Lessons From Life
I am a great believer that we learn from experience and that sharing those experiences can be very powerful. When I was a student I used to love telling stories and I would tell them over and over again to anyone who would listen.
My flatmates noticed when I repeated a story or a new one was coming and would chant “Staple Story” to warn the new listener or to try and shut me up. So it seems only sensible to have a section on this website which could include my staple stories from my career and personal experiences.
Hopefully you will find some fun, a bit of sadness but also a recognition or connection but mainly a morsel of food for thought.
We are now hooked on going to Scotland every Easter. We split our time between Janet’s cousin’s farm on the east coast near Buckie and at Mellon Udrigle on the west coast just up from Gairloch. I have such a great time there and really switch off. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have ever been. After our holiday in 2013 we returned home with a Scottish £10 note. People are sometimes wary of accepting them in England.
My first boss and the person who recruited me to P&G was the charismatic, smooth and sharp Duncan Anderson. He had an electric charm, I have never met a better sales person – he also had a great and irreverent sense of humour. I remember him with a glint in his eyes composing a card to our arch rivals Lever Brothers (who also happened to have an office in Harrogate). He wove this great story about a truce and suspension of hostilities over the festive period – wonderful nonsense for soap sellers.