Saturday, June 24, 2017

The revenge of the geeks

Geeks and nerds of the planet locate your companies in Greece.

Greece has so many graduates of MIT, Stanford, Chicago, Harvard, Yale, Imperial, etc you will feel at home in 2017+ Athens, Greece.

At very competitive salary levels compared to the UK and other locations.

@locateinGreece.

At least this Financial Year

Once a Prince
Now a Knight

Special forces
for special causes

The past was many many years ago
The present is now
Wow!

Myths and realities
Actions and externalities

Rings, flowers, rules and devotions
Void of emotions

A ring, a ring, a sign of devotion
A flower, a flower, a sign of emotion

An option, an option, a sign of freedom
Devotion, devotion, a sign of the kingdom

The castle stood still, throughout the centuries
Hallmark of days past, symbol of the kingdom

The knight sat pondering
Thinking of freedom

Oh, I love the smell of wet grass, said the Princess

Far, away, in the global horizon, the storm was fierce
The barbarians were fighting, in full speed and armour
Oh, I love the smell of profits every quarter, said the Chief Exec
Oh, I hate firing people, said the Prez
All is fair in love and war, proposed the analyst

The battle was long and gruesome this quarter
The men in suits won the day
But lost the battle
Peace, declared the Prince, let's implement CSR

How noble, said the analysts
Rules can turn greed into nobility, said the wizzard
It's who makes the rules that counts, said the counsel

The Knight stared at the Princess
They looked at each other
Only for a moment
Their minds were made up

We got to get out of this place
They thought
Free together
Forever and ever more
Or, at least, this FY

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bubble economics!

Home alone

Spent 12 yrs mostly at home and working like a slave on the net in English and everyone had forgotten me in my native Athens, Greece.

Others became VIPs.
management-culture.com in 1999-2002

http://npthinking.blogspot.com since 2003.

66,000 tweets in EN just in 2009-2012 @ndpglobal
2400 quality followers around the world.

Vagabonded in 10 European countries plus Istanbul in 2012-2014 via trains, boats, rented cars and some air. Back on board (exec) in Dec. 2016.

SB, MIT; MBA, INSEAD.

0030 6996926825 only for friends and avid readers (OK and for job offers) 24/7/365 no sms SVP.
No sex calls pls, I'm married since 2014 and no sugar daddy!

PS. I've nothing to hack mates, so don't waste your time!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

United States of the WTO


Four freedoms:

1) Goods
2) Capital
3) Services
4) Humans

With the right foundations it can work.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Whip them hard sir!

"And when after years my schoolfellows who had won prizes and distinction for writing such beautiful Latin poetry and pithy Greek epigrams had come down again to common English, to earn their living or make their way, I did not feel myself at any disadvantage.

Naturally I am biased in favour of boys learning English.

I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honour, and Greek as a treat.

But the only thing I would whip them for would be for not knowing English. I would whip them hard for that."

Whip them hard sir for not reading npthinking enough!

Άνδρα μοι ένεπε μούσα, πολύτροπον, ως μάλα πόλλα πλάχθη επί γυναικός ιερόν πτολίεθρον έπεσεν...

It's all Greek to me?

US English, UK English and Aussie English spoken.

Watch SpanEnglish.

npthinking since April 2003. Thru thick and thin.

Thanks to all readers so far.

Moving forward.

What does not kill you makes you stronger.




IGC

We must build a kind of United States of Europe.

The structure of the United States of Europe, if well and truly built, will be such as to make the material strength of a single state less important..

If at first all the States of Europe are not willing or able to join the Union, we must nevertheless proceed to assemble and combine those who will and those who can.


Zurich, 1946
USA 1981-1986
France 1990-1990
Brussels 1991-1995
Athens, 1995-2017

We need an IGC.
Now dammit!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Employ the diverse Human Capital of Europe

Greece! Paradise on Earth for thinking intensive industries.
That is what people I know who work in Greece from the US, Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Italy Austria ......   say!
And cost of living and salaries are very competitive.

Join my Greece.
nickpana2017@gmail.com

Full CV available and briefings on the strategic advantages and well as issues in biz Greece.
US, UK and Aussie EN spoken. Global EN too.

