May 2014

 

Naval Gazing

Apparently the US Naval Research Laboratory has found a cunning way to create hydrocarbon fuels from seawater http://1.usa.gov/1lTC4IP Using a catalyst the NRL have taken seawater and...

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Hot Water at Walden Pond

One of the very first excursions I took into deep ecology was almost 40 years ago when for the first time I picked up Henry Thoreau’s book “Walden”. For those who don’t...

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Should Apple buy Beats Electronics?

Apple is expected to bid for Beats Electronics this week. Is this a signal that Tim Cook is floundering? Or is this the beginning of a new strategy for Apple – create value by making...

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Is AstraZeneca the hen or the pig?

Many mergers and acquisitions are like a hen approaching a pig and saying that it would be a good idea for the two of them to go into business selling bacon and eggs. The catch … as you...

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Viva Ashridge

Visitors clients and colleagues alike value the very special surroundings at Ashridge House. Such a historically significant estate goes hand-in-hand with an enormous maintenance challenge not...

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Buying a good business

Every leader wants to own good businesses ones in high growth profitable industries that have a competitive advantage. But what do you do if you want to buy a good business but you are not...

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Why experiential learning lasts

There was a great response to Ashridge associate Eve Poole’s presentation on the neuroscience of leadership at this week’s CIPD Learning and Development show. In this blog we...

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