Hotmail deal maker that doesn’t like travel

I’ve just spotted a profile on LinkedIn where the individual is offering:

  • £10,000 membership access cost (not quite sure what to)
  • £1,000 per hour deal making fee
  • £2,000 per hour travel fee

Do I deduce from that his deal making skills are not quite as good as his travelling capabilities? Or is he trying to avoid travel?

And then people are invited to contact him via his hotmail account? Mmm, I might leave that offer for now. I think he may be able to improve his B2B marketing though.

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Peter Drucker on Leadership

Peter Drucker on LeadershipI quite like Peter Drucker’s definition of a leader: “The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.”

Some more on this can be seen here:, along with the thoughts about, “Leadership has nothing to do with titles.”

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Winnie the Pooh: my favourite quotes

Winnie the PoohPooh to Piglet, “Nobody can be un-cheered with a balloon.”

Piglet to Pooh, “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”

Pooh, “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words, but rather short, easy words like, ‘What about lunch?'”

And more great Winnie the Pooh quotes:

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

“My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.”

“Some people care too much. I think it’s called love.”

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”

“Think, think, think.”

“I did know once, only I’ve sort of forgotten.”

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Tempted to move my web hosting

To get a company to fix a problem of their creation I had to demand the name and address of their CEO and resort to complaining Tweets to get a solution.

This was my experience last week when I had a ten-day running battle to get a DNS address changed for a website.

A combination of 1st line support people on the end of bad VOIP connections and a queue of people that refused to read the notes all added to the battle.

It’s now made me think of moving to a new service provider. It would be a bit of a pain with all the domains, email addresses and databases…but it is tempting. Perhaps I’ll just start a parallel account somewhere else and gently move.

Anyone got any good idea for a web hosting business?

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From tally sticks to the Blockchain

I guess there is little that is totally new. Look at this…

The split tally was a technique which became common in medieval Europe, which was constantly short of money (coins) and predominantly illiterate, in order to record bilateral exchange and debts. A stick (squared hazelwood sticks were most common) was marked with a system of notches and then split lengthwise. This way the two halves both record the same notches and each party to the transaction received one half of the marked stick as proof. Later this technique was refined in various ways

Source: Tally stick – Wikipedia

And do read the rest of the piece on Wikipedia.

Then along came the Blockchain which addresses and solves similar problems. So it seems entirely appropriate that a Blockchain business should call themselves Tallysticks.

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Restaurant menus

The act of handing a menu to a restaurant guest has been described as, “The ability to place an advertisement in every customer’s hand before they part with their money.”

Source: A.H. Kelson, “The Ten Commandments for Menu Success,” Restaurant Hospitality, Vol. 78, No. 7 (1994), p. 103.

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Grout or essay?

So true:

When there’s a tough TMA to be completed we can suddenly find ourselves grouting the bathroom tiles or cleaning out behind the washing machine and generally doing anything and everything to avoid getting down and dirty with an impending essay.

I’m off and running with my OU course. My first Tutor Marked Assessment (TMA) mark has just come through. I did very well. I can’t help thinking that I need to pull my finger our for the rest of the year though.

Procrastination will be my biggest challenge. The link below has some useful ideas that have got me more more focussed.

7 tips and hints to help Open University students structure their TMA essays.
Source: 7 tips for an amazing Open University TMA

PS: I’m currently studying law. Yup, I’ve got my work cut out for me.

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