So who would like a laugh at my expense?
On Wednesday I bought a new pair of slippers – nothing of particular interest except that they were too tight.
Quick check of the label said they were my size- “I’ll let them stretch a little”.. but alas it soon became apparent that they had been incorrectly labelled.
I mused whilst standing at the returns desk as to where in the manufacturing process the error had been introduced.
At this point I must have had brain fade because I exchanged them for the next size up-logical right?
Nope! I now flip flop around the house with a pair that are too big.
So a lesson for Carr – back to Go, past QC, do not collect £200, and remember to collect your books on SPC on your way there lol!
I guess the lesson learnt is don’t assume that you know root cause and propose a solution until you know all of the facts.
Anyone want to buy a nearly new pair of slippers – size extra-large?
Well no sooner had I posted the previous short piece mentioning the brilliant satirist John Clarke, then news reached me that he has died .
Apparently whilst out bush-walking in Victoria he died from natural causes . He was aged 68.
Thank you John for your brilliance and humour. RIP.
So today, our Prime Minister, signed the letter that will inform the EU of our intention to leave the European Union.
The events leading up to today have been a colourful twist of hyperbole, dis-information, naievity and political snakes and ladders inter-twined with cliques and cabals, a play out, worthy of the Bard himself rising to script this masterpiece for the 21st Century.
Where it leaves us, is firmly in our own hands, the ultimate in self actualisation in a global economy we’ve done it before and delivered handsomely, albeit we might need to blow the cobwebs off that particular book.
We now have a different generation at the helm of GB PLC, one unfettered by constrictive practices and a recalcitrant workforce. As a lean advocate, I think that stripping away bureaucracy and maybe even walking away from toxic EU debt cannot be anything but a good thing and it has certainly forced a re-think of strategy.
From what I read in my daily news, what appears to have emerged is a healthy realisation of opportunity tempered with pragmatism – would it be anything less? perhaps not but it should certainly galvanise a call to action, to lift our heads and think, really seriously about where our future business is going to come from – wasn’t it Benjamin Franklin who is quoted as saying ” Failing to plan is planning to fail”
I’ll leave with a more light-hearted perspective at the European position as admirably discussed by Clarke & Dawe. – Enjoy!
I’ve commented before on the availability of economic and industry data reports from the banks. If you haven’t already subscribed for these reports I do recommend them to you.
The reports are not just to aid you when you start thinking about refreshing your annual Operating Plan but also act as a radar, alerting you to events that perhaps you hadn’t thought about.
I’ve just signed up for a selection of reports that I think may be of value for my Clients, I’ll keep an eye on them for salient points.
Have a look, see what you think- as ever, happy to discuss them with you.
This link is for Lloyds Bank but of course other banks also provide them as well.
Searching for a book for my recent long haul trip, my wife rather appropriately, suggested The Bhagavad-Gita, a series of Hindu spiritual readings relating to life on earth.
There was one particular story that caught my eye, entitled – The Graduation Test.
The story relates to military training and how each student was tasked with firing a single arrow at the head of a wooden eagle placed on a nearby tree.
The question was asked of each student “Get ready, look at the eagle, and tell me what you are seeing.”
To which they replied “I see the sky, the clouds, the tree trunk, the branches, the leaves and the eagle sitting there”
One student answers “I only see the eagle and nothing else”
When he shot his arrow he landed true and successfully passed his test
The summation of the teaching is that whatever you are doing, put your whole mind on it; if you’re shooting, your mind should be only on the target, then you will never miss.
That’s what we do…… right?…
I note from this week’s Sunday papers that Ernest Young Accountants, reported that profit warnings were at their highest since the 2008 crisis.
The comment is made that “many UK companies still face sluggish, disrupted and competitive forces with Brexit adding further layers of challenge but also opportunity”
So what question is being posed? – Well in my language, I guess the question is “are you doing enough in your capacity as a Director or Senior Manager to address your future profits?”
In our day-to-day work we become absorbed in shifting metal, processing the order, chasing the cash, dealing with staff issues, but what are we doing strategically to position and react to the competitive environment; what initiatives are you driving, this year, to improve your performance?
I’ll leave you with that thought this morning; pick up the phone if you’d like to investigate further – without any pressure.