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Archive for December 2012


December 24, 2012

It’s Christmas Eve morning and Santa Claus has been and gone. In fact, it’s over two weeks now since he visited our household and left presents for the children. He actually came on 6th December, the feast of St Nicholas – which is where the name Santa (Ni)Claus derives from. So, is that it for […]

Mr Porsche Driver Man

December 17, 2012

Many years ago, when I was still driving, I was creeping along in slow moving traffic just by Carshalton Ponds, near where I lived at the time. The traffic in the other direction was just about at a standstill. About fifty yards ahead of me, in the oncoming traffic queue, I could make out the […]


December 10, 2012

At the end of a particularly fun day’s work a few weeks back, I was saying goodnight to the security guard in the reception where the course had taken place. My cheeky chappy self was very much in evidence and we had a playful, jokey exchange. As I left the building, I spotted him through […]

The trouble with “win/win”

December 3, 2012

Just about every negotiation course and book nowadays talks about the importance of achieving “win/win” outcomes. On the face of it, this is laudable and desirable – both parties in the discussion get what they want. Both parties are happy. Both win. Yet, I would suggest that “win/win” outcomes only go so far. I’d even […]