Every 10 minutes a boat show is born

Originally posted on 14 October 2016 on LinkedIn. It is an outstanding birth (berth) rate far exceeding the most developed countries in which they are usually held. Surely this growth rate cannot be sustained in an industry which takes the term ‘disposable income’ to colossal levels? Bien sûr c’est possible. Take my adopted home for instance. There are…

Hi my name is Clare and I embrace my limitations

Originally published on 20 September 2016 on LinkedIn. The modern professional world is geared around expertise, experience and strengths. LinkedIn prompts you to detail every element of your professional life then rates your profile and awards individuals based on these ratings. Connections endorse you for all manner of skills, whether you have them or not…

Redefining Luxury: the appendix of marketing

Originally published 13 September 2016 on LinkedIn. And by appendix, I mean the useless internal organ of a human which we can easily live without and often becomes inflamed. Aside from its overuse (a quick search of #redefiningluxury on Facebook results in posts about cars, houses, handbags, shopping centres, watches, kitchens, and bizarrely, Greyhound buses),…

Am I the J.K. Rowling of LinkedIn?

Originally published on 27 August 2016 on LinkedIn. In the last three weeks I have embarked on a personal experiment.  To further discover the nuances of social media, I am writing blogs on various topics which interest me and posting them to LinkedIn. My first attempt was very well received.  I felt great. My second…

Gold, recycled tyres and other valuable things

Originally published 25 August 2016 on LinkedIn. Humans have always held certain items and goods as dear, valuable and desirable.  For instance, we have considered gold as valuable since ancient Roman, Egyptian and Inca societies and in the modern day, trade it on the stock exchange. But why do we continue to value gold?  It…

Fear and trepidation: I have to change my LinkedIn status!

Original published on 16 August 2016 on LinkedIn. After 15 years of continuous work, I have taken a sabbatical for seven months.  It has been wonderful and I have very much enjoyed being with my family, traveling and being a home cook extraordinaire. However, the time has come for me to return to work and…