Shaking hands

July 14, 2016

The last second basket

Assume you are watching a basketball game. Team A is losing 78 to 76 and it is the last 2 seconds in the game. At that point one player of team A, seeing the clock ticking its last seconds, throws the ball in the direction of team B’s basket. And it goes in as a […]

October 8, 2015

Starting to hear your own voice

Just recently she has started her first job. She is talking about her disappointments. Something she experienced the other day has muddled her brain. She waits for me to tell her what to do. I start to hear my own voice. He, as a young entrepreneur, is telling me about the illness he has suffered. […]

July 30, 2015

Name of the waltz

According to nexos. com: During the 1833 Carnival in Vienna the composer Johann Strauss thought up something new to attract the interest of the public for his benefit ball at the Sperl in Leopoldstadt. He had written a new waltz and invited visitors to the ball to find a title for the work. The idea […]

July 16, 2015

No more rotten apples!

According to news in theguardian.com on February 14, 2015, US regulators have approved what would be the first commercialized biotech apples, whereby the flesh of the fruit will retain a fresh appearance long after it is sliced. I don’t know much about such issues but The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in US says the genetic […]

June 18, 2015

Reason for envy

You have founded and grown a company. You think you did everything right. You hold your head high. You are looked at with envy. As someone who has been successful. Congratulations. If asked by a reporter, most probably one of the below choices will be your answer to the typical question: a) You’ve worked hard […]

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 […]

May 7, 2015

Goodbye my love…

That is what you say when you are leaving somebody or something that you love… It is also the refrain of a beautiful song by Demis Roussos, “Goodbye My Love, Goodbye”. Hear the wind sing a sad old song It knows I’m leaving you today Please don’t cry or my heart will break When I […]

April 23, 2015

“Looking for my love!”

I really don’t put forward any conditions (…) Well, I’m not asking for a head turner… but should be someone somewhat attractive. (…) Age? Not important at all. Maturity is what’s important (…) Yes, you’re right. We have to have a spacious house in a good neighborhood. We should travel quite often (…) Some expensive […]

April 9, 2015

Cash out… and then what?

An article on NYTimes.com caught my eye recently: “Entrepreneurs Who Cash Out Look for Meaningful Second Acts”. In the piece, Darren Dahl analyses what business owners go on to do after they’ve sold their business. Dahl uncovers an interesting point – that post-sale, an entrepreneur begins to realize how much of his identity was wrapped […]

March 26, 2015

Raised up on someone else’s shoulders…

Did you ever feel bad about yourself? Did you imagine yourself crawling on the floor? Did somebody offer you help so you could get up? I never ask such direct, personal questions to my clients. However, I am sure that most of them would give the answer “Yes” to most of these questions if I […]