Posts by Luke Johnson

I spy a way to help companies steal a march

I spy a way to help companies steal a march

1st January 2017

First published in the Sunday Times on 1st January 2017. The business world generally thinks it can learn nothing from the public sector, but, of course, this is nonsense. One specialist arm of the state which could teach many companies a

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We must not let the vegan bullies intimidate business

We must not let the vegan bullies intimidate business

18th December 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 18th December 2016. I received an email from the Humane League recently. At first I assumed it was from the 1980s band that sang about the waitress in a cocktail bar. Unfortunately it

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How to bring up children to become entrepreneurs

How to bring up children to become entrepreneurs

11th December 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 11th December 2016. Will any of my children become entrepreneurs? It is hard to say, since all three are under the age of 12, but in my experience, the most powerful influence on

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Who said our job is not to make profits? Bah humbug!

Who said our job is not to make profits? Bah humbug!

4th December 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 4th December 2016. I fear the symbol of Christmas this year for many companies should not be Santa Claus, but Ebenezer Scrooge. All sorts of industries are experiencing the worst margin squeeze for

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There’s room at the inn for nimble investors

There’s room at the inn for nimble investors

27th November 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 27th November 2016. I have backed a few companies in the hotel and resort business over a number of years, but recently I have committed more capital to the sector after buying a

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Succeed as a leader rather than fail as an emperor

Succeed as a leader rather than fail as an emperor

20th November 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 20th November 2016. Confidence is an obvious requirement for business success — but humility is an asset, too. You need self-confidence to start an enterprise — a powerful belief in your ideas and

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You don’t have to be the best to win — just smart

You don’t have to be the best to win — just smart

13th November 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 13th November 2016. What conclusions should business draw from Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the American presidential election? I don’t mean thoughts on policy or economic matters. Rather, I’m referring to the way

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Lunch is for wimps? No, it greases our wheels

Lunch is for wimps? No, it greases our wheels

6th November 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 6th November 2016. Social customs and practices oil the wheels of commerce. They are probably as important as money in making business transactions happen. But almost none of us is taught such etiquette

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Business bigshots can’t be high and mighty in politics

Business bigshots can’t be high and mighty in politics

30th October 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 30th October 2016. Donald Trump is learning the hard way that standing for political office is not the same as running a business. Superficially it is easy to believe that business leadership has

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The telltale signs that reveal a successful entrepreneur

The telltale signs that reveal a successful entrepreneur

23rd October 2016

First published in the Sunday Times on 23rd October 2016. We all know the world is not black and white but full of shades of grey, and that personality types do not fall into binary categories in real life. Nevertheless,

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