Educational alternatives for the masses

Yesterday morning I decided to see if the rainforest shop have any books on how to land non-executive roles. My search came back with: 1. The NED Directors Handbook: How to become effective, get noticed and exercise proper due diligence I’ll ignore the fact they said...

Abolishing the Office of National Statistics

You can add huge value to a company’s Board if you’re an alternative thinker and have an interest in common sense (the irony of which is that it’s not that common). Consider the story of John James Cowperthwaite, the financial secretary of Hong Kong in the 1960s. When...

What a nanny can teach you

I’ve heard stories of au pairs/nannies earning a small fortune for looking after people’s kids – complete with free skiing holidays and use of the family Range Rover. But now I know someone who has landed one of these gigs. She’s a friend of my wife’s, in her...

Could David Brent land Non-Exec gigs?

“You just have to accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue.” David Brent Substitute for Michael Scott if you prefer the US Office. I was wondering the other day whether David Brent would have had a chance of landing NED gigs after...

The importance of planning Guerrillareenos

I have a one-year, five-year, ten-year, and kicking the kids out of the house at eighteen-years-old plan. The one-year plan is progressing pretty well, and I check it at least once a week to see if I’m on track. That plan links into the five-year, which leads into the...