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Issue 31:  June 2016


Your Master's Voice:

June has been a month of exceptional events – the Queen’s 90th Birthday, the Referendum campaign and its outcome, the consequent turmoil within our main political parties, the opportunist reaction in Scotland and on the continent and so on and on. Uncertainty is of course anathema to management and investors but a delight to hedge funds, entrepreneurs and others who see it as a great opportunity (if they manage to make the right calls). Our clients and partners may also feel greater need for support in periods like this and we may need to chew over the many, many unknown and - perhaps - unintended consequences ourselves, as they emerge.  It seems nothing significant will be decided for a month or so which means we can take our time to gather our thoughts and focus our efforts where they can have the greatest positive impact.

If members would like an informal event to discuss this among ourselves, I am sure it could be arranged.

Let me know.

David Peregrine-Jones,  Master


There were braces, rivets, screws, wires and fittings all over the place to keep it in one piece.... Twirling his handlebar moustache, Past Master Edward Sankey takes control of a Tiger Moth.... 

Destination Grand Cayman:  Don't ask.... IPM Patrick Chapman reveals (many of) the reasons why he took off precipitately to the Caribbean....

Taken for a ride:  Asked what he was doing, and told that it wasn't funny,  Freeman Barry Cushway struggles to get his assignment into reverse.....

Core to Management Consulting and building business success is maintaining a sceptical approach....  Past Master Patrick McHugh argues in defence of doubt....

A train journey in 1976 China:  A diplomatc and charm offensive in the Cultural Revolution by The Garratts - their intonation sometimes impeded by large tealeaves....

Education and the Livery:  what contribution can we make, and why does it matter? Freeman Dr Simon Davey comes back from the Livery Education Conference with a Plan, including a warning for men....

Predicting the future is quite a difficult endeavour - and even the best practitioners get it wrong almost all the time....  Freeman George Danner explores the practice of Strategy under Uncertainty....

"I want to break Free" [Freddie Mercury] ....   Liveryman Steve Cant navigating, as a small Charity disentangles itself from the supportive but suffocating embrace of a large Charity....


Summer Celebration Dinner and Admissions Ceremony: Thursday 21 July 2016 - at the Honourable Artillery Club:  6:30-11 pm. Check out the details here: 

Lord Mayor's Abseil Challenge:  Graham Kennedy is putting together a WCoMC team for October 14th:   Contact:



Management Consultants thrust pre-schoolers aside, to prove their intellectual superiority...

Q.1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

A: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe and close the door.

--This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly-complicated way. 

Q.2: How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Wrong Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant and close the refrigerator door.

Right Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.

--This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your actions. 

Q.3: The Lion King is hosting an Animal Conference.  All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

Right Answer: The Elephant. The Elephant is in the refrigerator.

--This tests your memory. 

Having got the first three questions wrong, the Management Consultant still has one more chance to show their abilities.

Q.4: There is a river you must cross. But it is lurked by crocodiles. What to do?

Right Answer: You swim across. All the Crocodiles are attending the Animal Conference!
--This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes. 

[Andersen Consulting Worldwide found that around 90% of the professionals they tested got all four of those questions wrong. But many little pre-schoolers got most or all of them right!]


     At the Old Butler's Head, swapping Heather Matheson    stories....        

Disaffected?  For your information, MPs have a right under the 1972 European Communities Act to vote to stay IN the EU.  Should you wish to request your MP to exercise that duty, this is where you will find them:

2) Under the EU Referendum Rules, Parliament will be debating a petition to implement a second IN/OUT referendum.   There are already more than four million signatures on it.


[Note: This information is entirely on the initiative of the Editor....]

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