Leaders must be told unvarnished truth

Sveinsson Knut, Canute the Great, King of England from 1016, King of Denmark from 1018 and King of Norway from 1030 until he died in 1035, was perhaps the most successful and effective of the early rulers of England. He brought to the general population firm government, justice, and security from internal disorder and external threat. Yet all his bravery in battle, efficiency in administration and shrewdness in statecraft are forgotten and he is scornfully remembered simply as the foolish king who thought he could turn back the sea-tide. One wonders how many other outstanding characters, and crucial episodes, in the historical account have been misrepresented. I notice that the malignantly evil reputation of Richard III of England, whose burial place was discovered a few years ago under a concrete parking lot, is at last being comprehensively reassessed…..


Try to remember the importance of small causes

A long time ago when I was with GuySuCo there was an occasion when I found myself growing irritated because my secretary was urging me to find time for an interview with an old man, a pensioner from the old sugar times, who had been trying to see me for a couple of days. 

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Thoughts from my diary

Why does anyone keep a diary?  For a man conscientious about his career perhaps it is in order to keep a record of his mounting success and developing ambition. 

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Get used to it: all of us are biased

In any given situation we assume that people, including ourselves, will act sensibly.

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Beware the self-righteous

One of the worst aspects of the self-righteous is that those most guilty of it most vociferously deny that they are guilty at all.

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It is tragic to see a great nation bringing itself to its knees.

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