Random Musings

A blog about sustainability, society, and whatever else springs to mind

The Euro – The Most Destructive Political Act Since World War II

Posted on January 9th, 2015

As the original objective of the Euro – to increase the prosperity and wellbeing of European citizens – is clearly failing, the preservation of the Euro has become an end in itself for the political elite. Yet the introduction of the single currency has been the most socially destructive political act since World War II. This […] ...Read more »

Helping Leaders Achieve Positive Change

Posted on December 7th, 2014

Leaders attempting positive change can run into conflicts with embedded perceptions of their own sense of self. Changing such perceptions may be a challenging process. This article was written in collaboration with Graham Lee and was first published in the Huffington Post and in Het Financieele Dagblad When Prime Minister, Tony Blair said that it’s not the role of […] ...Read more »

Leadership For Change – Lessons From Rwanda

Posted on October 26th, 2014

Corporate leaders who have trouble achieving radical change in their organisations could do worse than to take a look at what has been achieved in Rwanda in the 20 years since a brutal genocide left the country on its knees. This article was first published in The Huffington Post I used to be sympathetic to […] ...Read more »

Welcome to the next financial crisis

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Until structural reform of the banking system starts being taken seriously, we should brace ourselves for the next financial crisis, and the one after that, and the one…… This article first appeared in The Huffington Post and in Het Finincieele Dagblad In a recent speech Angela Merkel stated that “the danger of another financial crisis is […] ...Read more »

La Roja – Lessons for Leadership

Posted on July 9th, 2014

This article first appeared in Het Financieele Dagblad and in The Huffington Post The performance of the Spanish national football team over the six years up to their ignominious exit from the 2014 world cup holds important lessons for how to build and when to dismantle a winning team. Four years ago my Spanish partner […] ...Read more »

Enough of the politics of Punch and Judy

Posted on July 5th, 2014

This article was first published in The Huffington Post The current UK coalition government has worked remarkably well. Everyone I speak to who is not personally embedded in the political process seems to agree. Yet there are calls from parts of the grass roots of both governing parties to abandon the coalition. Why? And are […] ...Read more »