Category Archives: Global Brands

Good neighbours

Last week I heard about a brand whose senior management team literally lives by its promise to the market. The story came from one of the CEO’s we mentor under the Amalgam Leadership programme. His brand is a microfinance lender … Continue reading

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Customer Service Weak

Did you notice that last week was Customer Service week, everywhere on the planet? The Internet says Customer Service Week is celebrated annually during the first full week in October when customer-oriented organisations around the world recognise the importance of … Continue reading

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Strategic Imperative

It’s October, which means budget time. This is the month where we combine the last drive to deliver the the current year target with the drafting of strategies for the coming year. Most established businesses have their templates and formats. … Continue reading

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The Uber Effect

In the so-called developed world there’s a lot of antipathy towards Uber. Much of it seems to be from people who have turf to protect (London’s Black Cab community), or drivers (in India) who were dissatisfied with the initial commercial … Continue reading

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Open plan. Closed culture

The BBC recently highlighted research revealing that employees in open plan offices spend 73% less time in face to face interactions. Whilst email use increased by over 67%. That’s no surprise to me. Three decades ago, when I joined the … Continue reading

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The fake CEO

Have you read about the French company Laboratoires Berden and its charismatic CEO, Eric Dumonpierre? Founded in 1996, the company launched Mutorex, an anti-obesity drug. Dumonpierre rapidly became a star chief executive, winning several awards for corporate social responsibility. He … Continue reading

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HR – Hero or Zero

It’s always an inspiration to meet a modern HR professional. The natural developer of talent, with high EQ and a very clear view on the commercial needs of their business. The problem is, you don’t meet many. Historically this has … Continue reading

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Fear inhibits growth

Last week I caught up with an old friend who leads a financial PR business in China. We fell to reminiscing about corporate life in multinationals, and it didn’t take long for the old discontent to resurface (he’s still harness, … Continue reading

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China the Brand

Last week I was working in Lusaka, although quite frankly I could have been in Beijing. I stayed in a 5-star Chinese Hotel and used its impressive Congress venue. The place was ultra-modern and as clean as a whistle. Everything … Continue reading

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Private Equity

Last weekend I spent a long day in rural Yorkshire in the North of England. Tramping the fields, we had plenty of time to chat and I met a man in Private Equity. It’s an interesting profession. Investing in enterprises … Continue reading

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