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Posted by: on August 29, 2018

Unions and Management: A Displaced Friendship

As an outgrowth of the Great Depression and subsequently, World War II, Americans were more unionised than ever before in history with one of three Americans represented by unions.[i] Yale University economist Charles E. Lindbloom was one of the first to sound the alarm on what he perceived to be the emergent threat of unionism on […]

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Posted by: on July 23, 2018

Dealing with the Media During Turbulent Times

Following on from the panel discussion on crisis management that sparked my previous blog crisis planning during turbulent times, I’m now going to explore dealing with the media during turbulent times; how best to work with them and how to build better relationships that ultimately reflect positively on an organisation. The media – how should we […]

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Posted by: on June 18, 2018

Crisis Planning During Turbulent Times

I recently participated in a robust panel discussion on crisis management at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where the students had just wrapped up a five-day simulated business crisis relating to a fictitious national restaurant chain dealing with an outbreak of E.coli. Below are […]

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Posted by: on May 30, 2018

20 years later

How did a single comment become the guiding principle behind my work? “Well, that is a nice trick to improve the efficiency of solar panels. Sadly, it won’t be of any use unless we stop increasing the overall energy consumption of society.” This caught my attention as I was sitting in my research lab’s weekly […]

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Posted by: on May 16, 2017

Why you should jolt yourself before the world jolts you

“Let well enough alone”, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – sure these are pretty good bits of advice, but only if you live and work in stable times. I can’t remember such a time – the past decades have been all about technological and market disruptions and just delivering on one’s job description […]

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Posted by: on May 16, 2017

Leadership from a different perspective

Humanities & leadership Every business school has classes on leadership. Usually these classes use case studies demonstrating times business and government leaders solved difficult issues and talk about incentives, personality types, and communication.  Oxford Saïd, though, has the distinction of being part of a 1,000-year old University. In addition to typical leadership classes, Oxford Saïd […]

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Posted by: on April 21, 2017

Three things we need to save our world from climate change

“There is the natural tendency that all of us are vulnerable to, to deny unpleasant realities and to look for any excuse to push them away and resolve to think about them another day long in the future” – Al Gore on climate change. This statement is true in my life. At the age of […]

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Posted by: on April 21, 2017

Living exceptionally – Step 1: Saïd Business School

A common human desire is to live a better life. It is why we strive hard, work, educate, travel and raise our children to dream. I am no different, although in some ways, the admission that I want to live a better life makes me bristle. It feels like a ‘western world’ and spoiled kind […]

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