I have scouted locations for other biz activities in the UK, France, NL, Italy, Lux, Bulgaria, Poland, TK, Georgia and Germany in 2012-2014 (on my own expenses, an investment of mine).

Brussels and Belgium you know. Europe are the people of this continent, united colors of Europe.

I do not post photos of people etc of course. People want privacy in Europe. Not like the US or the UK.

They are all in my head. Not just names or pals, but people I have evaluated as skills and ethos in many ways all those years in Europe (1986-present). Eg the people I met last night while walking around Athens 11pm to 7am today (local time).

References available of course. Especially re character (ie ethos).




Dear CEO

Dear CEO,

A wise woman from a village in Fokida, Greece (Google Map it) who met me in 1999 exclaimed to her grand daughter "if this man's dad was still alive this man would be a VIP".

Demothenes Panayotopoulos 1914- June 10, 1982.
NTUA '43

A great noble man.

I'm not a VIP and that's OK! But I know a thing or two about Europe and the world and of course my dad's Greece.

Americans, Russians, Koreans, Chinese, Germans, Dutch CEOs et al, come locate your production and/or CRM facilities in my dad's country.

@locateinGreece @locateintheEU
My dad's Greece.
At the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. And inside the EU/EEA single market.

And I will take you through the maze of Greece and the EU.
BUSINESSEUROPE Permanent Delegate 1991-1994




Eg, almost everyone in Greece speaks English. Even 85 y.o ladies.
Oui, da, ja!
Amazing country. And price competitive in salaries.
Great human capital in Greece.

2017 Greece is global. Real Greeks are cosmo-citizens. You just have to know how to treat them.
Ask the CEOs of multinational companies that have. I can put you in touch.

Best regards,

Nick Panayotopoulos
MIT '85, Northwestern '87, INSEAD (MBA) '90

2016-present Global CRM for a multinational US corporation.

Personal Twitter: @ndpglobal
HR and labor relations, Public/Corporate and EU Affairs, global CRM and Operations, Strategy and Finance.

E-mail me personally at: nickpana2017@gmail.com
Exec CV or relevant details available upon request.



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Apocalypse Now

"You are a soldier, you are capable of making war and making love".

The French woman in the French colony up the river in Vietnam.
In the uncut version of the film.


Think how it relates to 2007 and 2017 in this world and contact me for analysis if you need.

Alexandre le Grand plus Diogenes

Alexandre le Grand + Diogenes = Un vrai grec

When Alexander met Diogenes, he exclaimed:

"If I was not Alexander I would be like to be Diogenes".

Keep that thought in 2017+.

Survival of the fittest is the name of the game.

Please read what I wrote in this blog in 2001, 2003 and 2006.

News is not everything.

Analysts read the news when they are 2-3 days old.

The power of being Greek (before 2009)

Some 10 years ago I was in a global chat room.

Someone was giving me and others the run around.

So I stated:

Man, I am Greek, cut it out.

"Ah OK" he said and stopped.

Then came the 2009 Greek crisis that defamed all Greeks.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Stereotypes

People alas use stereotypes in Europe. Elsewhere too, but in Europe national ones still govern the dynamics.

I've met Guy Verhofstadt twice.

"Ah, a Dutch speaking Greek!"

"Ah an Irish speaking Greek" had exclaimed Pádraig Flynn in the early 1990s at the EU Standing Committee on Employment. He remembered and granted me an interview for Greek radio and EE magazine in 1998.

"How do you expect do find a job in the UK with a name like Panayotopoulos" told me a British journo on Twitter in 2016.

Oh well. They call it Marketing. Some is mass, some is niche. Managing stereotypes.

Doing global CRM for a multinational based in Athens, Greece.

Locate in Athens, Greece.

Paddy

Who gives a hoot about the parochial UK that always called Europe "the continent" and everything outside its borders "overseas".

And the US "the former colony".

Clegg promised free tuition before 2010 but gave it up when he worked with the Tories. His LibDems were crushed in 2015. He was not elected yesterday.

My npthinking analysis was again on the spot.
The turning point for the UK was the ToryLib alliance of 2010. Major mistake.

Plus when they dumped Charles. 

Paddy Ashdown was the man.

Earth: round or flat?

