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I’m Spartacus!

I’m Spartacus!

What a classic line from the 1960’s film Spartacus with the wonderful Kirk Douglas in the lead role, who’s died today at the age of 103. Just in case you haven’t seen the film, it’s the story of a slave sometime in antiquity who led a revolt against the Romans. ...

Do Small Changes Really Make a Difference?

Do Small Changes Really Make a Difference?

“Where are we going, Walt?” This is Simon, my friend and the much more experienced sailor. I’m at the helm of a yacht in the Mediterranean with a small group of friends. I’ve been given a heading to follow on the compass of 272, but have lost concentration for a few...

New Year. New idea?

New Year. New idea?

“Why are you buying that, Grandad? You didn’t use the one you bought last year”. This is my 10-year old granddaughter challenging me in our local stationers as I take a new wall year-planner to the counter. She’s right, of course. They always are. I didn’t use my wall...

Could you move an audience with your expertise?

Could you move an audience with your expertise?

She handed the 80-year old cricket ball to the leather restoration expert. “It was given to my father in 1939 by Birmingham Parks Department for outstanding achievement and now it’s very tired and worn”.  One of my favourite UK TV programmes is The Repair...

How often do you say Yes?

How often do you say Yes?

“I say ‘Yes’ a lot”. This was the Executive Editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, when asked about his management style, on a UK radio programme last week.  What a wonderful philosophy, I thought: to be able to hear those words from your boss on a...

Do You Keep Your Audience Interested?

Do You Keep Your Audience Interested?

As soon as we knew some pieces were missing, she lost interest. I was with Becca, my 7-year old granddaughter and we’d been doing a jigsaw puzzle. Most of it was completed when we realised there were some pieces missing. Immediately, she lost interest and wandered...

Do you love your job?

Do you love your job?

“I love my job”. This was a young Naval officer being interviewed during a TV series about Britain’s biggest and latest warship HMS Queen Elizabeth.  I don’t know why I found the comment unexpected. Yes, she knew she was being filmed, though she might not...

Do you have enough prospects?

Do you have enough prospects?

“Here’s one, Granddad. It’s lovely!” My two granddaughters and I are collecting conkers in the park. They were right, of course. Their conkers were beautiful with that rich brown hue in a wonderful shiny coating. Conkers are wonderful, aren’t they? They look so...

Are you the best you can be?

Are you the best you can be?

I’m in my car waiting for the instruction to drive off. Jürgen, my driving assessor, is sitting beside me, clipboard at the ready. Like some of you, it’s been a long time since I passed my driving test. So when I discovered I had a driving instructor living opposite I...

So, you’re enthusiastic. But is it enough?

So, you’re enthusiastic. But is it enough?

Tom is struggling to get the car in gear. It’s a small Kia, manual gearbox, right hand drive. As an American he’s used to automatic, left-hand drive. Actually, he’s a world traveller and has driven in all parts of the world. But this Kia’s gearbox holds some...

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