Having written about the importance of humility in good leadership last month, a colleague directed me to a book by Jon Ronson called The Psychopath Test, which she assured me I’d find fascinating – and indeed I did.
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As we enter the summer months, I’m reminded about the number of tourists who flock to Scotland for their holidays each year. VisitScotland’s latest figures show we receive 15million visitors a year, translating to income of £5billion. It is a sizable audience to which we can showcase our wares.
After years of controversy, scrapes and political fall-outs, it was a wall in Ferryhill which finally called time on councillor Willie Young and Labour’s reign as the ruling administration on Aberdeen City Council.
A year ago this month I had the satisfaction of signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge on behalf of Aberdeen Asset Management, signalling our determination to tackle the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues, focusing on the workplace.
In a cold dark day back in January, I was sipping my way through a warm bowl of Cullen Skink in the Fishermen’s Mission Café in Peterhead when I was approached by the Chairman of the Scottish Seafood Association (SSA).
You can’t fail to have missed the recent furore around the health of the general population.
After more than two years of job cuts, project delays and general misery in the north-east economy, there has been a number of refreshingly positive headlines in the P&J this month.
Orion has made its name on the back of the gregarious Scottish engineer and their fearless approach to working in the world wherever someone has drilled a hole. Equipped with sun cream and the odd dram, Sottish engineers are a match for anyone.
The importance of humility as a quality of good leaders is an interesting concept.
More than 2,000 beer fans are expected to quench their thirst at festival aimed at showcasing food and drink produced across Scotland this weekend.
I could imagine him bursting into song, Kiss or Purple Rain, at the Chamber of Commerce; a brand changing tour de force.
As I transit across the beautiful and varied landscape of Aberdeenshire when out delivering my prized and much enjoyed Langoustines at various restaurants and chip shops, I can’t help but notice how the landscape is changing.
There is nothing quite like government to get people excited.
An interesting piece in Harvard Business Review last month reported that increasingly Americans believe having little or no spare leisure time is reflection of their personal status.
Away from the news of Aberdeen Asset Management’s proposed merger with Standard Life, Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 was held earlier this month. Under the auspices of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) it provided another successful boost to the promotion of apprenticeships. This year’s theme was “apprenticeships are changing” and more than 200 events organized in different Scottish local authority areas highlighted this development.
Cashflow shortages can cause headaches for all businesses, but with £134million written-off by UK SMEs every day, it is the smallest businesses that most acutely affected.
We’ve seen plenty of examples lately of people plainly getting it wrong. We know in politics that it’s often (nearly always?) the case.
This one must be a record.
We were told to expect a low key affair - and the Budget certainly lived up to its billing.
Sally Skakle: ‘The seafood industry still has a gender imbalance but I want to help get that balance right’
On International Women’s Day we’ve teamed up with Seafish, the UK industry authority on seafood, to speak to Sally Skakle, Quality Adviser at Peterhead Port Authority.
It was the early days of 2017 and leaders of two of Scotland’s largest financial services companies met up to discuss joining forces.
Ross Thomson: Business rates U-turn is welcome relief for north-east… But firms still lack certainty
It is well over a month since the Press and Journal started to report on the enormous increases in business rates bills and the potentially devastating impact the rises could have on the local economy.
Having considered resilience last month, I've decided to maintain a thematic approach to the column by considering happiness, what it is, which behaviours can encourage happiness in yourself and others and whether personality type might lead one to be a happier or less happy person. For it is a truth often observed that it is not the challenges that life throws at people and organisations that cast us down, that people can laugh and be happy (or at least stoical) in the face of huge threats. Equally we see every day evidence that it is not just wealth, status and material possessions that make people happy. So what does make us happy?
Oh look, another inflation report, yawn.
The north of Scotland has just experienced an icy blast from the east, and I’m not just talking about the sub-zero winds circulating in from Siberia. Following a freeze on Scottish business rates for the last five years, Nicola Sturgeon’s government has initiated a thaw.
Last month a cross-party group of MPs called on government and employers to do more to help women enter and re-enter the work place.
The “gig” economy is a phrase appearing more and more in the news and so commonly in connection with employment law disputes.
Decades in search of a glimpse, all those special boat trips from Mull and Skye, the hours standing on Chanonry Point on the Black Isle, and all for nothing, nada, zilch.
As a businessman of over 30 years, I know full well what it is like to be on the losing side, and that can bring insecurity and uncertainty in the short to mid-term.
It is a great privilege to be appointed as Senior Governor by the Court of University of Aberdeen.
Long before the rise of the mobile smart phone, Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant brains of the 20th century, said: “I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”
It all started back in the summer of last year. Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) organised its first Ultimate Business Show - an expo which brought together over 70 of the highest profile and most innovative companies in the region and around 1,000 delegates with the objective of sharing ways of working differently, more smartly and providing solutions to the challenges around more effective and efficient procurement.