The current fuel supply problems in France, and planned strikes involving the Parisian Metro and bus network and air traffic control is likely to have a major impact on the French economy and, no doubt, its reputation as a reliable destination for commerce and pleasure.
Normally, situations like this are simply stories on the news feeds—news from afar. However, this one is a little more personal because I am due to be in Paris 1–3 June to speak at the EURAM conference. The planned strikes will cause chaos, rendering movement around the city nigh on impossible and placing my return to London to meet pre-booked long-haul flights at serious risk. After considering several options and weighing up the risks, the best (but far from ideal) decision seems to be activate Plan B, to cancel the Paris portion of the trip. Sadly, this means I will not attend EURAM this year.
All is not lost though. The London portion of the trip has been very worthwhile. To have met several influential business leaders and participated in some important discussions has been a privilege. The prospect of several advisory and speaking engagements now looms large. Consequently, I will return to London in mid September and again in late October. Please get in touch if you want more details of the visits, have a request or you wish to schedule a meeting.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.