For businesses, it is simply bureaucratic.

I do not think that the continental approach does the trick.

If you are a citizen of the world then you are a citizen of nowhere.

May said that if you are a citizen of the world then you are a citizen of nowhere.

I guess she forgot Socrates of Athens!

Corporates, @locateinGreece in the Eurozone at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa.

Some have, global operations.

Talk to them.

Hitchhike (Douce France)

In 1979, at 17, I spent a month in summer school in Cannes, France (Lycee Carnot).

My GF at the time, 23, a Parisian, hitchhiked from Athens to Cannes (ferry boat from Patras, Greece, to Ancona, Italy).

We traveled together from Cannes to Grenoble.

We spent 7 days in a small flat on the 6th floor.

Then we hitchhiked back to Valence. She went North, to Paris.

I hiked South back to Cannes. First time ever.

Slept rough somewhere between Aix-en-Province and Marseille. Took the train from Marseille to Cannes.

Best time of my life.

My dream is to walk around this planet like people could in the past.

That's my global dream, still at 54.

MLK and RFK.

Ghettos and robohumans

There are 195 sovereign countries on this planet.

164 are members of the WTO.

28 in the EU.

3 in NAFTA, etc.

In the EU there 23+ official languages.

23+ job markets.

How many languages can a real human being speak to be able to use them (read, speak, write)? 2, 3, 4, 5? 

Language may be part of one's identity but Babel was punishment not a gift.

People from large countries do not mind that too much.

But if you come from a country of 1 million or 5 or 10, you do.

The EU has 4 freedoms, one for each of the following.

- Capital
- Goods
- Services
- Human

It makes 100% sense.
Language can bring us together. 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Oranje

Genes or jeans? I prefer the latter.

Made in China. 12E.

Boots: Made in China. 23E

Grey matter: Made in Greece

Value added: MIT, Northwestern and INSEAD.

The way to manage is:
Full defense, total offence, like Ajax 1971-1973.

You do an MBA to have a CEO POV not to become a CEO but the MVP for a CEO.




Tot ziens

Genes or jeans? I prefer the latter.

Made in China. 12E.

Boots: Made in China. 23E

Grey matter: Made in Greece

Value added: MIT, Northwestern and INSEAD.

The way to manage is:

Full defense, total offence, like Ajax 1971-1973 and the Oranje, 1974-1978.

Tot ziens.

See you in Barcelona.

Use the Force Luke

Firm asks for my ethnic origin.

Other.

What is your Ethnic Origin? If you stated 'OTHER' above then please state here

None of your business.

I applied for the:
Government Affairs Coordinator role (in Brussels)

The Empire strikes back.

The governing dynamics

Yatch Club, Piraeus, Greece. June 7, 1994.

UNICE Presidents' Council, Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU.

With my VNO/NCW colleague (both Permanent Delegates in Brussels at the now BUSINESSEUROPE).

In 1994 I wrote in Confidential Letter (Boussias Business Information) that if Greece, 11th then in the EU12, was not careful it would wind up 26th in an EU26. Well, it is 28th in 28 since 2009.

In 1999 I told Budget magazine that Greece's Euro membership was similar to a bond the value of which would show in 10 years' time. It did. November 2009.

In 2008 I told my now wife that what people like her in the USSR went though when the system folded is comparable to what would also happen in Greece.

Well, I am telling you today that Greece is worth locating at, at the crossroads of three of the five continents of this planet.

@locateinGreece (Twitter)

People in glass houses should not throw stones. Locate in Greece.

US English spoken. Some Dutch too.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

The real Americans


My top series (2003-2012):

1. Law and Order (NY)
2. Californication
3. Two and half men
4 The Office (US)
5. Shameless (US)
6. Shameless (UK)
7. Fringe
8.Law and Order (UK)
9. NCIS
10. Entourage

Years ago Ms Manners told a Harvard site that liberals in California create an America that does not exist.

We live in that America, all over the world.

We are the real Americans.


Friday, June 2, 2017

The MIT POV

Intensive. Work and shop til you drop.

As an MIT man I never had trouble sleeping in the computer lab, a mattress or crashing on a couch at the frat. 

