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Mum’s notebook

Five years ago, my mother and I gave each other exactly the same present for Christmas; a paperback copy of ‘Think Like Da Vinci’ by Michael J. Gelb, both of us thinking that it was perfect for the other.  The only difference from me was that my mother followed some of the exercises the author suggested and purchased a little notebook to capture her findings in; when she died it came to me. On the first page, she tackled some big questions, putting down in writing events and thoughts that had shaped who she was and how she lived her [...]

2019-02-12T20:17:00+00:000 Comments

Are you disconnected from your Core Product? Test your Distrans!

How much are you connected with the Core Product or Core Values in your company? Check your Distrans (the distance between yourself and the Core Product) with a few straightforward questions. In my previous blog I spoke about Distrans: the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Value. The resource can be someone who works closer to the Core Product. It can also be non-human, e.g. an email you wrote to get information on an issue with the Product. The (informal) rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative [...]

2019-02-03T11:05:57+00:003 Comments

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This blog is two weeks out of date now, but I have recently suffered a bereavement in the family and parts of my life got put on the back burner to make way for other things.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