Have you heard the story about how NASA engineers spent a million dollars developing an astronaut pen that would work in zero gravity? And how the Russian, being smarter, issued their cosmonauts with pencils. Continue reading “Apocrypha now: the true story of NASA’s space pen”
I like this from Samuel Beckett.
On the other hand, as the old joke goes, if at first you don’t succeed, parachuting is not a great sport for you.
Origin stories are important for business. They can be a source of living inspiration and guidance. For example, it’s very important for Silicon Valley companies to start in a garage. HP started it all here at 367 Addison Avenue.
I’ve just finished re-reading Churchill’s war memoirs and also Andrew Roberts’s new book, Masters and Commanders, about the relationship between Roosevelt and Marshall, Churchill and Brooke. Continue reading “How Winston Churchill used humour as a management tool”
For the last decade, I’ve been compiling a list of ‘rules’ for client management based on very personal, subjective reactions to things that happened to me, mainly in the business world. Continue reading “40 Essential rules for stress-free client management”