It was hard not to feel in a festive spirit yesterday as Hamish McRae showed me around the Independent offices at 2 Derry Street, adorned as it was with ample helpings of baubles, trees and fairy lights. Sipping coffee in the building’s spectacular atrium, we got chatting about the Autumn statement and the state of the UK economy, and even that couldn’t bring us down.
Hamish is an excellent speaker, adept at giving overviews of the global economy and the implications for particular industries. He’s also very strong on how technology is changing the world and the way we do business. His latest book, What Works: Success in Stressful Times (2011), is a brilliant analysis of “which businesses, organisations and initiatives have what it takes to succeed, and what it is that distinguishes them in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.”