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Archive for March, 2013

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Where do we go from here… Mckinsey?

This is a column that I regularly write for the business aviation magazine Blue Sky News called “View from the East”

We finally reached the 2013 and after surviving an apocalypse, suffering a bankruptcy in the industry and seeing the first celebrities book their seats for the Virgin Galactic adventure, we have to wonder: Where are we standing? On the fear preceded by a messy past or on the expectation for a brighter future. Well here’s a thought: How about the present?

During the last CEPA Expo one of the most notorious speakers, Magnus Henriksson from Avinode, made a remarkable opinion about the Central and Eastern European Business Aviation region, slightly unoptimistic but fairly remarked: The CEE is a region of untapped growth.

 

The untapped growth in existing markets.

 

The Central European countries represent an opportunity in the present, uncovering hidden opportunities for growth is what CEPA does and is reflected on the constantly growing membership.

 

But focusing on the people that make the numbers happen, Dagmar Grossmann conducted a research targeting the Ultra High Net-Worth Individuals in the Central European region. So we profiled the individuals who fulfilled the next requirements: A) Experienced in global business, B) Interested in travelling and aviation, C) international contacts and D) Backed up by a corporation

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Most of the people had charter experience; some of them even have an aircraft, but they haven’t make a deal on a second aircraft

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Interviewed by Charles Alcock for Business Jet Traveller

Interviewed for Business Jet Traveler magazine.

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“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

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Zucchero and Queen with my favourite song

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Changing Perspective is the only workable thing……

 

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Bond for a lifetime

lifetime-bond2 It was 1983 when I was studying chemistry and ran completely out of money. The local airline was recruiting  flight attendants – beautiful, nice manners, good education and all the other amenities that you can find in an ad where the supply curve is steeper than the demand curve.

I applied without expectations of getting the job. When I saw my competitors I was puzzled, I’ve never seen so many beautiful and arrogant Viennese women on one place in my lifetime.

The selection process was tough and the whole thing finished with 5 people selected out of 550. I got the job and couldn’t still believe it. Imagine, a thousand women working together, it’s like stepping into a snake pit full of cobras, really aggressive cobras. Or in a pool with hundreds of piranhas who did not eat for a month. The job was wonderful; it seemed to me like I have to pay to have this job. Stops in Mombasa, Larnaca and Maldives and the best shopping spots you could ever imagine. I loved that job. The money was great, so great that I stopped studying for a while and enjoyed having 200 pairs of shoes and 3 boyfriends at the same time, while planning all my trips and spending time with my friends. You will have only friends from your job, as in this age no one will cope with your lifestyle and you do not want to be bothered with the mediocre attitude that only slows you down. The women you are friends with are tall, beautiful and nasty, and they can choose everything, and I mean really everything. I adjusted pretty soon in this new life and I shared my boyfriends with 5 others and when I dated someone from outside of the community, meaning someone that has not been going out with one of my friends, 500 women checked on him and had an opinion. More…

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Erotic intelligence

What is love? And how can we manage to stay our entire life in a happy and crazy relationship. When we walk down the aisle we believe the bad luck is just for the rest of the people, that we are unique blessed creatures who won’t be slowly dying in boredom as it happens with them.

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A house, two children, a loving wife, a caring husband and all the elements to turn this into the perfect “and they lived happily ever after…” chapter; this is what we want to believe. But the truth is that there is a small thing in our prefrontal cortex that yells when we are sitting in front of our TV and makes you notice the similarity between you and your partner which frightens you to death, this is called desire. Ever heard about it? If not then you belong to the 5% of the population who can ignore it and become an old grumpy person who is typically known for hating their neighbors and hitting on doggies.

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