San Francisco Bay

This is the view from the top floor bar at the Hyatt. You can see Alcatraz in the centre, along with the Coit Tower. And (although not shown) you can see the Golden Gate Bridge off to the left and the Bay Bridge off to the right. I’m told there is a better view but […]


What does a modern start up look like up close? Pretty similar, it turns out, to those that you might have visited in the late 90s. From the games room to the free food and drink, the bean bags and the lava lamps, to the engineers in their shorts a visit to Palantir in Palo […]

What it takes to be a leader

Listening to another HBR Ideacast (the podcast I recently subscribed to from Harvard Business School) I was struck by Marshall Goldsmith’s definition of leadership. (Goldsmith is the author of the Ask The Coach blog and the book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.) He says his research among 200 high performing leaders indicates […]

San Francisco

  Arrived at San Francisco airport in the sunshine – quite a relief after the lousy Easter weather we’ve been having. (View is from the aircraft window as we approached the runway). Nearly first off the plane and then no queues at passport control – and then a 45 minute wait for the driver who, […]