June 19, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Trinity A trinity of partners, working in sync, can propel progress after Covid-19: 1. Private innovation  2. Public investment, and 3. Social support, for those who won’t benefit from 1. & 2.  The right party, pedalling interchangeably in the driving seat, will speed up the journey to recovery.  And guard against too many being left…

June 17, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for Prizes!  Series 60 starts soon….. 1st letter of each Post Title (in a Series) spells a business word – spelt correctly or jumbled up.  Previous answers: Series 59  spelt  H-E-Y-P   (HYPE) Series 58  spelt  B-I-O-M-E-Z   (ZOMBIE) Series 57  spelt  R-O-U-G-H-F-L-U   (FURLOUGH) Series 56  spelt  N-O-W-L-O-C-K-D   (LOCKDOWN) Series 55 …

June 15, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Plague How to trade during plague? See past precedents. Plague stone receptacles at parish & quarantine boundaries sterilised coins in vinegar, in exchange for goods. 1348-50 Black Death took 1/3 of Englanders. 1665-66 Great Plague killed 100,000 Londoners (1/4 of the city).  Then & now: Panic buyers welcome!  But disinfect before entry Guessed the Word? …

June 12, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Yank out Covid-19 dilemma: how to yank out under-performing products/ services/ units? A gentle approach spreads the pain, but slow removal just prolongs the agony. Rip off the sticking plaster in one go. Swift, short, sharp shock; then focus on higher-margin &/or better prospect items to ensure survival Guessed the Word? Series 59 (2/4) pic:…

June 10, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Everything Covid-19 is the ‘everything crisis’. Its impact is sharper, deeper & less predictable than previous shocks.  Even good firms & talented workers will be affected.  Don’t put all the eggs in one basket – diversifying reduces risk of running out of cash before recovery starts. To get an omelette, we have to break eggs. …

June 8, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Home office Covid-19 workplace divide: those with a home office & those without.  We’re all home workers now.  What’s needed to settle down to work in unsettling times/spaces:  A dedicated workspace.  A solid, spacious desk. A comfy chair.  Overhead & desk lamps.  Ideally, a window.  Adjust as needed for online meetings – ironically, when working…

June 2, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for Prizes!  Series 59 starts soon….. 1st letter of each Post Title (in a Series) spells a business word – spelt correctly or jumbled up.  Previous answers: Series 58  spelt  B-I-O-M-E-Z   (ZOMBIE) Series 57  spelt  R-O-U-G-H-F-L-U   (FURLOUGH) Series 56  spelt  N-O-W-L-O-C-K-D   (LOCKDOWN) Series 55  spelt  D-R-S-I-T-U-P   (DISRUPT)   Series 54 …

May 31, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Zombie Exposed by Covid-19: zombie firms that are more debt than alive.  Low interest rates & easy consumer credit kept them teetering on the edge of bankruptcy but undead, despite relentless price pressure.  Lockdown + harsh recession = curtains.  A shakeout will be painful for workers, suppliers & clients, as the dead men stop walking  …

May 29, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Ended Workplace practices ended by Covid-19:  Live group brainstorming.  (The boss’s idea wasn’t always the best anyway).  Allocation of resources by the ‘invisible hand’ of the market. (Replaced by the long arm of the government, in return for loans & grants).  Handshakes at the start & end of meetings.  (Say it with flowers)  Guessed the…

May 25, 2020 admin123@ No comments exist

Mourn Covid-19 casualty: The Office, whose loss we now mourn.  Provider of work, workplace, routine, structure, amusement, purpose, refuge, friends & partners.  Enabler of sanity, escape from home chaos & ways to pass the time.  Separator of work & home lives.  Driver of higher standards of behaviour, dress & language.  Situations vacant: Office Spouse, Jokers…