Martin P Wilson

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Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration, Insight, IT

Facilitation and Mentoring for Success.

Zoan Andrea, Four Dancing Muses Creativity is not about waiting for the muse to strike. Like any skill it requires effort and practice. However you may be feeling you have to start, ready or not; to work on generating and connecting ideas.

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Solidus Creative ConsultancyDesigned Solutions: Creative and Practical

Solidus is a consultancy that uses the creative discipline of design. Our practical approach uses knowledge, an open mind and a belief that there is a solution. It works whether it is being used to solve a problem, to turn around a difficult situation or for blue-sky thinking to create new strategy, products, design or technology. We, associates and our predecessors, have been using it in all those fields for more than 60 years.

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Creating and Developing a Consultancy Practice CoverFor once I am practicing what I preach. It feels strange to have been inspired by my own writing; revising Creating and Developing a Consultancy made me think. It has been a good while since I properly reviewed my personal objectives and the Solidus business plan.  Now I have what I believe to be a new vision; I am reinvigorated and excited by the possibilities.

We have gone through the whole planning regime: personal objectives, SWOT (and all the other) analysis and come to understand our capabilities. We have considered the state of the market for Solidus’ services and how I should shape them to maximise the opportunity.

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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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