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eSAMI for February

February 26, 2013

February 2013


As 2013 gets   underway, SAMI with Laurie Young held a “Blowing the Cobwebs off your Mind”   event at The Royal Society to explore how business models are changing and   how organisations can anticipate and benefit from the changes. If you would   like to see the output from this event, or be advised of future events,   please contact us on


SAMI Associate   Director Jon Soar has written on Seven Things Executive Coaches Should Know About   Scenario Planning  – as he points out “There   are fundamental similarities between coaching and scenario planning.   Coaching is concerned with the ‘here and   now’ and the future, not with the past.     So are scenarios.” The full article can be found on the SAMI blog,


John Kay gave an   interesting lecture – based on his report “Report on UK Equity Markets and   Long-Term Decision Making” at a Tomorrows   Finance event. He felt that building trust and confidence in financial   services must be based on changing behaviours, and discussed the symptoms,   diagnosis and treatment around behaviours. On treatment, he identified three   areas which need rethinking: fiduciary standards, regulatory system currently   focused on internals, and the separation of investment and trading from   retail banking. However he felt that a breakup of current banks to achieve   the separation was unlikely. The issue of taking decisions for the long term   is of course behind Long Finance.


We are working with   Long Finance on a research project “Fairness and Finance”. The question is   whether fairness is culturally transferrable as an organising principle for   financial services. The project specification is on the web site – we are looking for a Masters   student to do the research, and a financial services firm to fund it. Any   thoughts on either a researcher or a sponsor, please contact us at

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