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August 9, 2018

Assistance to artists / entrepreneurs… better anonymous?

From an article by Sarah Nechamkin in thecut(.)com on 20 July 2018: “For the past 22 years, female artists over age 40 have been receiving spontaneous phone calls with offers of $25,000 as part of a program called Anonymous Was a Woman, which awards under-recognized women in the art world. […] Until now, the donor […]

June 22, 2017

Understanding your partner – in good & bad times

If you are starting a new business you should know that you won’t always have all the resources to grow the business and that partnerships down the road are unavoidable. At the start of a new relationship almost no one thinks about divorce since one looks positively into the future. Similar to social partnerships. ☺ […]

August 11, 2016

Substitute for Andrea Bocelli

It’s February,1999. A man ran onto the back-stage of Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. A woman looked at him with questioning eyes. He said Andrea Bocelli won’t make it for the rehearsals but a 17 years old guy called, Josh Groban, could stand in for him. The woman, Celine Dion, did not like the solution but […]

August 20, 2015

Light at the end of the tunnel

If you are a manager in your own business or somebody else’s, you have to ask yourself periodically the question, “What am I doing?” One of the most important angles in answering this question is to check whether the targets you are trying to reach are still the right ones. Some of those aims might […]

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, Ava DuVernay wasn’t the first choice to direct Selma, a portrait […]

April 16, 2015

With a little help from The Beatles

The brilliant, gravelly voiced singer Joe Cocker died late last year, at 70. His most famous recording, of course, was his bluesy and passionate take on The Beatles’ With A Little Help From My Friends. Lennon and McCartney might have written it for The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, but […]

October 16, 2014

Who reads these magazines?

A few days ago I went to a bookstore and did something I had wanted to do for a long time. I bought all of the business magazines in the store. First observation: The number of business magazines has increased quite a lot recently, and I’d never heard of many of them before. First question: […]

September 4, 2014

12 women & 1 man

Recently I was invited as a speaker to a breakfast meeting in Istanbul, which was organized by kadinlararasi. com, a web platform for women in business. 12 businesswomen and I spent that morning talking about the companies they own. The headline of this pleasant meeting was Selling the Future. It is not possible for me […]

July 10, 2014

A killing overdose

Imagine that a producer is told: “The most prominent musicians in the world would like to use your new product!” And when he asks about the names of those musicians, he receives the following list: The Animals, American Blues, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Joan Baez, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond and many others… […]

September 19, 2013

To take a beating

In her song Celementine Sarah Jaffe says, “All that time, wasted / I wish I was a little more delicate.” You might consider some of your activities in the past as time spent in futile. You might wish to have been more careful. Easy to say now, but hard to notice at that time. Ask […]



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