The Mobile Office

The Mobile Office   We live in an electronically nomadic world. Our offices are between our ears. We implement what we do through laptops, ...>>
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The Mobile Office

 
We live in an electronically nomadic world. Our offices are between our ears.
We implement what we do through laptops, iPads and smart telephones.
In essence, the workplace can become the clubhouse where periodic meetings are held.
I wrote those words several years ago in one of my daily “Willard Notes” to staff. It was my signal that we were going to an all-mobile office. We partially succeeded. We were the first office in Ukraine—to my knowledge—to totally do away with landline telephones.
It made for a more efficient office. Phone bills actually went down. Clients called directly to our consultants without the filter of a reception.
That was then.
Today, Willard has gone a step further and become a total mobile office. We work from anywhere and everywhere with our club house being a conference room and space in the Sofiyskiy Fitness Center Building.
We did this for reasons of practicality, efficiency and creativity. In tough times, we want to make sure our senior consultants are sufficiently rewarded to wake up every morning with one thing on their minds—winning for clients.
This has allowed us to focus on the brains of our business and not overhead—such as onerous lease payments. It was also a natural fit. Since November, Sofiyskiy has been the home of the Willard Round Table dinner and discussion.
So, come by and see me 24-7—that’s when Sofiyskiy is open—and let’s grab a cup of coffee at the center’s restaurant. But call first. I might be in the pool.

25.03.2014

Willard Round Table

Willard Round Table The one thing about Willard Round Tables is that they are never boring, particularly with 80,000 Russian troops on Ukraine&rsq ...>>
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Willard Round Table

The one thing about Willard Round
Tables is that they are never boring, particularly with 80,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders and a whole region, Crimea, having been kidnapped by a foreign would-be, want-a-be super power with a raving madman at the helm.
The March 13th edition was particularly animated with three diplomats, an SCM representative, an FMCG country manager, a law firm, a securities firm executive, a professor, the head of the EBA, and a fitness center director on hand.
Attending were the following:
Czech Ambassador Ivan Pocuch; Alexander Scherba, Ambassador-at-Large, Ukraine Foreign Ministry; David Meale, Counselor Economist for the U.S. Embassy; Yana Mikhailova, General Manager Nestlé; Iryna Marushko, Lavrynovych and Partners (supporting partner); Jock Mendoza-Wilson, Director of International and Investor Relations, System Capital Management; Anna Derevyanko, Executive Director at European Business Association; Gregory Fishman, senior vp, Foyle Securities; Iryna Ryabchenko, principal, Sofiyskiy Fitness Center; Eric Gilliatt, professor, Edinburgh School of Business.

25.03.2014

Money for Maidan

Money for Maidan Three cheers for three professional firms and a car dealer: Asters law firm, DLA Piper law firm, Ernst & Young accountancy fir ...>>
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Money for Maidan

Three cheers for three professional firms and a car dealer:
Asters law firm, DLA Piper law firm, Ernst & Young accountancy firm and NIKO. Between them they bought a wheelbarrow full of my newest novel, Urainia: A Fable with the author funds being donated to support the spirit of the Maidan.
The book has relevance to Ukraine. The novel is based on the premise that the first leader of the fictional country of “Urainia” that wants to leave a good legacy for his children and grandchildren will be the father of the country.
Several contributions in author funds have gone to buy medical supplies for the Maidan and a fund to help the families of victims. Also, money is going to promote Facebook posts and stories that debunk the propaganda lies coming out of the Kremlin.
The book is out in both English and Ukrainian.

25.03.2014
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