If you need an executive who does not mind sleeping at work (ie considers the workplace his home and vice-versa) use the proper HR marketing to find him/her and me.

Workaholics eponymous. You will find many of those among Greeks and others in Greece.
That's the Greece I know.

For a Europe where everyone works

Partagez le reve pour une Europe comme les Etas-Unis. One tax system, one social security, one job market.

A union that works, not 9.5% jobless.

A union even better than the US one ever was.

United States of Europe:







My fave LibDem

My fave LibDem has been of course, Paddy Ashdown.

And never forgave the LibDems for treating Charles Kennedy the way they did. Not cool at all.

My 9 years in Tibet

On December 1, 2002, I got a phone call from the owner of the company I had been free lancing for since May 2002.

"I did not deposit your fee in the bank as arranged because I lent the money to a friend in need and do not have it".

December 25, I terminated the collaboration. Started preparing to move to London and start afresh after 8 years in my native country/job market. I did not wish to return to Brussels (1991-1995). I started reading up on global affairs/dynamics instead of EU ones.

"Tibet"

I monitored daily developments around the world. By 2005 I was ready to move. But a family member needed me in Greece.

Thus I spent 2005-2012, 9 years in total analysing the world from a flat. 3 while being a carer. An extra 4 cleaning up family red tape of 100 years and downsizing to just a few things (vagabond).

"Vagabond"

I then spent July 2012 to December 2016 vagabonding around Europe trying to find a corporate job or any job at 50+ and a "lazy and tax evading" Greek. On top of having been a "flea" (see Charles Handy's book).

Since December 2016 I'm back on the chain, gang.
Global CRM for a dynamic multinational.

If you believe in a cause, you can be a soldier or a commander in chief, the difference is not that big.
The cause is: Human Capital.

My gurus

These are some of the men I call my gurus. I've had the honor of meeting them personally, of course, over the years:

W. Chan Kim
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Chan_Kim
INSEAD, 1990

Philip Kotler
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Kotler
Thanks to the Hellenic Management Association (EEDE), 1989
Did not take his class when at NU, had taken the same one at Sloan in 1984.

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred_F.R._Kets_de_Vries
INSEAD, 1990

Charles Handy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Handy
Thanks to Hay Group, Athens, 2000.

Since 1999 I'm developing my own school of thinking. Evolving it every day.
"ΓΗΡΑΣΚΩ ΑΕΙ ΔΙΔΑΣΚΟΜΕΝΟΣ"

In 1999-2002 I produced management-culture.com, a resource for Greek managers and executives who dare to think.

These are my gurus. And my competition.

Dogville

Bonjour mes amis.

Hier, comme d' habitude, I worked hard. Been doing that all my life. Be it as a student, a uni student in the US and France, a sailor in the navy, a free lance consultant, a SEV man in Brussels, an ECOSOC man in Greece, a Rothmans man, an advisor to the former president of the Greek TUC, a TV and radio commentator, a dotcom entrepreneur, a Bull (1999), a carer to an 80 y.o. woman, a man alone in the maze of Greek bureaucracy, a man whose mother was thrown out of a Greek hospital in 2007 and spent 7500E per month for her in a private hospital (10/2007-1/2008), a man who took 3 rooms full of family papers and downsized them to 2 suitcases after reading each and every one, a man who managed and sold co-owned property 1982-2012.

The "idiotis" who understands both the forest and each of the trees in it.

On 4/7/2012 I gave the keys of my family flat to the new owner and took a dive into the ocean of globalization. At 50.

You have been reading my reports from the Waterworld.

Live, from the planet, it's Nick.

The global village. Not the one M. Night described.

Dogville win change.

-----------------------------
Dedicated to Charles Handy.
I met him in Athens, thanks to a Hay Group seminar way back in time.
"The elephant and the flea"
Read his book.

And all survivors of the Greek crisis so far.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The future of the WTO

Partager le reve du Nick.

US of Europe first, then enlargement.

US of the planet via the WTO.

Those countries that do not want it can stay out of it, no problem. Mutual respect. But no free trade outside the "US", cannot have the cake and eat it too. Not fair to the 7 billion.

I meant when I said, we need either more or less Europe ten years ago.
And either more or less globalization.

