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April 21, 2016

Difficulty of first contact

You see someone in a social meeting and your inner voice tells you that you have to get acquainted with this person. I don’t know if you would prefer to silence your inner voice or go directly to this person and introduce yourself in such a situation. ☺ What I know: in order to discuss […]

January 7, 2016

“I want your chair!”

This would be his second job. He wanted to change his current one after four years of employment. He was sitting on the other side of the table, facing my HR manager and me. I was one of the partners and the general manager of the company. The meeting was one of the steps in […]

December 10, 2015

My son, I, Orson Welles & HBR Turkey

Orson Welles in his song says: “I know what it is to be young… But you, you don’t know what it is to be old.” I am sure it was a great statement at his time. Does it still hold in today’s fast changing world? Maybe he would have rewritten the lyrics if he wrote […]

October 1, 2015

Good guys finish last…

Or do they? The heading of this article and the above question are taken from the book Give and Take by Adam Grant. He argues, “Giving, taking and matching are three fundamental styles of social interaction.” He continues by writing, “Evidence shows that at work, the vast majority of people develop a primary reciprocity style.” […]

August 6, 2015

Luck brought by Martin Luther King Jr.

Until a couple of weeks ago the name Ava DuVernay was unknown to me. I got to know her as I watched a talk show by Charlie Ross of Bloomberg TV. She was invited as the director of the film Selma. According to thedissolve.com, Ava DuVernay wasn’t the first choice to direct Selma, a portrait […]

March 19, 2015

A driver and social media

The other day, a lorry emblazoned with the name of my favourite make of yoghurt nearly ran me off the road at 70mph. I don’t know how you would feel, but I have boycotted that yoghurt brand since. For me, that van driver’s behaviour – and his driving was utterly reckless – mirrors the values […]

March 5, 2015

The decision The Doors regretted

John Roberts and Joel Rosenman placed the following advertisement in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal: “Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business propositions.” The young guys were successful. They met with Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld to establish a legitimate venture, aptly titled Woodstock Ventures. […]

January 22, 2015

Don’t “Like” my obituary!

No… I am not dead yet. ☺ But you can do me a favour when I do pop off: don’t give the “Ups” for me by pressing on the “Like” button if and when my obituary appears in social media. Why? It won’t matter to me. I’ll already be dead and won’t be able to […]

December 25, 2014

Portmagee’s Old Year Festival

The picturesque coastal village of Portmagee in County Kerry, Ireland has a unique New Year’s Eve tradition, which dates back to 1727. The “Old Year Festival” sees locals accompany an old wizened character up the main street in a torchlight parade. At the stroke of midnight, the ‘Old Year’ character symbolically ‘dies’ and is replaced […]

November 13, 2014

Good news for new entrepreneurs!

Today, all entrepreneurs need to be great salesmen. And if they’re not, they should hire the best salesmen they can get their hands on. Surely no one would disagree with me on that? Then why is it that whenever I want to buy something from a company that has more than two people working for […]

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