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By Peter Neville Lewis, Jul 6 2017 10:48AM

Perhaps this new acronym symbolises what many people think about political and business leaders?

(I am indebted to Gillian Tate of the FT for this deliciously cynical observation).

So what does F.U.C.U actually stand for?

F = Fragmentation, the breakdown of social cohesion, despite the supposed integrating benefits of social media. Yes we connect randomly but we also actively de-select those with whom we do not have consensus. Likes tend to polarise views and compound tunnel vision.

U = Untrusting. Trust in leaders and “experts” has fallen but the tribal instincts of fragmentation mean we trust only those we know. Competing views maybe disregarded or even trashed by “comfortable facts”.

C= Customisation of personal needs. The danger politically is that people go for a “pick and mix” approach which make pre-packaged parties and policies harder to sell. The tendancy is to rally round single issues, eg Brexit, Trump, immigration.

These three produce a breeding environment for the final letter

U = Unstable, the mixed VUCA world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. The world is confused, people are confused, the pundits are confused, no one can predict the next week.

And what else does this give us – two more U’s Unpredictable and Uber (in it’s proper meaning of excess, or striving for even more). Perhaps the shortcomings of the Uber business model itself are a manifestation of the 21c culture of F.U.C.U?

It’s not an attractive proposition.

Pedro the Jester

By Peter Neville Lewis, May 12 2017 10:07AM

Don’t you just love the raw honesty and directness of this frustration laden poem/appeal by a 15 yo for a more practical approach to education. It’s called....


It’s absolutely insane,

The fact that I was taught equations

over basic First Aid.

Negative a +7 - b2 and of course,

Mitochondria is the power house of the cell.

I was never told about my human rights,

But I know the wavelengths

Of different hues of light.

We were never told how to get a job,

But we remember dissecting frogs.

I wasn’t even taught how to vote.

They used that time defining isotopes.

And they choose the solar over political systems,

And now like any typical citizen,

I don’t know what I am voting for.

Not even how to recognise mental disorders

or diseases with avertable causes.

‘Cos of course, mental math is deemed more important.

But it’s fine. At leastI can tell

you the number of unnecessary deaths

probably wasn’t prime!

Never taught how to handle bullying,

But I know tons about Shakespearean writing.

You consider me an idiot for not knowing two languages?

What about not knowing how to pay taxes?

Because apparently we get educated?

But really our childhood is wasted.

School is just a place to be tested.

By BRIANNA CHILDS (15), Chingford Foundation School

Makes you think. eh?

Pedro the Jester

By Peter Neville Lewis, Mar 21 2017 02:15PM

Don’t you find it extraordinary that even if Charlotte Hogg had a very regrettable memory lapse about her brother Quintin’s job at Barclays that nobody else in the BofE spotted it?

You can’’t be SERIOUS!

Director of Group Strategy at Barclays Investment Bank is hardly a position which is not on the City radar?

And he has been an employee at Barclays in various senior roles since 2006.

How this gross breach of governance slipped through Internal Audit at the BofE beggars belief.

Ms Hogg herself admits she gave false evidence re her potential conflict of interest when interviewed internally.

Doubly worrying is that Mark Carney thought a verbal warning (yellow card) would suffice until his weak judgement was overturned by Andrew Tyrie, who chairs the Treasury Select Committee. He saw this as a prima facie conduct failing and a straight red!

The Hogg family have form too. Her Dad, when he was an MP, was also guilty of a compliance peccadillo when he (carelessly?) pushed through in 2009 a £2k claim against his parliamentary expenses for having his moat cleaned!! Remember that one?

(His reward btw for standing down at the next election in 2010 was a seat in the Lords. Good old Dave - never too hot on the ethical stuff....)

So economy of truth seems to run in the family....

The big question now is Quis Custodet Custodes?

OR do we just have to put up with a load of HOGG wash?

Pigs and troughs also spring to mind but that’s enough of this metaphor...

Oink Oink!

Pedro the Jester


More embarassment in high places... The FRC, so called watchdog for the Auditing Profession, has itself slipped up!

A senior barrister, former Chief Inspector of the CPS no less, and a legal adviser of the FRC, has allegedly leaked a guilty judgement against PWC ahead of official publication to the legal correspondent of The Times claiming it will make “good copy”.

Ye Gods! Can no-one be trusted?

Quis, blooming well, Custodet Custodes? Again....

No wonder there is so much contempt for the supposed ELITE = Ego-driven, Lying, Immoral, Tortuous, Evasive

By Peter Neville Lewis, Mar 7 2017 09:04AM


Are we all getting a bit over-hyped with all this neuro stuff?

Is it starting to do our heads in – before we start angsting over Trump/Brexit/Putin/China etc etc

Yes we know a lot more about how the brain works than we did 20 years ago, thanks to advance brain scans.

