How To Avoid Pickpockets (2min read)

G. Kearsley, Fleet Street
G. Kearsley, Fleet Street

I’m not normally on the look-out for crime-related material, but I couldn’t resist listening to an interview of “Pickpocket King” Bob Arno. He learned his trade through performing on shows, and has gone on to become the leading expert in the world. He now advises law enforcement agencies. And here’s what I learnt on how pickpockets operate, how to avoid them and what precautions to take: Continue reading “How To Avoid Pickpockets (2min read)”

The 3 Type Of Individuals That Transform Economies

Max Weber (1864-1920), Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950), Frank Knight (1885-1972)
Max Weber,  Joseph Schumpeter, , Frank Knight

In economics, there has always been a big debate about what drives economic growth. In the end, economists have assumed that positive “shocks” to an economy just kind of happen. However, there have been some thinkers who looked inside the black-box and focused on entrepreneurship. Continue reading “The 3 Type Of Individuals That Transform Economies”

Writers and Traders Are More Similar Than You Think

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(excerpt from my book-in-progress)

It’s easy to separate the “real” economy from the financial world. One makes real things like cars and fridges, while the other manufactures money from money.

This has been a rich theme for authors for centuries. Take the 1900 L.Frank Baum classic the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”.  The yellow-brick road represented something real, gold. It was the path to follow. Continue reading “Writers and Traders Are More Similar Than You Think”

What I Learnt From Cicero (and Caesar)

Cicero

I finished reading Robert Harris’ “The Dictator” about the rise and fall of Caesar as told from the perspective of the statesman-philosopher Cicero. While it wasn’t as fun as the first two in the trilogy, it still had many gems of insight:

“How easy is it for those who play no part in public affairs to sneer at the compromises required of those who do” (Cicero had stuck to his principles and been banished from Rome).

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Running Your Own Business Is Easier Than You Think

Start it Up

That’s the sub-title of Luke Johnson’s breezy book “Start It Up“. He’s the man behind Pizza Express, Strada, Giraffe and Patisserie Valerie. He was also Chairman of Channel Four and a one-time columnist for the FT.

For all us salaried corporate types, it’s always nice to imagine a life free from the shackles of office politics and feelings of insignificance. Here are his main points on how to achieve it: Continue reading “Running Your Own Business Is Easier Than You Think”

Owned By Your Phone?

Reclaiming
“Technology doesn’t just change what we do, it changes who we are.”
I listened to an interview of MIT Professor, Sherry Turkle, on  her new book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. She’s an expert on how technology affects us.

Put your mobile phone on the table when you’re with someone and it immediately destroys the possibility of deep conversation. Without even realizing it, everything gets superficial. Both of you will be ready to to scratch the near-addictive phone-checking itch. So you’ll never go deep as you know one of you will pick up their phone as a result.

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Wanna Have Fun? Do Improv!

Source: City Academy
Source: City Academy

No lines, minimal instruction, then act – that’s the essence of improvisation. I attended an excellent taster session run by the City Academy earlier this week. We were told not to worry about failing and just have fun like a child. And, boy was it fun! By the end, we, ten strangers ,were falling over each other with laughter.

If there was a structure, it would be have four elements: Continue reading “Wanna Have Fun? Do Improv!”

4 Challenges Women Face That Men Don’t

Women work

I’ve just started writing a book on finance! It has a chapter on women in banking and below is some source material. It’s from perhaps the most comprehensive book on the general topic of women and work: “What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know” by Joan Williams. The four patterns: Continue reading “4 Challenges Women Face That Men Don’t”