The idea of "walking tall" — going through life with pride and self-confidence — is one that has inspired many singers. Now the theme has been adopted by an unlikely pop star: George Osborne, the UK's chancellor of the exchequer.
How do you prefer to spend your Saturday evenings? Almost certainly, your first choice would not be "meet up with other
people from my profession and discuss the challenges we face". But that's exactly what I just did.
Last weekend, I bumped into an old friend of mine. Or, to be more accurate, an old friend flew into me. I wanted to get his views on the crisis in Greece, but he seemed to think that it was all just nonsense.
The impressions we make on other people are very important, both in our
private life and at work. And it is often said that "you don't get a
second chance to make a first impression". But is that really the whole truth?
Think about this scenario for a moment. You go to your bank and tell
them that you want to invest €1,000 for a year and would like to know what the interest rate
will be. But when you get the answer, you faint. Why?
So far this year, I have got — or gotten, as my American frirends would
say — a lot of pleasure from reading items that many other people findintenselyannoying. Yes, I'm talking about email spam and I'm having lots of laughs.
The behaviour of Syriza and leading German politicians reminds me of a famous scene in the film Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean. And the game of "financial chicken" could go on for quite a few more weeks.
Last week's dramatic events in the financial markets reminded me of
my parents' honeymoon and gave me the feeling that history is repeating
itself. That might seem like a strange connection, but I can explain.