The Alchemy of Coronavirus

Alchemy is a great metaphor for what’s going on right now. The epitome of creative destruction. Firstly, the reduction of the familiar into a mass, then the extraction from the mass of what’s needed, and finally the synthesis of that into the new. Base metal to gold. Coronavirus is a catalyst. It’s started the process.Continue reading “The Alchemy of Coronavirus”

Weathering the Storm

The Calm In the last thirty years, we have built up a huge consulting industry around leadership, coaching, engagement, persuasion, marketing and the rest. Advising, not doing. Risk free expertise. Whilst things were relatively stable, we could develop best practice, and neat models that could be applied without really having to understand them. They didContinue reading “Weathering the Storm”

Where has all the value gone?

I found it extraordinary listening to the news this morning. Two consecutive items made me question our definition of value. Firstly, a piece about Softbank buying call options on around thirty billion dollars of tech stocks – Apple, Tesla etc – which has triggered significant rises in their stock price, which in turn has, soContinue reading “Where has all the value gone?”