“A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”
– Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, born on this day in 1874 at Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire
“Over time, democracies tend to tax more and more, committing government to spending on a range of popular public services and income transfers. At the end of the 19th century, at the onset of democratisation, government spending in the Western world averaged around a 10th of national income. By the end of the 20th century, it accounted for around 45 per cent.”
– from work by the US economists Allan Meltzer and Scott Richard
Last Friday night was a special occasion for a family business I have been involved with for many years:…co-founder Anita Dynes was inducted into the NZ Road Transport Hall of Fame. With Jim and John she went into business 51 years ago, just before turning 21 years of age. That small rural transport with hopes and dreams pinned to trucks like “Leyland Comets” grew to become what is today Dynes Transport Tapanui Limited.
Dynes first came to my attention early 1977 when their first new Kenworth was on display at a forest industry show in Rotorua. A bold purchase at that time, Kenworth trucks were both uncommon and very expensive. Decades later I met Anita and Jim’s son Peter. I soon began to appreciate the culture of measurement and understanding of business performance, that Anita had pushed from the ‘back room’ office to enable others to be driving hard in the best direction. At the same time she epitomised courageous adaptability to changed family and business circumstances which saw DTT thrive from new solutions for customers, from new technologies.
Welcome to 2020, plenty ahead to get excited about!
“Do not get so distracted on the things around you; that you cannot focus on the things in front of you”
– Joetta Clark Diggs (1962-), New Jersey born Olympic middle distance runner and more latterly author, speaker and sports administrator