,” repliedthe balloonist,...

The engineer and the balloonist

I always enjoyed the joke about the balloonist who was lost and lowered his balloon to a few feet off of the ground to ask a passer-by where he was. The reply was “Well, you are in a hot air balloon. You are hovering at approximately 30 feet, and you are between 40 –...

Can you spot an entrepreneur?

In a recent discussion someone bemoaned the lack of entrepreneurs in Turkey, quoting some mediocre percentage. On further investigation they were basing this on things such as patent registrations and high tech companies. What they appeared to mean was that there were not a plethora of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs! As someone who...

Let’s follow the garbage truck!

A story in the newspaper and an incident in town both contributed to my thoughts for this week’s blog. The story in the newspaper related to a mother who advocated starting to build their child’s CV from birth! Thus not only making sure that the child was enrolled for the best school, but also...

Am I too old to run a business?

I make no secret of the fact that I am past the age of retirement but still working on new projects, writing blogs, proposals and books and continuing to take on speaking engagements. Indeed, my life is now the busiest it has ever been. And yet I am constantly asked either ‘are you retired’...

Too much information

I was sitting near to a couple of lifts waiting for my wife and I had the opportunity to observe people using the lifts for quite a time. Now, despite my advancing years, I have been pretty efficient when it comes to operation of the elevator. If I want to go up then I...

The importance of skills

Recently a number of things have reminded me that we spend a disproportionate mount of time on qualifications and not enough on skills. I was reading an article in which employees were saying how people coming out of university were lacking in the skills they required of new applicants. This is despite 95% of...

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