Martin P Wilson

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Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration, Insight, IT

Facilitation and Mentoring for Success.

Communications and Straight Talk

We were engaged by a director to review and improve the communications for his department of a major public company. We were to review behaviours and run communication skills workshops for staff. Our analysis showed that the key issue was the director’s approach to communications. We had to tell him some very difficult home truths; especially difficult as he had to approve our invoice. He disagreed but his staff reported that he did change his behaviour; and he paid our invoice.

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Information Management and Technology Strategy

Solidus has more than thirty years’ experience of high-level information management and technology strategy. Martin Wilson wrote the book, The Information Edge, for the Institute of Management/ Financial Times Millennium Manager series. He is currently revising it for a new edition reflecting current technology changes.

Solidus works with leading technologists to stay up to date with technology change so that IT can be aligned with client’s business strategy and operating models.

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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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