“nice deal” $1 – $49,000
“very nice deal” $50,000 – $99,000
“good deal” $100,000 – $250,000
“significant deal” $251,000 – $499,000
“major deal” $500,000 and up

Several publishers have published my non-fiction, but like many people I secretly yearn to publish a novel. I wrote one called ‘The Gritties’and have lucked out with a most fab agent to sell it. But this ‘sell it’ is proving harder to do than say: the manuscript is getting repeatedly rejected. Some of the calls seem very close: ‘almost-takers’ which are more maddening than immediate and direct rejections. Even though in my day job I am used to ongoing and regular feedback, Continue reading

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Everywhere I go these days people are running leadership programmes. You could get the impression that everyone can and wants to be a leader, that managing well and stuff like margin and market don’t matter too much , and that if you fill your enterprise with people who’ve had leadership training, then all will be fine and dandy with the world. Well doh! – is it just my sceptical nature , or does this beg the question – yes, but who actually does the work?

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We rarely hear contestants in ‘The Apprentice’ making claims like ‘Others can trust me to deliver’ or ‘Relationships are most important to me’. Instead it’s mostly self-puffery and macho silliness, which is so very entertaining.

In contrast, I’ve just worked for a professional service firm in crisis: beset by scandal and with a big hole in their own finances. The overwhelming atmosphere here is one of collective depression and disengagement. Betrayed by their ex-leader who faces criminal charges, some of the staff seem able only to stare out of the window, in listless hope that redemption from the gods might arrive there. They have lost the trust of the customers they exist for – and internally too, between departments and individuals, trust has broken down. If not restored, this lack of trust may mean the enterprise ends up skint.

The idea of prosperity being embedded in social networks is not a new one. But a social network is meaningless Continue reading


A disagreement has broken out between Malcolm Gladwell and Clay Shirky over the power of social networking. The former thinks it is overrated as a means of social change. Previously he has described how as an introvert he has learnt to love speaking in public. It occurs to me this preference could certainly influence how we like to communicate online.

Two years ago as a family we lived on site while doing up an old rural barn. It was a huge renovation project and stuff often went wrong – flooding, falls into cesspits, Continue reading