December 26, 2018

A lifetime of breeding excellence

From “In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, from a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world. All David Austin roses have beautiful blooms and in most cases wonderful fragrance […]

November 5, 2015

The Times They Are a-Changin

“The Times They Are a-Changin” is a song written by Bob Dylan and released as the title track of his 1964 album with the same name. Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land And don’t criticize What you can’t understand Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command Your old road is rapidly agin’ […]

June 4, 2015

Value of reputation

The following e-mail is one of the most heartfelt letters I have ever received. “I lost my father three years ago. Do you know what he left me? A business and an invaluable reputation… It is a reputation that is worth everything…” Leaving your business to your next of kin is also a sale: You […]

September 25, 2014

What will you leave your kids?

Some years ago, my son asked me what he would inherit from me. ☺ When I told him I planned to consume all my worldly riches before I depart this earth, he demanded that I leave him my music, which I had composed over decades. I read a piece in the UK newspaper The Guardian […]

April 10, 2014

Happy End

Flying is still statistically the safest method of transportation to reach a certain destination. Yet there have been cases where a plane had to land before reaching that destination. And unfortunately most of these unplanned landings don’t get realized without demaging the original look of the plane and losing some lives. The photographer Dietmar Eckell […]

January 31, 2013

A company for children

He had a son and a daughter, 30 and 28 years old respectively. A very successful professional having served in a couple of conglomarates as CEO. “At 55 I retired 2 years ago,” he said.  “Great” I remarked. “What do you do now?” “I have this hobby… growing olives.” he said. “Olives?” I asked. “Yes,” […]

May 3, 2012

“I make the shots…”

… he said. He was somewhat above 50. His wife and their two children were partners and working for the family business. I smiled. He continued: “There must be a boss in any enterprise. I am the one in our case.” I smiled again. ” Are they happy working for the company?” I asked. ” […]

March 8, 2012

An unusual request

After introducing himself the gentleman on the phone asked if I had a few minutes. I had. He said, “I learned that my son has an appointment with you.” I vaguely remembered seeing his son’s name on the appointment list, so I said, “Could be, I am not sure.” He continued: “I have no intention […]

September 29, 2011

“I am their consultant only!”

He came to the meeting with his daughter and son. He had established the company 30 years ago. From his explanations it was obvious that he knew his business well. He was proud of this fact. He said, “I am almost 70 years old; 2 years ago I left the management of the company to […]

July 21, 2011

Always on my mind

It has been many years since I said my last good-bye to my mother. I have never forgotten the sentence she uttered before she died, “I didn’t know that you loved me so much.” How could she know? I had never told her. This may stem from various reasons. Many of them could be personal, […]