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Oil in troubled waters

Echoes of 1982 are starting to reverberate around the UN as Britain and Argentina once again raise the ante on sovereignty around the Falkland Islands.

Optimize Blog February 22, 2010

Risky Games?

John Varley, the man at the top at Barclays, has responded to the calls to limit the size of the banks. Mr Varley points out that it is not the size of the bank…

Optimize Blog February 12, 2010

Lean times at Toyota

So what has gone wrong at Toyota?  For the past couple of decades Toyota has been held up as the paragon of quality control and their Lean process has been copied…

Optimize Blog February 4, 2010

The Scrap Trap

With the impending end of the various car scrappage schemes in Europe and other countries of the world, comes the question of what car sales will look like in 2010.…

Optimize Blog January 26, 2010

The True Cost of Christmas?

As we battle with each other in Malls and shopping centres to secure those final few Christmas presents for our family and friends it’s probably just worth pausing…

Optimize Blog December 13, 2009

Saving the “General”

Those of you following the Zeitgeist blog will know that we’ve been keeping an eye on General Motors and their attempts to rescue the ailing giant.  The news…

Optimize Blog December 4, 2009

Do fat smokers make poor consultants?

The latest megabucks lawsuit against the tobacco giant Phillip Morris ($300m which they are going to challenge) reminded me about a guy who was a candidate on one…

Optimize Blog November 24, 2009

Banking on regulation

What then for Britain's status as a financial centre of the world? Will it any longer be able to attract top talent and provide the returns for shareholders which…

Optimize Blog November 16, 2009

The second mouse gets the cheese

The news these past few days has been full of the fury coming from Germany over GM’s decision to shut the door on the sale of Opel to Magna. We’ve been following…

Optimize Blog November 5, 2009

Putting the ‘Twit’ in Twitter

Apparently our social networking habits at work are creating a bit of renewed interest. Some new research suggests that this behaviour is creating strain on the…

Optimize Blog October 30, 2009

Up, up and away...

After today’s news of the ‘Balloon Boy’ hoax I think we can see what some people will do to gain just a few moments of notoriety. It appears to be a common…

Optimize Blog October 19, 2009

Feeling Uncomfortable in Skinny Jeans

They may lack the Emo haircut, the skinny jeans, the 'in' brands and labels but your new employees are much like teenagers on their first day of high school.

Optimize Blog October 6, 2009

Frogs, Gecko’s and the Clutter Trap

This got me thinking about the balance of new with old. Have you ever noticed how, in our business lives, our 'to do' list, KPI’s or priority objectives seem…

Optimize Blog September 30, 2009

Oil be the judge of that...

Do you ever get that “What are they thinking?” reaction when you see certain headlines in the news and wonder with incredulity how these people could possibly…

Optimize Blog September 21, 2009

Magna Car Ta

Before anyone gets carried away with all the positive vibes about countries emerging from recession, spare a thought for the 10,500 workers soon to be out of a job…

Optimize Blog September 14, 2009