Martin P Wilson

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Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration, Insight, IT

Facilitation and Mentoring for Success.

Gold Logo - transparentThe joy of consultancy and mentoring is the opportunity to talk with interesting people and understand their challenges, issues and opportunities. In fact for me it is less about talking and more about listening; asking questions that get behind the issue and make the client think. It is the pleasure of helping people achieve their dreams.

Clients, and others, suggest that my strength is that I come at matters from different directions and see past the obvious. Apparently I make people think differently about the problem and together we find new connections and fresh solutions. It is not for me to judge how accurate that assessment is but I do love ideas and applying imagination to business and personal challenges.

Solidus is Adopting its Own Advice and Changing

This facelift of Solidus will move it away from corporate dinosaur speak and consultancy weasel words. The aim is to be open, honest and to use straightforward language avoiding consultancy mumbo-jumbo. These frequent "Thoughts" will be opinionated but hopefully well-mannered and based on clear thinking and experience. If such ideas upset some people I am sorry but we were probably never going to have the chemistry necessary for a successful consultancy or mentoring relationship.

I am in the position to adopt a more challenging approach as I am no longer seeking to climb the corporate greasy pole. I simply want to work with interesting people on interesting assignments. I want to meet and work with people who like new ideas, creativity and are prepared to challenge and be challenged in return. Solidus intends to become a channel for such ideas.

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Quick Thoughts

Has Military Action Ever Dissuaded Tyrants?

Syria - flagIn his speech before the war in Iraq Tony Blair, the UK Prime Minister, argued that not intervening would send a message that tyrants would feel at liberty to act without consequence. By military action in Iraq, he argued, those who would perpetrate atrocities would think twice. There would not seem to be any evidence, before or since, that would back up that contention.

We now have David Cameron, the current Prime Minister, making essentially the same arguments – do politicians ever learn from history?

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Government Spending is not Driver of Growth

Parliament Square London IC02001If more public spending is the only way to create growth then surely governments have become too large a part of the economy? Government is about spending and has little to do with creating wealth.

The best government can do is move wealth from individuals and business to those who serve government.

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Capped Bonuses, There May be Trouble Ahead

Politicians do not seem to be good at imagining unintended consequences. The cap on bankers’ bonuses, however popular, may be counter-productive in reducing risk.

Dark Stormy Skys and Beauty Often CoexistIf a smaller proportion of a trader’s income is at risk if a trade goes wrong they may pursue high-risk opportunities to get that big win. If it works they guarantee the full bonus and could also use it to negotiate a higher salary (and bonus) for the following year. If it fails the downside is limited by the capped bonus to a smaller part of overall income. At the end of the day traders are competitive and gamblers at heart so will they be more likely to pursue the big win when their own risk is limited?

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