Desert Island Discs – John Timpson

I am a great fan of Desert Island Discs, it’s required listening – usually via the podcast. I was lucky enough to meet its creator Roy Plomley more than 35 years ago and found him to be as urbane and charming in the flesh as he sounded on air. A great man for asking questionsContinue reading “Desert Island Discs – John Timpson”

Never Too Big To Stock Shelves – Guest Blog

This is from the two pint chicken blog Monday evenings are generally quiet in my local supermarket.  Yesterday evening I nipped round the shop and soon filled my basket.  When I got to the checkouts there were queues – not unusual in a big city but unusual even on busy days here.  Customers were lookingContinue reading “Never Too Big To Stock Shelves – Guest Blog”

The Monday Morning Quote #360

A couple of quotes from Andrew Grove who died last Monday. “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” “A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.”Continue reading “The Monday Morning Quote #360”

Lefsetz on Founders

From The Lefsetz Letter – March 13th. I don’t always agree with what Bob Lefsetz writes but I enjoy what he says and usually the way that he says it. Founders Don’t take no for an answer. But when their product is in the marketplace to no acclaim, to little adoption, they pivot. He whoContinue reading “Lefsetz on Founders”

It was 35 years ago today and my life changed.

This day in 1981 was a Thursday. I had completed an SHO post at Withington and wanted a change from oral surgery after 32 months in 3 contrasting hospitals. Back in my parents’ home in Cambridgeshire I picked up the BDJ and rang the number of the closest practice that was advertising for an associate.Continue reading “It was 35 years ago today and my life changed.”

NASDAL results show growth in private practice profits.

NASDAL – the National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers – today released their analysis of client figures for the year ending April 2015. Full report in Dentistry Online here. Key points are: The UK dental market has continued to grow at a rate of around 4.4% with relatively unchanged costs and a prolongedContinue reading “NASDAL results show growth in private practice profits.”

On award winning pies…

I was listening to Simon Mayo’s programme on Radio 2 a few minutes ago and I heard him interviewing John Nicholl from A.F.Huddlestons Butchers in Windermere. Last Wednesday they won “the national title of supreme champion at the British Pie Awards” for their beef and vegetable pasty known as “The Grafter”. Their butcher’s business employsContinue reading “On award winning pies…”