In 1971, at the age of 17, I had an opportunity that had nothing to do with school but that proved to be the most important educational experience of my life. It took me out of my comfort zone, exposed me to working with people … Continue readingIf you really care about social mobility, start here
At the Stewardship Asia Round Table in Singapore in June, we were discussing the implications of business disruption and I threw out a challenge: Why did some participants continue to see the listed company as the natural vehicle for the aims of the founders … Continue readingIPOs are so yesterday
Here’s a company boss telling regulators worldwide that his business is a threat to competitive markets! (Uber chief says workplace culture needs improvement). So Dara Khosrowshahi wants to make Uber into the Amazon of transportation. He says his ‘aha!’ moment came when he saw … Continue readingUber: don’t be surprised when regulators bite back
The NHS and care crisis gets more attention but a long term funding and reform plan is also badly needed in our justice system (see today’s FT). I fear that years of austerity have been reinforced by the government’s deliberate vandalising of the probation service … Continue readingOur justice system is in urgent need of reform
I am not surprised to read in yesterday’s Observer that, since the AA and the RSA were sold to Private Equity, service levels have declined and there is now a catalogue of examples of long waits for motorists with breakdowns. Ownership matters and car breakdowns … Continue readingCustomers suffer under Private Equity ownership
Full respect to George Freeman MP who is quoted as calling for a ‘messianic crusade to decentralise power’ in a Financial Times article this week. He is right. If government wants to tackle the real issue behind the talk of ‘taking back control’ it needs … Continue readingThe real issue behind the talk of ‘taking back control’
I am following the party conference system and trying to identify grown up current or past front bench politicians who seem to have a responsible approach and serious ideas for government. People who strike me as having some practical experience to put behind their words. … Continue readingLet’s back the grown ups!
Here is something for the Tories to consider at their conference this week. According to The Economist (September 15th, p11) only a third of Americans under 35 say that it is vital that they live in a democracy. The share who would welcome military … Continue readingSobering thought about democracy as the Tories gather