Interview with Florian Homm – a reformed hedge fund manager

The day after Thanksgiving, I spoke at length on the telephone with Florian Homm, who used to run a multi-billion dollar hedge fund, before disappearing in 2007. He has since repented of his greed and I explain some of this in this interview in The Financial Times today. His book is available on Amazon and… Continue reading Interview with Florian Homm – a reformed hedge fund manager

Time to Stand Up for Middle Managers

My Financial Times column 10/11/11 The death of the middle manager is one of those headlines like falling house prices or rising university tuition that seem purpose-built to wreak mental havoc on swaths of the professional middle class. What other curses do the economic gods have in mind? These thoughts were prompted by a recent… Continue reading Time to Stand Up for Middle Managers

Management Gurus Up for Review

My Financial Times column 01/03/11 Whatever economic trauma besets the rest of Japan, its pop culture never ceases to throw up surprises. The latest is a novel about high school baseball shot through with lessons from Peter Drucker. Yes, that Peter Drucker, author of The Effective Executive; Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices; Managing for the Future and fistfuls… Continue reading Management Gurus Up for Review

Simplicity and the storm before the calm

My Financial Times column 12/27/10 Lew Wasserman, the Hollywood mogul who ran MCA, used to wait in his office until everyone had gone home and then walk around looking for papers left on his agents’ desks. If he found them, he would sweep them into the bin. A messy desk, he thought, implied a messy… Continue reading Simplicity and the storm before the calm

How to turn slack time into profit

My Financial Times column 12/20/10 We all have slack in our lives, hours when we could be working rather than loafing, talents that go unused and physical assets that sit rusting away in garages, lofts and storage units, which might better be sold or rented out. If we were managers of factories, supply chains or… Continue reading How to turn slack time into profit

Family constraints have their benefits

My Financial Times column 12/13/10 One of the keenest criticisms of modern business is that it places unreasonable burdens on families. Demanding employers and the proliferation of always-on communication devices, such as the BlackBerry, plunder whatever morsels of family life remain. Children are left to scratch out their own emotional educations when both parents must… Continue reading Family constraints have their benefits

Cloud Computing is Not a Passing Shower

My Financial Times column 12/6/10 One way you can be sure a revolution is under way is when generations fundamentally disagree. Cloud computing is one of those technological phenomena that has sneaked up on the wider world of business and now has people on either side of a generational divide bickering over its value. The… Continue reading Cloud Computing is Not a Passing Shower

Leadership is Not Just for the Extroverts

My Financial Times Column 11/29/10 One of the paradoxes of leadership is that the people who most want to lead are often the last people we would want given the responsibility. The pushy hack, the selfish careerist and the ruthless opportunist are just some of the unpleasant types who tend to force their way to… Continue reading Leadership is Not Just for the Extroverts

Keep it Simple to Understand Value

My Financial Times column 11/15/10 Value is one of those terms better understood outside business than inside. Any household bill payer knows the difference between good and bad value. Most of us have a keen sense of whether goods are priced fairly or not. But step into the corporate world, and suddenly the term goes… Continue reading Keep it Simple to Understand Value

Find a Way into the hearts of customers

My Financial Times column 11/8/10 Imagine a couple goes in to see a doctor who tells them their child will be born with a genetic disorder. It is mid-morning and when they emerge from their consultation, they see a row of parents bouncing their healthy children on their laps. The emotional shock they have just… Continue reading Find a Way into the hearts of customers