What we have here is not just a failure to communicate, but a dreadful lowering of standards where we have gone from being able to speak in shorthand and get things done by multi-tasking to juggling two balls in the air, fumbling with that one act affair and everything going around in one never-ending circle game with too many people busy doing something, but nothing ever really getting done.

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“Back in the day”, it was all about time management and where, as with anything, the more one did it, the better one became at not only doing that one thing very well- sure, sex was part of practice makes perfect- but multi-tasking and offering you the freedom to roam and take risks and create and go out and play without having to spend time having dumbed down lunches meant to help move things forward, but, like all those ceaseless meetings, where nothing is ever resolved until the next meeting, and then the next, and, finally, a decision is made- usually the wrong one- because time’s up and something/anything needs to be out there for somebody/anybody.

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Thank fuck, the Beatles came together the way they did with that individual synchronicity where each knew what they had to contribute to the sum of the parts and which somehow, miraculously, attracted others with their own talents to the motherlode.

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It started, of course, with Manager Brian Epstein who made that early exit knowing his boys had outgrown him and that kaftans and a new head space had taken over from collarless jackets and Beatle boots.

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No, the real team comprised Producer George Martin, Publicist and creative maven Derek Taylor, Neil Aspinall looking after the business side of things, and long-time pal Mal Evans doing everything that was asked of him until he hit rock bottom and had his brains blown out- not in a car, but by the LA Police in a botched up shooting that was still very much a Day In The Life of a very troubled soul.

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Each- even Evans, more of a hanger-on and enabler than anything else- contributed to the whole, there was no dead weight holding back progress, and which gave the four lads the freedom and peace of mind to do what they did best- make music , which led to movies, touring, singles, EPs, albums and the eventual creation of Apple.

This soured when egos collided and Allen Klein was brought in and The Great Divide was created.

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Yoko didn’t break the Beatles up. She finally made John Lennon a happy man and not the sad bugger calling for help and running into that girl who once had him when he thought he once had her and took aim at everything and everyone by saying that happiness was a warm gun.

It was Allen Klein who broke up the Beatles because the Beatles didn’t want to be Beatles, anymore.

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Still those high-speed, seven years when they came together like The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, when tomorrow never knew, yesterday had come and gone and when they filled the world with such incredible creativity has made me think about this:

If surrounded today by a team communicating with them through WhatsApp and twitter and Facebook and photo-bombing them with instagrams and stupidly naive Ice Bucket Challenges, what might have happened to the Beatles?

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Add to all of this clutter, all those meandering meetings we are forced to attend and which are often held for the sake of holding a meeting, where committees ask questions for the hell of saying something- “John, could you not say, ‘I am a fried egg instead of, ‘I am the Egg Man?'”- and where would there have been any time to create and produce and deliver.

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Look around and there are flashes of creative brilliance, but, for the most part there has been a dumbing down of the world, which has reached pandemic proportions of mediocrity, and where settling for sub-standard is the New Great.

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It’s there for all to see in every walk of life, but mainly in the quality of people we deal with on a daily basis, who, are incapable of doing anything other than speak in boring soundbites and the gospel according to google.

Why? They have not learnt how to think for themselves as they missed out on Life Lessons when these were handed out, and so, sit there making flatulent noises as they really ARE Lennon’s Goo Goo Goo Joobs rolled into one vapid Nowhere Man.

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Hans Ebert
Chairman and CEO
We-Enhance Inc and
Fast Track Global Limited