Tuesday, August 30, 2022



A sleeper – KLEO – on Netflix.  If you’re a Killing Eve or Tarantino fan (KRC July 19th), buckle up for KLEO.  Bloodshed, violence, humour, beautiful period scenery (East and West Germany in the 80’s and 90’s).  A solid first four episodes then it really hits its stride.  Quirky, stylish, hedonistic, black comedy, interesting characters.


I binged all eight episodes from Dublin to Chicago on Saturday.  Now fingers crossed for a second series.


Watch the trailer here:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15135104/.



Monday, August 15, 2022

Start with the Answer and Work Back

For a decade I worked hand in hand with Bob Seelert – as Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi and as a Publicis Board Member.  A top marketer, a top strategist, a top golfer and a top man.


He celebrates his 80th birthday this month surrounded by the love of his life, Sarah and a posse of upstanding kids and grandkids.


He remains a mentor/commentator for me and reminded me of a speech he made at Cambridge University a dozen years ago – a time when the world was in the throes of a financial crisis and a recession.


His speech was based on the 94 stories he told in his great book “Start with the Answer and Work Back” which was published in May 2009.


Bob’s advice, 11 years on, is still relevant today (KRC July 21 2022).  To quote Bob “Tough times require the absolute best in performance by great leaders.  On an ongoing basis, the three big requirements of a leader are to set direction, to establish standards and to unleash the energy of the organisation”.


Here are his 10 things to do:

  1. Get the truth out on the table.
  2. Establish standards for the new reality.
  3. Think long term; while acting short term.
  4. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
  5. Get all hands on deck.
  6. Get out with your customers.
  7. Stay true to what made you great in the first place.
  8. Reframe the value of your product for the new environment.
  9. Add/Reduce, Create/Eliminate.
  10. Set tight priorities.


Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.



Thursday, August 11, 2022

Foodie Friday – Vive La France!

Two contrasting dinners last week – both rooted in France.


L’Escargot in London’s Soho.  The oldest French restaurant in London.  Established almost 100 years ago in 1927 and still serving classic Escargots, Tournedos Rossini and Foie Gras, classic French Bordeaux/Burgundies, décor old school French traditional.  (I had a big blast here one night 15 years ago in the private Salon Vert room upstairs, which involved All Blacks Sean Fitzpatrick and John Kirwan picking up LRGS school friend Paul Fitton by his underpants!!)  A bygone age (the restaurant, not the rugby antics!).


And then to Lafayette St in NYC to Le Coucou – our new favourite New York restaurant.  A Michelin star, an amazing space, superb service, brilliantly classic French food with imaginative twists – Navets en guise d’escargots – mussel, sea urchin and turnips in disguise, ‘All of the Rabbit’ – in three different plates.  A superb chef – Daniel Rose – and the best Maitre’D in NYC – Robert Banat – ex Nobu, Balthazar, Minetta Tavern and a superb professional photographer in his other life, and an amazing wine-list.  Put it on your next NYC itinerary.



Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Still Rockin’ – I’ve Got It Made


Good mate Peter Corijn, aka Paul Numi is at it again.  Channeling Bryan Adams and Sting:


“If truth be told I’m getting old,

I can’t make it on my own.”


Check it out on YouTube: 






Thursday, August 4, 2022

Five Quotes from a Recent Sequoia Founder’s Meeting



“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Charles Darwin



“Change is inevitable.

Growth is optional.”

John C. Maxwell


Wishful Thinking

“Wishful thinking is a waste of time.

Don’t sit around talking about ‘the good ole days’ with hope they’ll return.”


Age of Instability

“This is the age of instability where managing change is everyone’s job.

Think of it as your personal assignment.”



“You cannot overtake 15 cars in sunny weather ... but you can when it’s raining.”

Ayrton Senna


And one from China:


When the winds of change blow,

some people build walls,

and others build windmills.


Build your Windmill!



Monday, August 1, 2022

Proper Preparation Prevents Pretty Poor Performance


Following on from last week’s checklist for surviving in these challenging times:


1)   Prepare Yourself:

  • Walk towards the pressure.
  • Look at the world as it is, not as it used to be, not as you’d like it to be.
  • Remember your ABC’s (Ambition, Belief, Courage).  You’ve got this.  You will win.  Lead with Courage.
  • Stay true to your Personal Purpose.


2)   Prepare Your Team:

  • Recommit to the Company’s Purpose, stay focused on the Focus.
  • Connect.  Collaborate.  Communicate.  Commit.
  • Remember, none of us is as good as all of us.
  • Practice the Three HUMs (Humanity, Humility, Humour).
  • Cheerlead, spread calm, share the spotlight and zap energy.
  • Focus on Alignment, rather than Agreement.


3)   Prepare The Company:

  • Simplicity wins in a downturn, complexity loses.
  • Speed to Action is a huge differentiator.
  • Eliminate.  Eliminate.  Eliminate.
  • Be choiceful – if it doesn’t reduce risk, save money or drive revenue, don’t do it.
  • See Surviving the Downturn (July 22nd).


Take the Shot!