The 'current state' did not make sense for the average citizen.

How can you have a euro job market with 24+ languages? It's a real problem.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Star trek 2017+

1/2014 Brussels, Eurostar terminal (photo).
I am done travelling on my own expenses. But the investment has paid off. In global CRM since 12/2016.
When your wife is from Georgia, your next door neighbors in Patissia are from Africa, Russia and Pakistan, yeah man, then you are a true citizen of the world. Like Socrates, the Athenian.
Yesterday, Plato and I were brainstorming for 6 hrs at a coffee shop in Pangrati, part of the city of Athens too, on the past, present and future of the planet, Europe and Greece. Society, economy, jobs, politics. jobs, etc. I drank a whiskey (3.5E) and later a coffee (1.5E), Plato (22) just water!
We discussed about RFK, MLK, Alexander, the Byzantium, European colonialism, the dotcom bubble, the subprimes, derivatives, the Services economy, Greece 1974-present, the 60 yrs of the EEC/EU, China's entry in the WTO (2002), the EMU/Euro, NAFTA, UNASUR, Brexit, the Knights Templar and banking, freedom of movement, GATT/WTO, various forms of political systems, econ and social policy, jobs, HR, linear regression, Lagrangian Relaxation, multinationals and SMEs, and many more.
At some point waiting at the bus stop for my bus back to my hood, there was yet again another Sunday Athens run disrupting public transport as if marches were not enough, and buses were not running properly, two women came and asked us if the buses were running. We told them how to make it by foot to the closest Metro station (which was running) so that they would not have to take a cab.
"Where are you from" I asked them right afterwards.
"Does it matter" they said.
Then I paused and asked them: "Georgia?"
"Yes", they replied, surprised,
And I continued in basic Georgian.
Ja, that's global. I call it universal.
Lisez http://npthinking.blogspot.com and @ndpglobal because my Athens and my Greece are open to the world, not only for Business like Theresa May's Britain but for everything. Cos "it's everything or nothing baby" (JPB).
Mes voyages, so far:
1973, London
1974, Kent
1978, Paris
1979, SE France
1981-1986 USA
1990, Fontainebleau
Work:
1991-1994 Brussels (BusinessEurope permdel) and Lisboa, DenHaag, Copehangen, Ireland (EcoSoc), London.
1994 EP
1996-1997 Brussels and DenHaag (Ministry of Labor)
1998-1999 London and Amsterdam (Rothmans)
2001 Rotterdam
2012 Italy, France, Belgium, UK, NL
2013 Germany, Lux, Brussels
2014 London, Brussels, Sofia, Warsaw, Istanbul, Georgia.
8-10 hrs everyday I do global CRM.
BS MIT
MS Northwestern
MBA INSEAD
Tot ziens.
BRs
Nick

PS. Non, Therese, you cannot have EU Single Market w/o Free Movement, nein/non pas possible. No deal.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Donald and Donald

G7.
 
In 2004 I said that Europe needs a US of Europe and someone with popular appeal as its first president. Not a bureaucrat. I put forward the name of one controversial European of world popular appeal though.

The governor of California not eligible to run for US president cos not US born:

Arnold Schwarzenegge

13 years later the EU is alas an organizational mess.

How can the world take seriously a "Europe" that is represented in eg G7 by leaders of member states as well as EU level leaders.

Obviously "Europe" needs a real president and a US or FD of Germany structure.
60 yrs and still the structure is incomplete.

Will it take 300 years for a real "EU"?

Saturday, May 27, 2017

What happened to all that money?

In the past few years, I have met many visitors to Greece.

2 summers ago, a South African man with his family asked me:

"What happened to all that money" (Greece borrowed or got from the EU (CSF etc))

I explained, in a few words. Pro bono.

Ask me. But no free lunches, unless you are homeless or jobless. The system is called capitalism.

I have a job now, but if you want credible analysis you pay for the lunch. Because intellectual labor is labor too.

My parents did not sacrifice luxuries to pay dearly for MIT and INSEAD for their son's gray matter to be treated like a CCC- bond.

Last time I gave comments to non Greek TV was BBC World (2005).
A Polish crew also asked in the streets of Warsaw in 2014 (PolSat).
Last time on Greek TV: 2002.

I produced and presented the only program on the EU ever in private Greek TV (1998-1999), pro bono.

Forget pro bono. Greeks were asking you to work pro bono, for commission only or for peanuts way before 2009 and way before you decided to start it too.


Das Experiment continues, 8th year

Das Greek Experiment series continues. 
Comparable to the Walking Dead series. Daily. 24/7/365.
In a country that did not have a welfare state to begin with.

Jobless bens are 360E for all (0 for former independents) and up to 12 months, shameful for an EU country.

Shame on everyone involved.

Pray for the 11 million souls in Greece, no matter your religion. 
Greeks and others alike. 11 million. A drop in the ocean of 7.000 million. 

I am one of them. I have survived, for now, a former independent got a salaried job. Global operations.

Keep reading my blog. On Europe and the planet.

This is npthinking (2003-2012). Now @ndpglobal. Live from central Athens. 
Come visit Greece.

Look me up if you want, for a tour of Athens (Sundays only) and analysis of the issue in this blog. The world, Europe and Greece.

Under a tree, for shade, near the Acropolis.


Brain Drain

They drain your brain, your body, your soul.
They know how to do it so well.
They are masters in exploitation.
And they make you slaves of consumerism as well.

I stand for the Europe that stands for competitiveness, growth and employment not Casino capitalism or austerity BS.
Cos I got my BS at MIT and my MBA at INSEAD.
"Je suis Jacques Delors".
USA of Europe (or bust).

We need a real EU. A single taxation system, a single welfare state, a single market for everything and above all, a single market for jobs in Europe.

Watch the films:
- Le diner des cons
- 15 aout
- Les visiteurs

En francais, biensur
"Douce France ......"


Friday, May 26, 2017

Alexander or Diogenes? CEO or a homeless man?

It is said that when Alexander (the then Great) visited Athens and its Acropolis and had the encounter with Diogenes (who lived in a barrel), he exclaimed:

"If I was not Alexander I would like to be Diogenes".

In recent years, I have asked many people, mostly Greeks, why he said that. As a test. No one has provided a reply.

It is even more surprising because I have asked it in the epoch of crisis Greece.

It is so simple. A real leader admired and somewhat envied a homeless man who needed nothing.

I became almost homeless after 2012 in crisis Greece. I knew the reply before that. But now I know it even better.

"Freedom is just another word for nothing else to lose"
Kris Kristofferson

When you can live/survive with almost nothing then you can claim (compete for) everything, I say.
When you can be Diogenes then you can become Alexander too. And vice-versa. Some do not get it and maybe they never will.

Why? Keep reading npthinking.


