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Business is fun


Its a not uncommon thing now to walk into Starbucks or - if you're wiser, into biblocafe in Glasgow's Woodlands road - to find most of the seats occupied by what I call visonistas.

There they sit focussed, on their own creativity, oblivious to the world as it hovers in their presence looking for a share of a table. Few of us, sitting down in a cafe or public space immediately strike up a conversation with the stranger sitting next to or opposite us, and unless the lift breaks down, will easily pass a minute or so in a perhaps embarrassing silence as the hollow cube rises or falls in the lift shaft till we reach our destination.

We have become islands in our own world. And yet, "No man is an island, entire of itself" (John Donne). We should be - are - social animals but still it is the done-thing (no pun intended) to ignore our neighbours.


Here's an interesting Friday afternoon thought..

There is one famous book by Robert Graves called I Claudius, another, I Robot by Isaac Asimov; a film called I Spy. And of course the letter I - since it is a vowel - is pretty much everywhere when it comes to our language, not just at the start of words or to indicate the first person singular pronoun.

It is however something of a cliche used by trainers, coaches and those who inhabit the dark areas called business development to regularly say when they are trying to demonstrate the power of the team, that while TEAM stands for Together Everyone Accomplishes More (a quirky, americanism & no doubt, conjured-up acronym which sounds just so cheesy you want to go find some toast), it's sentiment is true and valid.