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House Of Cards - A Political Intrigue for an Internet Age

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 9:29 AM

Reinventing Francis Urquhart, political manipulator from the pen of Michael Dobbs and his House of Cards trilogy present on our screens in the early 90's, was going to take some doing. But I do believe Netflix has pulled it off.

Put aside the audacious launch on-line that hammers yet...

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Why New Powers to Sack Workers Would Backfire

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 8:37 AM

Adrian Beecroft's hotly anticipated report to number 10 on how to improve growth and efficiency through changing employment law is now characterised by one controversial suggestion. Doing away with unfair dismissal.

Vince Cable and Nick Clegg were right to challenge this provision (as has been reported) asking "where is the...

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I Stand Corrected, the Fish Rots From the Tail...

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 11:08 AM

In July last year I suggested that the claims made by Rebekah Brooks that she knew nothing of phone hacking under her tenure, if true, suggested she was at best a poor leader, and that if she was indeed neutral in shaping the culture under her at News International, we...

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Scottish Independence? We Are Better United - I'm Betting My Life on It

(59) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 8:00 PM

The Scottish independence debate has now pitched the former economist Alex Salmond against The Economist. Their front page illustration makes light of the portentous financial state that it argues would follow a break up of the union (Skintland, capital city - Edinborrow...) and neither the wit of the cover nor...

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"Slacking" is a More Complicated Issue Than the Reports Suggest

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 8:27 AM

I should be grateful to the venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft. Being a partner in a young business taking on its first employees I lie awake at night wondering what to do when faced with a militant slacker who will undermine our endeavours at every turn.

He has reported to the...

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Why They Do 'Masterchef' Better Down Under

(4) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 8:46 AM

I first saw Masterchef Australia (Watch weekdays at 8pm) while on holiday in Sydney a couple of years ago and my initial reaction was that it was a mash-up of formats akin to Aussie rules football.

The format was a build on the UK version but with...

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Why They Do 'Masterchef' Better Down Under

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 8:46 AM

I first saw Masterchef Australia (Watch weekdays at 8pm) while on holiday in Sydney a couple of years ago and my initial reaction was that it was a mash-up of formats akin to Aussie rules football.

The format was a build on the UK version but with...

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Mr Letwin: Here is a Suggestion.

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 5:21 PM

Oliver Letwin's remarks last week that public service providers need to experience discipline and fear prompted a predictable and somewhat understandable backlash. But his published comments left me wondering - who exactly is he talking about? Front line employees? Managers? Leaders?

I have a great deal of sympathy with...

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The Importance of Humility in Leadership

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 7:57 AM

At the start of Culture committee interrogation we saw a glimpse of humility from Rupert Murdoch. Asking if he could say something briefly, he stated "I would just like to say one sentence - this is the most humble day of my life".

Humility in Leadership is important. Many commentators...

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A Fish Rots From the Head

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 12:13 PM

Rebekah Brooks reiterated this week in a letter to the Home Affairs Committee, responding to a request from its chair MP Keith Vaz that she could not have known about the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone. 'I want to be absolutely clear that as editor of News of the World...

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What Jeremy Clarkson Doesn't Get About Salford

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 12:12 PM

So Jeremy Clarkson would rather resign than follow the BBC up north. I'm not sure under what circumstances this would be expected of him so I'm left with the feeling that he is issuing forth just to make a point. And his point is that to relocate away from London...

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