Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Cemento

Creativity is at the Heart of Human Progress – and a fine exponent of the art is my friend – Giuliano Mazzuoli, a Florentine designer and inventor of the classic school. Check out my favorite watch, the Manometro in stainless steel, and the table clock I can’t live without. Both look like they’ve come straight out of the fastest, newest Fighter Jet cockpit. Giuliano’s CEO, Simone D’Aleo contacted me yesterday with the latest news. The Manometro Cemento. A wristwatch made of Cement – the first ever. Pure. Clean. Strong.

At 70 years old, Giuliano gives all us oldies hope. Creativity is a fire that burns forever.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Victoria Wood RIP

My best friend (and first wife – Barbara) and our daughter Nikki’s favorite comedienne, Victoria Wood, died this week.  A Lancastrian to the core, she was the spokesperson and the mirror for English social class warfare.  Everyone loved Victoria and everyone of my generation has a favorite piece of hers.  Last night over dinner with half a dozen Lancastrian friends, the stories were recited and acted out to laughter all round.  Victoria spent her last hour telling jokes to her children.  Who couldn’t help but laugh.  Classic.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Just received my first 4 copies of 64 Shots – Leadership in a Crazy World – my new book. It’s my 6th published book and despite the ease and convenience of E-Books and Kindles, nothing beats the touch, feel, smell of a brand new, fresh off-the-galleys, hardback book. (Nothing except maybe the thrill of actually seeing it being picked up and purchased in an old time physical book store – roll on June 21.)


Monday, April 18, 2016

First We Say Sorry

I haven’t posted in April – have been contemplating whether to continue the blog, or whether it’s time to move on.

We continue.

But first we say sorry – properly.

The 13th most famous quote is Love Story’s “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. I couldn’t disagree more. I’m more in Ryan O’Neal’s own deadpan riposte to Barbra Streisand two years later “That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard”.

In life – and in business – I’m more with Bernie Taupin “Sorry seems to be the hardest word”.

A study by Roy Lewicki at Ohio State has come up with a six step checklist designed to help you and your ‘victim’ regroup and move on:
  • Acknowledge your responsibility
  • Offer amends
  • Express regret
  • Explain what went wrong
  • Declare repentance
  • Ask for forgiveness.
So, say sorry, explain what went wrong, take responsibility, commit to never making the same mistake again, make amends and ask for forgiveness.

Whilst holding eye contact, speaking caringly and looking for a physical signal to accelerate the healing.

You may have to bear a vent – then repeat the steps.