Will the US dinosaurs ever learn?

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The dinosaurs are back……

The new “green team” appointed by president-elect Barack Obama might, after all, turn out to be a dream team for the US chemicals industry. This is despite what some of the old disonaurs within the industry …

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How hopeless is your company?

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I was working with a chemicals consultant last month in India who gave me this priceless description of the true nature of a company:

“A company is a collection self-interested individuals who just occasionally — and purely randomly – carry …

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Waiting for the dead cat to bounce

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Is my colleague in London a cat lover? I am, but did not take offence at the analogy.

If I knew when chemicals prices were going to rebound, I would tell you – but only for some hefty fees.

By …

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In search of corporate paradise

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As business slows down everywhere and we have more time to brood, frustrations will build at imagined or real inefficiencies – and at the sometimes remote people at the top who hold our lives in their hands.

The grass will …

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He’s behind you…the evil banker

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Yes, a great story in The Daily Telegraph describes how bankers are being written into Christmas pantomimes in the UK as villains. Their reputation has fallen almost as low as that of marketing executives.

But the few bankers that …

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I’m on Holiday

I’m on holiday until 8 December, but don’t worry there’ll be a number of posts between now and then.
all the best

John

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The “Minsky moment” for petrochemicals

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Paul Hodges, my good friend and colleague in his excellent Chemicals & The Economy blog describes the “Minsky moment” for the global economy, when deleveraging accelerates. Hyman Minsky, the famous old economist, described how long periods of stability were followed …

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Obama’s impact on Asian petchems

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For many years, many an Asian country has wanted a petrochemical industry as much as car or a textile industry.

Some of those countries have pursued investment even though their competitive advantages in petrochemicals have been somewhat dubious.

Singapore can …

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Inspired leaders needed – apply here

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We need great leaders in the current crisis.

Below is the kind of speech I’d like to hear from my CEO – delivered in person – if I worked for a chemicals company.

Everything that now follows is fiction and …

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Planned Maintenance 20 November 2008

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This blog will be undergoing planned maintenance on the morning (UK time) of Thursday 20, November 2008. During that time you will be able to read this blog, but will not be able to post any comments. We expect …

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