Author Archives: Michael Carr

About Michael Carr

Specialising in Strategy, Systems and Organisational Design I've had a varied and rewarding career and been fortunate to work for some superb companies such as Courtaulds, Unipart International, Akzo Nobel and more recently Jaguar Landrover, all luminaries of a solid, disciplined and a conservative, though never lacking in innovation, approach to business management and development. Augmenting my career with studying for my MBA at Warwick in the early 90's has given me a balanced and I believe rich resource set to draw upon in my Consultancy Practice. My Clients have been good to me, tolerating my idiosyncrasies, giving me enough rope to go along the journey that I was taking them and hopefully in return I've been able to repay them by raising the bar and their business performance, giving them the results and achievements they were looking for. I really enjoy my work and love the challenge - isn't that what it's all about?

A Simple Tale of Slippers and Batch Control

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 … Continue reading

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John Clarke RIP

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 … Continue reading

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#PM Brexit Letter# Understanding Grexit

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 … Continue reading

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Economic Insight for Informed Business Decisions

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 … Continue reading

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“We’ve Just Engineered a Tool for Delivering Stem Cells, Mid Brain”

The statement above was quietly delivered by a Dr Stone, a Clinical Scientist at Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge. at a presentation that I attended last night. I sat amongst the audience and took in what he had just said; the capability … Continue reading

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The Bhagavad Gita

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 … Continue reading

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Are Your Profits under Threat?

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 … Continue reading

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