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Deals And Exchanges

Deals And Exchanges

What happened to altruism and generosity? The sheer pleasure of giving without any expectation of getting something in return. “Oh Ian! You’re so naive!” the cynic may cry and then quote some well worn epithet: You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours or There’s no such thing as a free lunch Well, I think it’s sad! I noticed it very clearly yesterday evening. I went with Elena, my daughter (6), to a restaurant to meet some friends for a few hours. I was watching how easily Elena made contact with people. I think by the end of the...

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Compassionate Business

Compassionate Business

Much of the first part of my adult life was spent in and around business, including one of the largest professional firms in the world (it’s also one with, I think, the longest name in the professional world). I learned a huge amount and was a great period of my life. But ultimately there was something missing and it took me a long time to figure out what it was. I still spend a lot of time around business people and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard them tell me they cannot be fully themselves...

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Heart Of Business

Heart Of Business

‘Business bashing’ seems to be a common pastime with corporations getting the blame for everything from pollution, climate change, destruction of the natural world through to waging and maintaining war. In short, just about all the ills of the world are apparently on the hands of big business. Is business really that powerful and that destructive? It’s driven many of the rapid advances in our standard of living over the last few hundred years. So yes, it is powerful! These advances (mainly enjoyed by the minority of the world’s population) have come with many, unpleasant side effects. So, yes,...

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