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There will always be a need for good journalism, and BBC is an important part of that

Posted on 21 January 2016 | 6:01am

I am in Holland today, speaking at an event for the Dutch media organised by the national broadcaster, NOS. The speech is below. Some of it will be familiar to regular readers, some of it less so, as they asked me to give an assessment of the media today and where it might be heading. […]

A bit of nostalgia on the town where I was born

Posted on 12 January 2016 | 9:01am

I do like writing, and usually I am the one deciding what to write, and enjoying the oddness of where ideas come from and why they strike me as being interesting at that time. But every now and then someone else comes along and provokes the idea. So it was over Christmas when the Yorkshire […]

Five thousand words or so on how today’s challenges for leaders are tougher than 1997, and lots of other stuff. Happy Christmas

Posted on 20 December 2015 | 1:12pm

I’ve not done a big blog for a while, so as I penned this speech for a conference in France today, and I saw it was getting close to the 5,000 word mark, I thought ‘why not? Get it up there.’ The conference is in Montpellier in southern France and they asked me to reflect […]

‘European history will see this as the age of Merkel’

Posted on 11 December 2015 | 9:12am

Angela Merkel having – rightly in my view – been named Time Magazine ‘Person of the Year’, I thought I would post the mini-profile of the German Chancellor I wrote in WINNERS AND HOW THEY SUCCEED. This was written before Ukraine, the continuing fallout from the Greek/Eurozone financial calamity, and the migration crisis were all […]

Brailsford cycling genius + Bloodwise great cause = fantastic night out. Sign up here

Posted on 29 October 2015 | 11:10am

Sir Dave Brailsford is a modern sporting genius. And Bloodwise is a great charity. So I hopefully won’t need to give too hard a sell to get some of you to come along to hear the former talk about his life and times, and raise money for the latter in the process. November 25, London. […]

Nice guy, good MP, making the weather: but it has to be ABC – Anyone But Corbyn. Labour could be finished if he wins

Posted on 10 August 2015 | 11:08am

I have thought long and hard, having said two months ago I didn’t intend to get involved in the Labour leadership debate, about whether to publish this piece. I am also aware that there is a risk that it will have precisely the opposite of the effect I hope it has – namely to make […]

Guest blog from a father who lost his daughter and wants to help others avoid the same fate

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 6:07am

“In business, you have politics and profit. In charity, you have politics.” Or so the saying goes. I have been in business and understand that sentiment, but charity is still pretty new to me, in the sense that our family just set up a charity earlier this year. Of course, it’s not party politics that’s […]

A good new name for a great old charity and a good example of OST in action

Posted on 17 June 2015 | 7:06am

If you have ever heard me speak, or read much of what I have written, you may know that I consider OST to be the three most important letters in the language. O for Objective. S for Strategy. T for Tactics. Get them muddled or wrongly ordered and you are setting yourself up for failure. […]

Enough of the ‘lessons of defeat’ – Can we learn some lessons of victory please?

Posted on 11 June 2015 | 5:06am

Desperate times call for desperate measures. On the back of big defeat must come big bold ideas for how to turn setback into opportunity. Some will be little more than the stuff of fantasy. Others may have the grains of possibility within them. So let’s start with fantasy. Last night, back from a short and […]

Charles Kennedy – a lovely man, a talented politician, a great friend with a shared enemy

Posted on 2 June 2015 | 7:06am

Charles Kennedy was a lovely man, and a highly talented politician. These are the kind of words that always flow when public figures die, often because people feel they have to say those things, and rightly they are flowing thick and fast today as we mourn an important public figure, and a little bit of […]