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On the bust-up at VW and Brian Grazer’s book on curiosity…

on VW in the FT and on Grazer in the WSJ. Grazer’s book I’d particularly recommend.

On the great sharing economy sham…

…in this week’s Spectator.

Ten Rules of Air Fighting

6a00e553cb00e4883401538de743dc970bReading about the Battle of Britain, I came across this list, the Ten Rules of Air Fighting, written by legendary RAF hard nut and Spitfire ace Adolph “Sailor” Malan. They were pinned up all over RAF Fighter Command.

  1. Wait until you see the whites of his eyes. Fire short bursts of 1 to 2 seconds and only when your sights are definitely ‘ON’.
  2. Whilst shooting think of nothing else, brace the whole of the body, have both hands on the stick, concentrate on your ring sight.
  3. Always keep a sharp lookout. “Keep your finger out!”
  4. Height gives You the initiative.
  5. Always turn and face the attack.
  6. Make your decisions promptly. It is better to act quickly even though your tactics are not the best.
  7. Never fly straight and level for more than 30 seconds in the combat area.
  8. When diving to attack always leave a proportion of your formation above to act as top guard.
  9. INITIATIVE, AGGRESSION, AIR DISCIPLINE, and TEAM WORK are the words that MEAN something in Air Fighting.
  10. Go in quickly – Punch hard – Get out!

A column on the importance of face to face meetings…

..in the Financial Times.

On Lord Browne and Huawei…

…in today’s FT.

Go big or go home

My review of Bold by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler in the wsj.

Lawrence before Arabia

My review of Anthony Sattin’s fascinating new book The Young T.E. Lawrence in today’s wsj.com.

…and now Prof. Edelman apologizes.

I’m sure this was a totally personal decision.

HBS negotiation professor goes doolally over $4 overcharge on Chinese take-out.

Priceless evidence that obsessing over the details of a negotiation isn’t always the best idea. As I dimly recall, sometimes one should just step up to the balcony, have a good look at one’s BATNA and ZOPA and if possible build a golden bridge to the other side. Don’t just try to carve up the existing pie (or in this case the stir fried chicken with spicy capsicum), Professor Ben Edelman. Find a way to expand it! Don’t make it a zero-sum game. Make it win-win! For you and the Sichuan Garden of Woburn, MA.

Congratulations to Hilary Sargent and Boston.com for their excellent scoop.

Returning to HBS

Yesterday, I found myself back on the HBS campus for the first time since I graduated to talk to a group of MBA students about writing and publishing. The campus is festooned – Ok, a few lampposts are festooned – with these banners displaying quotes from alumni and faculty  intended to stoke interest in yet another fund-raising campaign. Perhaps I’m getting slow, but it took a couple of reads before I could grasp what they were trying to say. If “You’re only as good as the leaders you have underneath you,” then who are you??? That aside it was great to go back and meet some of the classes of 2015 & 2016. Thank you for the invitation, Gong Ke Gouldstone, and all who showed up.

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