This week, I’ve prepared a round up of press articles on business, management, economics and music. Starting with Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, who has just opened an enterprise business in Wales, to service aircraft and provide jobs for 800 people in tough times. The Financial Times covered the story:
Dickinson sounds a Mc Kinsey consultant who attended a ‘mass customisation masterclass’ and a ‘lean 5S programme’ when he says of the new aviation centre “We will tailor our services completely to the needs of our customers and we won’t employ more people than we need”. To be fair, he makes his point much more clearly than a management consultant who swallowed an MBA for breakfast! That said, I don’t see Dickinson’s business acumen embedded in the lyrics of Iron Maiden’s songs, such as “The number of the beast” or “Two minutes to midnight”, even after I played them backwards … Why did I not learn more about entrepreneurship, business continuity and economic development when I attended Iron Maiden’s comeback tour at Twickenham with my testosterone-filled 13 year old son? We must be told …
Moving on to Andrew Sentance, Senior Economics Adviser to Price Waterhouse Coopers. I will be featuring a full interview with Andrew shortly, but could not resist a trailer in the form of this witty piece on Meatloaf and the economy from The Evening Standard. Andrew stands head and shoulders above the consultancy profession with his approach, which is thoughtful but also incisive. A rare breed.
Without realising it, Andrew had followed an earlier piece I wrote for The Financial Times, and another I wrote which got picked up by BBC Radio 4′s flagship “Today” programme. Here’s the article and the Radio clip:
I’m delighted to say that the FT letter prompted a US University Academic to get in touch with me. It turned out that he had spent three years sharing a college room with Jim Steinman. I have performed a couple of times with Meatloaf’s female singing partner – she sang on “I’d do anything for love (but I won’t do that)”.
To finish, let’s hear that classic Iron Maiden song again to see if there is any subliminal advice about the 3A’s of regeneration: Aerospace, Aeroflot or Aerosmith contained within, 666, the number of the beast:
Postscript – The FT published a letter I sent in re this on Tuesday 8 May:
For more like this, read the book “The Music of Business”, acclaimed by Harvey Goldsmith: