In case you missed – TGBSL #29….Dentistry courses dominated by women in Scotland.

TGBSL explained: In the second book of the semi-autobiographical series describing the progress of an Edinburgh medical graduate, Colin Douglas describes his hero, David Campbell’s, involvement with medical research. The book’s title is “The Greatest Breakthrough Since Lunchtime“ and the cynic in me always remembers it when I read headlines like these. I insist thatContinue reading “In case you missed – TGBSL #29….Dentistry courses dominated by women in Scotland.”

The Weekend Read – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

A great work of the genre known as “popular philosophy” I believe. I read this many years ago and it left its mark on me, if only for a desire to ride a motorcycle through Montana. The author died this week at the age of 88, coincidentally I had been searching without success for my copy ofContinue reading “The Weekend Read – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig”

Someone has to lead, someone has to move the conversation forward..

Lefsetz is talking about BMW and using automobiles as an analogy for Twitter.. “Someone has to lead someone has to move the conversation forward…” “…..our nation has gone topsy-turvy, it’s all about the money. It’s ruined the arts and it’s ruining business. If you’re not making a ton of dough and increasing the number everyContinue reading “Someone has to lead, someone has to move the conversation forward..”

You have to build for the reality we live in, not the one we hope to create.

I have been travelling and choosing to ignore Facebook for a few days, I am starting (probably too late) to actively resent its insidious ubiquity. For someone who is known as, a “hail fellow well met, first to the bar, last to leave, loves a party” person I enjoy my own company, my books, silence & contemplationContinue reading “You have to build for the reality we live in, not the one we hope to create.”

Playing the “What If” game.

I delivered my presentation, “Is Dentistry Making You Sick?” in Gloucestershire a couple of days ago and introduced a game that I suggest participants play with their teams and partners. It’s called “What If” and the rules are simple in the extreme, you come up with the most unlikely thing that you can imagine andContinue reading “Playing the “What If” game.”

“Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?”

Another post via the essential Benedict Evans’ Newsletter. This is from Jeff Bezos‘ (Amazon founder & CEO) annual shareholder letter: “managing Amazon and change in a large company”. Well worth a read. “Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?” That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I’ve been reminding people that it’sContinue reading ““Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?””

The Periodontist, deep pockets in LA.

from the Lefsetz Letter… “I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news.” Huh? I thought the hygienist cleaned and the dentist evaluated. But not at this joint. My old dentist had a love affair with Alaska. For three months every summer he took his boat up north and regaled me with incredible talesContinue reading “The Periodontist, deep pockets in LA.”

They shopped until they dropped and then they stopped….

On the very rare occasions I am in large shopping “malls” (usually visiting a John Lewis – predictable I know) I wonder, “how do these places make any money”? Interesting article in the New York Times about the changes in US retail via Benedict Evans’ Newsletter where he says: Is American retail at a tipping point? (Arguably,Continue reading “They shopped until they dropped and then they stopped….”