Difficult judgments and trade-offs will characterise business activity in the coming months, according to the latest Eden McCallum survey, which was carried out in the first few days of July and focused on the re-opening of offices as lockdown eases. The difficulty stems from uncertainty about future prospects and trading conditions – an uncertainty reflected…
Summary of discussion hosted by Eden McCallum at the Royal Society
“We often over-estimate the potential of AI. It is easy to imagine computers as smart as people, but unfortunately it is much harder to create them. On the other hand, we often under-estimate the potential of hyperconnectivity, perhaps because it is easier to…
Eden McCallum is happy to announce that Nick Brown has joined the firm as Managing Partner.
Levels of pessimism are up, investment is down, while the struggle to find good people intensifies Britain’s business leaders are braced for an extremely difficult 2019 as the reality of Brexit hits. The sixth annual Eden McCallum economic outlook survey of 192 senior business leaders has found that optimism is currently in very short supply….
Former optimism slips as the situation in Europe and globally proves a cause for concern Dutch business leaders’ optimism has lost some of its shine in the past 12 months, recognising dangers which seemed to represent much less of a threat only a year ago. That is the clear message to emerge from this year’s…
Some signs of hope and a subtle, informed take on what could come next in the Brexit saga But in the UK and the Netherlands, uncertainty is rising We are entering an age of renewed uncertainty, according to Eden McCallum’s international survey of Swiss, Dutch and UK business leaders. While anxiety might have been expected…
We are delighted to announce the addition of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (“The Royal Foundation”) to Eden McCallum’s pro bono consulting initiative, our NGO Partnership. The Royal Foundation is the primary vehicle for Their Royal Highnesses’ philanthropic work. It develops programmes and…
Eden McCallum is delighted to announce that Joris van Osselaer and Jack Woodhouse have joined their teams in Benelux and the UK respectively. Joris van Osselaer joined the Boston Consulting Group after his studies and left as a Principal. He worked mainly for banks, insurers and pension funds on topics including growth, PMI, digital, and…
A talk by Freek Vermeulen, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at London Business School: we learn – at least, we should learn – from failure. But success is not always such a great teacher. Success is satisfying at first. But it can also lead to complacency. We may tell ourselves that our business displays “best practice”. Yet we could be slipping into bad habits, becoming vulnerable to new competitors.
It is easy to be dazzled and dumbfounded by some of the claims made for artificial intelligence (AI) and the potential of new technology. Big (and scary) estimates are thrown out as forecasts for the number of jobs that will be lost as automation increases. And as new business models and impressive gadgetry emerge, business leaders could be left feeling that they risk missing out on (or being crushed by) the next major industrial revolution. We need to change, they might say, but where to start?