Baroness Shirley Williams – The Biography by Mark Peel
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During a discussion marking the death of Margaret Thatcher in April 2012, the journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil turned to Shirley Williams, the Liberal Democrat peer and former Labour Cabinet minister, and asked her why Thatcher had beaten her in the race to become Britain’s first female prime minister. It was a pertinent question because…

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Campbell Macpherson – The Change Catalyst
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By Campbell Macpherson, author of The Change Catalyst: Secrets to Successful and Sustainable Business Change. Change has never been more prevalent or more relevant than it is today. Voters across the globe are voting for change, any change; seemingly at any cost. Entire industries have been disrupted and transformed by globalisation and a new breed…

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Kevin Gaskell
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According to the Office of National Statistics, Londoners work 100 hours a year more than the rest of the country. This wouldn’t be a bad thing if we all liked our work. But when the psychologist Daniel Kahneman researched how happy we feel by asking hundreds of employees to capture their experience during each day,…

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Michael Nicholas – The Little Black Book of Decision Making
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There is no doubt that the quality of our decisions impacts practically every aspect of our lives. Professionally, it is arguably the factor that makes the greatest difference to the level of success that we will achieve, because it determines how well every other talent or capability we have can be applied. Our proficiency in…

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Alan Weiss, PhD – Taking Life by Storm
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By Alan Weiss, co-author of Lifestorming: Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life. One of the greatest expenses for organizations is, of course, people. And one of the greatest people expenses is absenteeism. And, in my 30 years of consulting, I’ve found that one of the greatest causes of absenteeism is stress. And…

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Cathy Newman, ‘Bloody Brilliant Women’

What made you get into broadcast journalism? I’d been a newspaper journalist for about a decade and I’d started doing bits of telly on the side, commentating on politics mainly. The more I did the more fun I had, and when Channel 4 News came knocking it occurred to me I could combine what I…

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Jesse Norman MP – Edmund Burke
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There are typically two poles of conservative thought regarding civilisation, best characterised as deteminist (Spengler) and non-determinist (A J Toynbee), where do you reckon Burke sits on that spectrum? Historically there has been a tension here. On the one hand you have people who regard civilisation in the manner of Katherine Hepburn in The African…

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Michael Bloomberg & Carl Pope, Climate of Hope
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What happens if we do bust the 1,000-gigaton carbon budget? We can still bring  concentrations of those gases back down to a level that sustains a stable climate. We won’t get back quite the climate of the last 500 years, but we can shoot for one that future generations can adjust to. We have some…

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Robert Lacey – Model Woman
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Between 1947 and 2007 Eileen Ford created the largest and longest lasting model agency the world has ever seen, famed for its blonde and slinky beauties whose thighs would stretch for miles. If you booked a Ford model, you got Ferrari and Porsche glamour—with Rolls-Royce prestige and prices: Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley, Christie…

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