We looked at how several large-cap Nordic companies used #turnaround strategies to achieve monumental #value. The most popular and successful strategies created value by accelerating growth – Boston Consulting Group

This article by top strategy consultancy, BCG was rather disappointing. Perhaps it will encourage more UK government departments to spend GBP5,000 a day for the services of consultants? My observations are simple. The business administration  literature contains enormous top quality analysis on ‘turnarounds’ and ‘business strategy‘. Sadly, these terms get over-used by unemployed executives, who want to sprinkle their CVs with buzz words to gain ‘hits’ on automated recruitment analytics. Like always, look to the evidence. People like John Gelmini and myself have decades of experience in delivering effective strategic change, including turnarounds. Thoughts?

Opinion – How Can We Change the Public Discussion on Drug Addiction – Keremeosreview.Com – Ian Geddes

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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is right, important insights on addiction need sharing with a wider audience. Addiction is on the increase.

I want to stress that addiction is an illness. I’m a subject expert. I am an addict/Alcoholic in recovery, i.e. clean for today and 9,000 days plus. In my experience, the perception of the addict has changed over the last 25 years. Today, it is much easier to ‘Admit’ ‘I’m addicted’ (as if I have a choice) than when I got clean. Newly sober, I had building insurances doubled, overdraft cancelled etc.

Alcoholism is a disease as recognized by the World Health Organization. There is no cure recovery in  abstention. Therefore, sadly I’m an addict, not ex-addict. It’s great to see people like Dr Alf opening up this discussion.

I am extremely lucky to have had expert full-time treatment, locked in a unit for three months and then love support from family and friends. The real misconception is normal people do not understand the addict mind – why should they? It is after all, my disease and my responsibility to keep clean. However, I needed those three months ‘locked-up’ to begin recovery.

There are some important takeaways for drug addiction. All addiction is a disease, including drugs. It’s impossible to combat addiction without professional help. In the case of drugs, there’s another debate about whether treatment should include substitute drugs. The bottom line is the addict must recognize that they’re an addict, even after they’re clean from symptoms.

Ian Geddes,

Cyprus