Archives: philosophy

What Easter Really Means

April 14, 2017 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: philosophy, spirituality.

Yes folks, it’ that time of year again where, if you’ve forgotten, there are plenty of people out there who want to remind you what easter really means. This year we’ve already had Cadbury and The National Trust scolded for dropping the word Easter from their advertising to “Join the Cadbury Egg Hunts”. Now we’ve • Read More »

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Another Alternative to Amazon

May 8, 2013 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: Books, business, philosophy.

With the threat of our beloved and run-down pub, the Tumbledown Dick, being turned into a McDonald’s restaurant somebody pointed me in the direction of a very interesting book – The McDonaldization of Society. The book, first published in 1993, is written by sociologist George Ritzer and looks at the increasing rationalisation of the world • Read More »

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Beetroot Books

May 4, 2013 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: Books, philosophy, spirituality, Zen.

In my quest to find alternatives to Amazon, my latest discovery has been an interesting one. A couple of weekends ago I made a brief trip to Avebury in Wiltshire, a picturesque little English village and home to an impressive neolithic henge monument. Once I was home that same Sunday evening I had a sudden • Read More »

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Alternatives to Amazon: First Book Order Through the Hive

February 6, 2013 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: Books, business, philosophy.

A recent conversation on one of the comments sections of the Friends of the Tumble Down Dick website got me thinking: “Are there any alternatives to Amazon?” For many years now I’ve been an Amazon affiliate and earned a few pennies here and there from my web and blog posts. In all honesty, I don’t • Read More »

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Computer Games and Small Business Strategy

November 16, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, games, philosophy.

Are SMEs Being Encouraged to Level Up too Quickly? I’ll admit it; I’m not particularly good at computer games. When I played Halo on the original Xbox against one of my younger brothers I got shot. Lots. On the Nintendo Wii versus my junior-school daughter, her wrist-flicks fired off aces without a single “proper” serve. • Read More »

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The Business Benefits of Marginal Gains

September 20, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, creativity, philosophy.

“The Business Benefits of Marginal Gains”, written by Paul Mackenzie Ross, first appeared in the small business blog section of www.is4profit.com My Managing Director and I were discussing the subject of business performance and commercial efficiency the other day when he mentioned the recent story of the British Olympic Cycling team boss, Dave Brailsford.

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How Do Small Businesses Capitalise on the Olympic Spirit?

September 5, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, philosophy.

This article was first published on the is4profit small business blog in September 2012 Cast your mind back to just a few weeks ago and recall the London Olympics 2012. Look at the current buzz surrounding the Paralympics 2012. From the spectacle of the opening ceremony to the Olympic venues, the crowds, the medal table • Read More »

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Cash Mobbing Lifts Local Business

August 10, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: Books, business, philosophy, random.

Cash Mobbing Lifts Local Business” was first written by Paul Mackenzie Ross for the is4profit small business blog The flash mob is a public gathering where people use social media or other communications to organise and congregate on a public place and perform some usually pointless act and then disperse again.  Now, after the flash • Read More »

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Leadership Styles

July 3, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, philosophy.

“Leadership Styles” was written by Paul Mackenzie Ross and first appeared in the business advice section of is4profit.com Kicking off with an Example of Leadership Styles: The Football Manager Leaders may have any one of a number of so-called “leadership styles”. You can see them quite publicly, on the TV, in football managers, for example:

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Putting the Disgust Back in Disgustingly Rich

June 30, 2012 | By Paul Mackenzie Ross | No Comments | Filed in: business, finance, news, philosophy.

Financially and morally we are living in interesting times: David Cameron said, back in 2010, that “We’re all in this together” regarding the state of the nation as it struggled with an economic downturn. He then recently went on to finger Jimmy Carr for his tax avoidance but keeps quiet about billionaire Tory peer and • Read More »

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