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February 27, 2019

Last days of A380

Recently the media reported that the aircraft manufacturer Airbus had announced it would end production of its A380 superjumbo passenger jet after failing to secure orders. It can happen to all companies, small or big. Forecasting sales/orders is not an easy task. Even a company like Airbus, employing about 130,000 people and being one of […]

January 23, 2019

Time to say good-bye

I said good-bye many times in my life. The Brazilian lyricist and novelist Paulo Coelho says: “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” When I look back today: Coelho was right. At least in my cases. ☺ I built, grew and sold 5 of my companies and […]

December 26, 2018

A lifetime of breeding excellence

From davidaustinroses.co.uk: “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 […]

August 23, 2018

Self-deception

oxforddictionaries(.)com defines “self-deception” as: The action or practice of allowing oneself to believe that a false or unvalidated feeling, idea, or situation is true. Almost all of the clients that I’ve advised to find a partner for their business were good salesmen; at least they were not bad salesmen. Some sold goods, slow or fast […]

July 28, 2016

Picasso’s remuneration

My clients sometimes ask me: “Can’t we have your consultancy at a cheaper rate?” “Sure” I answer, “But first you have to tell me which part of my business life you do not need!” To explain my question I tell them the anecdote about Picasso: “Picasso was sitting in a café when an admirer approached […]

June 2, 2016

Tears for “Joy”

Beethoven premiered his Ninth Symphony on May 7, 1824 at the Kaerntnertortheater in Vienna. The most unique feature of “The Ninth” was the chorus and vocal soloists in the final movement. His “Ode to Joy” based on Friedrich Schiller’s poem has become one of the most recognized melodies. Although his deafness did not allow him […]

May 19, 2016

Say something

Christina Aguilera sings in her song Say Something: Say something, I’m giving up on you I’ll be the one, if you want me to It might be your social relationship or the business one, your friend or your company. They might stop talking to you. Then you might feel lonely and left out. And it […]

May 5, 2016

Hotel California

I assume most of you know this song by The Eagles. The ballad is about a man who stops at a hotel for the night: it’s the Hotel California. A mysterious woman greets him at the door. The woman is rich and fun loving, and her friends are beautiful. But at some point our guest […]

March 10, 2016

Law of Similarity

vocabulary.com describes Law of Similarity as “a Gestalt principle of organization holding that (other things being equal) parts of a stimulus field that are similar to each other tend to be perceived as belonging together as a unit.” In other words: if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a […]

February 11, 2016

To retire or not to retire

From an article published in guardian.com: – Ivan Roitt, 87, is emeritus professor at Middlesex University’s Centre for Investigative and Diagnostic Oncology. – Jean Miller, 92, is cloakroom attendant at the Vidal Sassoon hair salon on Princes Square, Glasgow. – Tom Swan is 79 and runs Swan’s Sweet Shop in Renton, West Dunbartonshire. – Evdokia […]