Andra mi enepe, mousa, polytropon

Life is a road trip My CV I survived boring Greece 1962-1981. 1974 Kent 1979 Southern France Lafayette Colllege, PA, 1981-1982. Freshman rep and Zeta Psi. I survived MIT 1982-1985. NU with a fellowship. 1986-1987. i survived the military service. Freelance 1988-1989, dove into the economy, when others were joining corporate frigates.
1990 INSEAD, Fontainebleau, when Q8 was invaded. The MBA job market took a dive. Recruited by a Caltech man (RIP). Wound up in the EU's DC, Brussels 10 months later, as his eyes, ears and voice.
1991-1994 European Social Dialogue etc Econ and social policy savvy now. Euro blah, blah, blah, the Quartier got boring after 3+ years. 1996 Economic and Social Committee of Greece 1996-1997 Ministry of Labor and National Social Dialogue. I survived it. Dove back into the ocean of the private sector. Radio, TV, Euroelections in 5 Greek regions (10% of GR).
In 1999 I made management-culture.com aided by a Dutch guy from Rotterdam.
2005. 43. was leaving for London to seek a job on location. Fate strikes: My widow since 1982 mother was diagnosed with Alz. Became her personal carer instead.
2003-2012 npthinking. Analysis of world dynamics, blogging, vlogging, social media.
By 2012 I was free from all property and obligations in Greece. Kept only a suitcase. Toured 7 euro countries by boat, train and rented cars. No one gave me a job. What corporate have you done in the last 3+ yrs was the Catch22 in 2012 London. When you are under 30 they think you are too young. When 40+ too old, in Brussels, a 55+ Brit told when he came to meet me in central Brussels.
"Go back to Greece, get a salaried job and then we talk again" an old friend said in London. In 27% jobless -25% GDP crisis Greece! Kind of a MI! Well, I did. Had no option. 50, running out of money, no home, no family, friends minding their own problems, alone on this planet in 2012. With a weird CV, 20 yrs in Greece and the label of a lazy, tax evading, crook Greeks had thrown at them after 2009!!! Odd jobs and more travel, former Comecon. Jobseeking and fact finding. Running our of "fuel" (savings). Got married to a fine woman of Georgia. Finally, last December, after hundreds of CVs sent all over Europe, a corporation finally gave me an interview, the chance. The result: Got the job. Back in the corporate game. As a "soldier". Don't mind it. I work my behind off, as I have always done. But now it's documented. And I am of course more corporate than most corporates. Because I studied it. Plus I've seen the world. Skills count, not CVs. Skills and cover letters. Forever young, forever learning, forever seeking. Til the last breath. Life is a journey. "All aboard Amtrak" Code: Ulysses. In absence of a muse (aka headhunter) I am telling my own story. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Yeap. I am a geek, with an MBA, not a jarhead. But I do not mind being one. Life is not a road trip, it is multimodal transport(ation). Studied it at MIT and Northwestern. Operations Research - Decision Science. Takes wise HR to build you a truly competitive company. You read CVs thinking out of the box not like a bureaucrat. If you can't employ Nick, keep reading npthinking. It's not behind pay walls. Not yet anyway. I was reading the FT back in 1988. Now I am the "FT". To my father, I owe my birth. And my ethos. To my Athens College teachers 1972-1981, my culture. Thanks Michael, Art, Judy, Warren, Cliff, et al. I remember a Greek teacher as well. He taught us Geography, in English. Blimey, he had been everywhere. What a guy! Old Canadian AF pilot. Where is my Ithaca? Everywhere on this planet. As long as you get me a proper visa to work there! The whole planet is my home. And its people my brothers and sisters.

The quest continues.
Keep reading npthinking. Thank you, my readers. Merci. Danke, Kiitos, Grazie, Gracias, Obrigado. Takk, Dank u. благодаря (1)
Nick
PS. Ran into Richard Quest in Athens, in 2015. But did not try to talk to him. Ask me why if we ever meet. I Like the new economy but the old one had pros as well. Life is never simple. PS2. Don't judge a man by his age and nationality. Or "gender". PS3. I love Africa and Asia. Never been there, yet. No money for it. But I live in Patissia International. The new Bronx or Harlem. And I love it. PS4. A young colleague, 20, no college education, said to me the other "man, you're crazy, I love you". Well, that's better than thinking I am boring or over the hill. Jarhead and geek. At 54. "Andra mi enepe, mousa, polytropon" is Homer, in the beginning of Odyssey.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

From Babel to the Parthenon

"I am an Athenian and a citizen of the world"
Socrates, 400 years before Christ.



"According to the story(in Genesis), a united humanity in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar (Hebrewשנער‎‎). There they agree to build a city and a tower tall enough to reach heaven. God, observing their city and tower, confounds their speech so that they can no longer understand each other, and scatters them around the world."

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Babel

Years ago I wrote (in this blog) that we need either more or less "Europe" and either more or less globalization.

Brexit and Trump have kind of proved me right (2016).
So have the Dutch and the French (in 2017). Opposite forces.
(the French and the Dutch refs killed the EU treaty in 2005 too)

Complicated world. Complicated Europe.

I propose we need a real linga franca (as well as more humility) in Europe and on this planet.

Languages are quaint. But they:

a) Segregate humans

b) Red tape costs (translation etc) thus higher costs therefore a push to higher prices.

Europe for example needs a single job market. Impossible with 23+ languages.
English is of course the lingua. Of Europe and the world.

Not Esperanto, Cobol or money. 

God punished us in Babel. 
Let's reverse. Humble and with a lingua franca.
GlobalEnglish, neither UK or US. 

It's open source, not property of the English.
I happen to speak three English languages, UK, US and Global. The third is my favorite.
Some people at work think I am Mr. Spock!

