Book review: The Noticer, by Andy Andrews (****.)

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The Noticer tells a story, involving the author, of an old man, Jones (“just Jones, not Mr Jones”) visits residents of a village, imparting advice and improving the lives of those he meets on the basis that he is able to ‘notice’  better than most others.

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10 hints and tips before starting an MBA

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I wrote these tips to a friend before he started the same MBA that I was about to finish – they are thoughts that came to mind, which I doubt would have been at the front of my thoughts when I started the program (at least with less clarity/focus).

Hopefully my reflections on the program will help or be of interest, but you should of course form your own opinions also.

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A reflection on MBA programs – was it worth it?

It is now almost two years since I completed my MBA (Duke Goethe Executive MBA).  The program itself lasted 22 months and covered the usual standard courses (finance, marketing, strategy, operations, etc.) and certain optional ‘electives’ (in my case including electives addressing risk, entrepreneurship, private equity, and negotiations).

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I am often asked the question “Was it worth the investment?”  Usually this question refers to the direct cost of doing the MBA (the price paid to the University for the tuition).  There are however other investments made (eg, opportunity cost of time invested, and ancillary costs of accommodation, travel, etc.) that need also to be considered, but are usually covered by the same answers to the question.

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Thoughts on globalisation (written October 2005)

Globalization – Who wins, and who loses?

“Globalization”, in particular the increase in trade across the globe, is not a new occurrence.  It has been occurring over several centuries already, beginning with the trading of key natural resources and continuing into the last century with international trade (export/import) of, mostly, finished goods.

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In the last decade Globalization has become ever more prominent driven by the growth in the role of emerging markets such as China, India, and Latin America, and the trend for producers to source different parts, not just whole finished goods, from different locations depending on their cost competitiveness. These changes have been created by improved technology and focus on reducing trade barriers. Globalization has also become a source of much media attention and raises emotional arguments due to its fundamental impact on the daily lives of people across the globe.

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Does the TW in TWitter stand for Two Wheels?

July 4-26, 2009

July 4-26, 2009

Tour de France (cycling) is perhaps the first sporting event ever where fans can receive personal updates during the race (or at least in between stages) from the competitors.  Many of the riders are tweeting, as well as some former Tour de France riders, and other current and former cycling professionals with views on the race.

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Being a Father

A father and son enjoying time together.

A father and son enjoying time together.

Three years in. Two children, the younger being just over one year old. Lessons learned? Yes. More to learn? Certainly.

On Fathers’ day (in UK and US; in Germany it was back in May), when I started this post, many newspapers were carrying articles about Fatherhood. They covered topics such as not missing too much of your children’s youth (Times), changes to fatherhood in our generation compared to our parents generation (Times and Telegraph), various articles about Fathers’ day presents, and numerous of other ‘Father’ related articles. Given the topic’s current broad coverage, I thought I’d begin to reflect on the last three years, and share my views.

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