"Clutter is the disease of American writing…"

Not just American. A cautionary quote from William Zinsser, courtesy of Execupundit’s Michael Wade. Read the full quote, here.

“Clutter is the disease of American writing…”

Not just American. A cautionary quote from William Zinsser, courtesy of Execupundit’s Michael Wade. Read the full quote, here.

Live, work, play in Hampshire

I finally made it to the Live Work Play Exhibition in Winchester. Organised by the RIBA in Hampshire, it is an exhibition of work by the county’s architects both locally and internationally. The buildings range from bridges to embassies and from small extensions to vast new-build mansions. Details I recall in particular include a floating […]

10 types of storytelling with data

Over on the Harvard Business Review blog, Tom Davenport offers a framework for the types of story we tell using data. We always hear that it’s not so much the data but the underlying story that’s important.  For a number of inconvenient reasons, that point is too often missed: Analysts, quants and even accountants are […]

Echoes through time: Do not press an enemy at bay

“Do not press An enemy at bay.” Sun-Tzu (551 – 496 BC), The Art of War

Echoes through time: A candour affected is a dagger concealed

I came across this last night and thought of Michael Wade’s advice, that I’d posted earlier in the day. “How hollow and insincere it sounds when someone says, ‘I am determined to be perfectly straightforward with you.’  Why, man, what is all this?  The thing needs no prologue; it will declare itself.  It should be […]

Pay attention to the primal – Execupundit

Advice from Execupundit’s Michael Wade, follow your instincts.

100 greatest albums…

… according to Kurt. Much to debate, but so much more to enjoy. A selective sampling… 1.      Eagles – Hotel California (1976) 4.      AC/DC – Back in Black (1980) 5.      Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (1968) 8.      Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (1973) 9.      B.B. King – Live at the Regal (1964) 10.    The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (1972) […]

Out-read your colleagues…

Sage advice from Nicholas Bate:  Out-read your colleagues.

Echoes through time: Never use a metaphor you are used to seeing in print

“i. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. ii. Never use a long word where a short one will do. iii. If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out. iv. Never use the passive where you can use the […]

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