Margot Cairnes Blog

Sep

14

2012
What do 12 Step Programs Have to Teach Business?

What do 12 Step Programs Have to Teach Business?

12 step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous (with millions of members world wide) and its offshoots, such as Gamblers Anonymous, Over Eaters Anonymous and Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous have a huge amount to teach business. Most of us have, at some time, been on a diet, detox (giving up alcohol, sugar or cigarettes) or tried to change some bad habit. Many of us have engaged…

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Sep

12

2012

Something for nothing

In New York my friend texted again. Go to the High LinePark. That was his 5th message. I had run out of time. Had a plane to catch. Still he was a professor of architecture – knew what he was talking about. Up early – miss breakfast – get down to 23rd   Street, up the stairs. Boy, I am in an oasis. An unused…

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Sep

12

2012

Interview with FoxBusiness News

I interviewed with FoxBusiness News earlier this week about what happens when business and consumer values collide. Take a look at the interview here!


Sep

8

2012

Are negative leaders creating our economic problems?

Dining in New York with my friend, an internationally successful business woman, she comments on a global panel of business experts of which she was part. Third or fourth panellist to speak, she was stunned by the pessimism of those before her. She told the audience that the main problem with the economy was negativity by politicians and business leaders.” If the Chinese economy comes…

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Sep

7

2012

Clinton and Obama – thinking at higher levels

The huge response of viewers to Clinton’s speech (higher ratings than the Giants football match) and Obama’s nomination acceptance (record hits on Twitter) shows that people are hungry for what these guys have to say. Having observed both Romney’s and Obama’s addresses it seems pretty clear to me that these guys are talking from completely different levels of thinking. We know from developmental psychology that the…

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Sep

6

2012

Clinton Claims Democrats create more jobs

In his speech to the Democratic Convention, Bill Clinton claimed that the democrats have a history of creating more jobs than the Republicans. According to Huffington Post – this is true. Clinton claimed that “poverty, discrimination and ignorance restrict growth. When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in the new ideas, it doesn’t just cut off the people who are affected; it hurts…

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Sep

6

2012

American Thinker rubbishes Obama

Directed by Twitter I have just read a review of Michelle Obama‘s speech at the Democratic convention. A variety of things she said were contrasted against portrayals of Obama from the  D’Sousa film ‘2016’. I was shocked. The article reminded me of the kind of insults and accusations that were made against Princess Diana. Now I am an Australian. In my country we have a…

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Sep

5

2012

Change coming your way

I have just spent 2 weeks in middle America – a place where time seems to stand still. Nothing seems to change. I met people in country towns who have never visited the nearest big city. I stayed in Muncie, the town used for longitudinal research on Middle America. Even in Muncie things are changing.  They don’t talk too much about the rise of economic…

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Sep

1

2012

Soul in the US Election

Romney has suggested that the upcoming election is about the country’s soul. ”Soul building happens when we stop blaming others, circumstances and history for those things in our lives , our society and ourselves that we don’t like and get on with the heroic task of making our lives, our relationships and our world work.” (Margot Cairnes in Approaching the Corporate Heart p.119) Recent research…

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Aug

31

2012

Mitt Romney wins hearts and minds

Mitt Romney, in his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, spoke from his heart – telling personal stories that related to his audience and hooked into their humanity. Then having captured people’s attention he delivered his election promises – jobs, jobs & more jobs. The man described as having no personality emerged as a credible human being. We got to see the man behind the…

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