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It’s the season

This blog is two weeks out of date now, but I have recently suffered a bereavement in the family and parts of my life got put on the back burner to make way for other things. However, I hope you still find it relevant and interesting. I have a friend who doesn’t say much but when he does, it’s straight to the point. It’s caring, considered and altogether brief. But it is also perfect. Not a word too many or too few, each with a precise purpose and meaning. He can say more with ten words than many say with [...]

2019-01-15T17:29:29+00:000 Comments

Equilibrium

Of all the articles of clothing, it’s shoes that challenge me the most when it comes to choice. For one, they must be comfortable, secondly, they must be smart and three, they must be safe and suitable for the occasion. Ask any hiker, biker, dancer or baker how important their footwear is, and I am sure they will be aligned with me, and no doubt you too? Last year, a very inspiring woman passed away, her name was Wanda Ferragamo-Miletti. She was the wife of Salvatore Ferragamo, the famous Italian shoemaker.  Like most entrepreneurs, Salvatore became successful by coupling extreme [...]

2018-12-28T13:26:18+00:000 Comments

The best job ever!

It’s been several weeks since my last blog. This has been partly due to over work but also for personal reasons, with my attention focused inwards and elsewhere. Last Saturday, my company, The Bayard Partnership had the great privilege to organise and sponsor the fourth ‘Young Belgian Talent’, classical music finals in Brussels.  As always, we had five amazing finalists, a packed audience, incredible music, and lots of fun.  The format is always the same, each musician is welcomed on stage after we have shown a video interview of them, telling something of who they are, and why they choose [...]

2018-12-18T07:50:46+00:001 Comment

When things turn ugly

'When things turn ugly' is an English expression that describes human behaviour changing from debate to confrontation and even violence. It is a powerful and precise phrase because, it’s not difficult to detect when it happens. I have chosen this as my theme this week because, no matter how we look at the world around us, especially in the political arena, things are beginning to turn ugly. Be it in the UK with politicians becoming ever more discourteous and aggressive towards each other, or by the lack of tolerance being promoted by people in high places.  I believe it can [...]

2018-11-16T16:08:55+00:000 Comments

It doesn’t have to be this way

While most of us prefer to stick to what we know, even if we are not satisfied with it, there are a few that tell themselves ‘it doesn’t have to be this way’.  More usually, however it is an external observer that makes this claim. And while I have spent much of my working life, trying to invent new ways to tackle recurrent issues, I have come to the conclusion that the most important first step, even before the ‘why’ question, is to believe that an improvement that can be made. This week, I was presented with a number of [...]

2018-11-03T09:05:40+00:000 Comments