I use Lisboa not Lisbon, I use obrigado, grazie,  takk, kiitos, blitzkrieg, hasta luego, spater, etc.
In spoken it is easier, but worth it in writing too.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Just another day at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa.

09:55 on a train going to work (11:00-19:00 shift). She steps into the wagon. Tall, thin, around 25 with a backpack. North European or American, vagabonding. 

I was thinking about work and did not chat. Just admired. She sat across from me. Opened her pack and took out a sandwich, 1.70E. 

Took off her sweater, she had hair in her armpits.
Amazon, Zina,

After work, 8+1 hrs later, around 20:45, I arrive at a downtown supermarket. I buy some goods. 

I chit-chat with the cashier guy. I offer to buy a cig from him cos I'am out. He gives me one for free.

I walk over to the bus stop. Open the Vanilla Cola (0.30E) and smoke the cig (Marlboro). People watching. I hop on the bus 30' later and get off near my house, I run into bros from Africa.

I am home. Bronx of Athens and Europe and proud of it. We spend 190E on rent, 3 people, all together not each! 

Ran into an NU alum yesterday. High fived when we realized we were both wildcats. She is '08.

I love this city more than ever before.
Has become almost as cosmopolitan as London and way cheaper to live.

That is why my employer, a US multinational, chose to run its global operations from here. Great human resources at a bargain price tag.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Like Linux

Learn English, It's the language of the planet. La lingua franca.

But develop your own English, no need to speak UK or US English. 

It's like Linux.

How do you expect to find a job in the UK with a name like ...

"How do you expect to find a job in the UK with a name like Panayotopoulos" a British journo told me last year.

It hurt, a lot. If the UK wants the EU Single Market it must give freedom of movement, or no deal. Spent a month in Deal, Kent, in 1974. Bought my Spurs shirt at Lillywhites in 1973. My Subbuteo at Hamleys.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A letter to Donald cc to some of his mates around the world (Farage, Le Pen etc)

Hi dude,

U. Penn man, right?

I am not Greek, I was born there. 

Just because you were born in America that does not make you American either. 

Or British. Or German. Or French. Or European.

Some Africans and Asians I know for example are much more European than others.

So spare me the "made in" or "born in" racisms.
Yeap, that's what it is.
MIT Speech & Debate Society President, 1984-1985.

Of course I am Greek, not by birth but by training.
Be Greek too. Come to my Greece, in the EU at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, to invest and produce, I can show you the way.

Building a new and better America, in Greece. Everyone welcome. Cos we are open to the world, unlike Theresa May or Donald.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Letter from Athens to my English friends.

Dear England,

I know you since 1973 and still love you.
But my price tag has gone up since Brexit and especially since May and team took over. Plus now you have to get me a visa, I insist. And a 3 year contract, guaranteed.
It's the cost of bad decision making. Sorry, but that's capitalism. 
They are supposed to teach it at Cambridge, Oxford and the LSE.
I am an MIT and INSEAD man.

Come to Athens and we can talk about your strategy and implementation from now on.

Love,
Nick

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

China

Have not met many Chinese people yet in my life, a major experience deficit.

Two out of 1.38 billion. A business woman and a diplomat. 

As I was pointing out to some Greek free marketers recently, China is an example of how communism and capitalism can blend. 

Russia's example is much different. Visited the ex-USSR in 2014. In recent years I have had the pleasure of working with fellow humans from the ex Soviet Union and the rest of the Eastern bloc. Their experiences they shared with me have enriched my mind, their presence have enriched my life. Including my wife.

Looking forward to visiting China. A great prospect for a Greek like me.

America

Working these days for an American global corporation and dealing on its behalf with people from all over the planet, I get to experience their attitude  towards an American firm.

Not easy being American around the world in the Trump era. I feel the hostility in some people in North Europe of all places! As if you are working for Darth Vader Trump.

On the other hand I read a survey that says that some 70-80% of Swedes wish they were Americans.

An American who has spent time in Europe was telling me the other day that young Russians are the new Americans.

What is America? How is it perceived? What is it image? How does it affect US products and services. Challenging times of US corporations selling to the world.

Obama was the friendly American, image-wise, no matter the essence.

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