First published in The Sunday Times on 12th February 2017. There are various catalysts that spur entrepreneurs into action — revenge, frustration, greed, poverty and desire among them. But boredom can be a powerful stimulus, too. Lots of entrepreneurs I’ve
Founders can profit from those moments of boredom
The entrepreneur’s playlist: songs to say I did it my way
First published in The Sunday Times on 5th February 2017. Entrepreneurs need plenty of creative inspiration. I’ve written before about the novels and movies that helped fuel my ambition. This week I turn to music — which can move the
Sharing upstarts? No, they are tax-avoiding skimmers
First published in The Sunday Times on 29th January 2017. Capitalism can be adroit at presenting itself in a cuddly light, and technology businesses are especially good at this trick. A sector engaged in “collaborative consumption” has been branded the
Could Whitbread’s bosses make a frothy cappuccino?
First published in The Sunday Times on 15th January 2017. One of my core beliefs about business success is that domain knowledge really matters. What I mean by this is that directors should possess a deep understanding of their industry,
Oh Lord, make it new — just not too new
First published in The Sunday Times on 8th January 2017. I used to chair a marketing business called Loewy Group. Its original industrial-design operation was founded by a brilliant Frenchman called Raymond Loewy in 1930. Loewy died in 1986, but
I spy a way to help companies steal a march
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
We must not let the vegan bullies intimidate business
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
Who said our job is not to make profits? Bah humbug!
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