But just like NLP and, dare I say, some “life “ coaches, unscrupulous marketeers are grabbing at this latest buzz word and attaching it to leadership, business, psychology. sociology, economics etc.

The danger is that like the hucksters of snake oil, gullible people end up actually buying this neuro quackery.

And the sad thing is that there are serious neuro scientists doing proper research while the peddlers of wishful neuro thinking are dreaming up unvalidated theories for punters eager to latch on to the latest fad.

I blogged some time ago about the dubious benefits of mindfulness as investigated by some Scandinavian academic researchers.

Maybe they should look at some of the neuro-bollocks and neuro-trash out there?

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Pedro the Neuro(?)Jester

By Peter Neville Lewis, Jan 16 2017 02:05PM

Firstly, can I wish you all every success and happiness in 2017!

Secondly can we perhaps do some business together?

Over the last 12 months I have assembled an exceptional group of very talented individuals who between them have an astonishing range of skills.

Please have a look at our Trusted Advisor Group set out below – I will be surprised if it does not trigger some positive thinking for you.

• If you want to connect with any of them just send me an email.

• It would be fun and mutually beneficial if we can find ways to collaborate.

Let’s make 2017 a special year for getting together!

Here is our Trusted Adviser Group which enables us to deploy subject matter experts for a wide variety of specialist interventions - a Team of all the Talents!

They all hold significant professional qualifications and have many years’ experience of working at Board and Senior Executive levels.

• Specialist topics we can cover include: Corporate Culture, Cultural Integration. Corporate Governance, Anti Bribery and Corruption, Organisational Planning, Strategic Planning, Financial Planning, Risk & Systems Evaluation, Executive Coaching & Mentoring, Employee Disputes, Whistle Blowing, Systems Integration

• One thing links all these people – Integrity. They are exceptional human beings who practice care, humility, honesty, trust, courage...etc .

• Our aim is to be “of service” to our clients and we are proud to have them working alongside us.

Prof Roger Steare BA (Hons) FRSA

• Corporate Philosopher and Visiting Professor in the Practice

of Organisational Ethics, Cass Business School.

• Senior Advisor-People and Culture, Nationwide Building Society

• Author of ethicability ® and co-designer of MoralDNA™

Zarine Jacob BA (Hons) MA (Distinction)

• Intercultural Specialist, particularly in Asia and Middle East.

• Deep understanding of Government departments.

• Holistic Coach and Facilitator

John Burbidge–King

• Anti Bribery and Corruption Expert. Risk Mitigation. BS 10500-2011

• Long experience in overseas markets.

• Past Master – Worshipful Company of World Traders.

Wendy Addison FRSA

• Founder of Speak Out–Speak Up Ltd. Having courageous conversations.

• Advisory Board – Whistle Blowing Research Unit at Middlesex University

• Lecturer at University of Surrey and Warwick Business School

Chris Burt MSc BA(Hons)

• Formerly a partner with Independent Audit, the highly regarded governance consultancy.

• Now founder and lead consultant at Halex Consulting.

• High value governance strategy, risk and assurance consultancy advice and guidance to large financial services clients in the UK and Europe

Kathryn Riley FCIPD

• Faculty of Business & Management - Regent’s University, London

• Director level HR and People strategist

• 20 years’ Board experience

• Conflict & Dispute resolution. Union negotiation

Jane Mitchell FRSA

• Engagement & Communications expert with a strong focus on ethics, values and behaviour.

• C Suite operator

• Strong FTSE delivery track record

Paul Taylor C Eng.

• Senior Partner - Risk Management Options

• Multiple FTSE experience

• Chair of AIRMIC 2011/12

• European Risk Manager of the Year - 2007 (Tetra Laval)

Mike West FCIM FIC

• Senior Partner - BeStrategic

• Strategic Sales and Marketing professional

• 20 years tutoring for IoD Chartered Director programme

• Consults & delivers globally

Mike Thompson FCCA MBA

• Senior Partner MGT Consulting

• Financial Planning

• Fixing finance departments & eliminating back office waste

• Skilled practitioner in back office systems integration

Liz Macann

• Former Head of Executive, Leadership and Management Coaching at the BBC

• Founded the BBC’s in-house Coaching Network, 2001

• International experience and accomplished Conference speaker


Why The Corporate Jester?


Because there is always a need to “call it out”, point out the emperor’s clothes may not be quite so fancy as he thinks (or others are telling him) and boldly say what others dare not!


The role of court jester was well known centuries ago and they had the licence to attack pomposity or stupidity in their betters without fear of retribution. (Well nearly!) Many of Shakespeare’s plays have a fool who is the commentator on human foibles – the most famous probably being in King Lear, the architect of his own downfall through his wilfulness.  Familiar?


May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?  (Fool – King Lear, Act 1 scene 4)