Grant Feller
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I’m a media executive who has spent more than two decades at the top of his profession. I’ve now started my own business inspired, rather bizarrely, by Hollywood actor and director Ben Affleck whose recent award-winning speeches had the theme of living a ‘Second Act’. It’s never too late, he said, to reinvent yourself. Well here's another 40-something, bruised, bewildered and spurned by Jennifer Lopez, looking to star in his Second Act. And win an Oscar.

It took redundancy – and the naïve wisdom of children – to make me realise that all that’s holding us back is the fear of doing something different. I ought to be more afraid than ever but really I feel liberated. And inspired.

You can view my thought bubbles at themidlifeaffleckted.blogspot.co.uk or twitter: @grantfeller

Please do get in touch – to abuse or amuse. Preferably both at the same time.

Alternatively, if it’s about work come and find me (us) at www.gf-media.co.uk

Entries by Grant Feller

The Curse of the Deputy

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (16:36)

It was always Gordon Brown's problem. It's turned out to be Philip Clarke's as well over at Tesco. And, despite his recent runs for England, it may well be Alastair Cook's too.

But why are deputies so often such failures? Why, when they have spent years planning their accession and...

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What It Feels Like to Be the Target of Anonymous Trolls

(3) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (00:00)

My family, it appears, are a 'bunch of ugly, sad losers'. My wife is so 'desperate' to leave me that she will '**** the next man she has a drink with'. My beautiful children are, variously, 'pathetic... spoilt... probably adopted' because I am 'unable to get it up... a waste...

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Why Is It Always Yes Men and Not Yes Women?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (09:00)

Men are either sycophants or narcissists. A fortunate few can even be both, such as the frankly scary Dominic Cummings, a close ally of Education Secretary Michael Gove and a person who is unlikely to have ever uttered the words: 'Sorry, you're right.'

Dominic has rebuked David Cameron for surrounding...

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Dedication, Not Delegation, Is What You Need Prime Minister

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2014 | (09:34)

David Cameron has got me singing an old TV theme tune all morning. It's from the wonderful Roy Castle's Record Breakers: 'If you wanna be the best, if you wanna beat the rest, dedication's what you need...'

Except I've replaced the word dedication with delegation. Because for a man supposed...

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My Friend's a Ukip Politician - So What?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (14:51)

So when is it acceptable to drop a mate?

All men like to think that they're unfailingly loyal, understanding and loathe to engage in petty vendettas with friends. But two encounters this weekend made me consider the dilemma of standing by a friend no matter what they do.

The gifted...

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The Future of Content: Left to Right, Not Up and Down

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2014 | (10:27)

I lead a very 20th century life in the morning, well before work begins and the rest of the family ruin my peaceful breakfast. I read my papery newspapers, write notes with a pen and occasionally sketch - badly - the comings and goings in the back garden.

But everything...

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My Son's Coach Could Teach Mourinho That Losing Well Makes You a Winner

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (18:29)

My son's football coach, one of us dads, was adamant. 'Boys, I only want winners. There is winning or there is nothing. I don't care how you do it but just win.' They lost.

Not only did they lose but they lost by kicking the ball aimlessly upfield, feigning injury...

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Don't Worry Moyes, There Really Is No Success Like Failure

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (17:12)

It's said that success breeds success but failure is a far more potent ingredient, which I suspect David Moyes will find out to his immense relief in a couple of years or so. Humiliation, disappointment and catastrophic loss - that's what makes people successful. That's why there's so much expectation...

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Never Allow a New Boss to Be the 'Chosen One'

(0) Comments | Posted 21 April 2014 | (16:38)

There hasn't been a worse hand-picked successor since Howard Taft, widely recognised as one of the most hopeless Presidents in American politics.

Poor old David Moyes may be humiliated by an appalling first and only season at the helm of Manchester United but at least his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson...

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The 17 Golden Rules of Blogging

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (09:04)

One of my many talents - aside from an unerringly accurate double-handed backhand - is, to my surprise, blogging. Not necessarily my own but others', their ghosted blogs.

The other week I was asked to speak to a selected group of PR executives as to how I approach writing a...

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Banning Phones Won't Beat the Bullies

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2014 | (08:51)

Last week my 15-year-old daughter told me she hated me. Absolutely screamingly, door-slammingly, never-come-in-my-room-again hated. 'You don't understand,' she said. 'This is my life and you're ruining it!' I hadn't stopped her from going to a party or from going within 10 feet of boys (tempting though that is). All...

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Cameron's Digital UK Needs A Dose Of Chutzpah

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (14:06)

As a mischievous teenager I was berated by my grandmother for showing too much chutzpah. I believe she was using the original meaning of the popular Yiddish phrase - insolence. She'd be amused to think that it's now a word we use to shower praise on someone with the confidence...

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The Best Music to Lose Your Job To

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (11:42)

We all know that our choice of music has an effect on our subconscious but I realised this morning - listening to my new, lovingly-compiled playlist - that the exact opposite is also true. Our subconscious chooses our music.

A year ago I lost my job, felt sorry for myself...

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Ukip Don't 'Love Britain', They Hate It

(9) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (14:40)

In the history of political slogans, there cannot be another more contradictory than Ukip's catchy new phrase, purloined with extraordinary naivety from the British National Party. 'Love Britain, Vote Ukip.'

It is perfect except for one thing. The omission of a single word. Don't. And a question mark. 'Don't Love...

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Sold Its Soul? Journalism Has Found Its Calling!

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (08:15)

What is the difference between a paid-for article praising a product and an article praising the exact same product in which no money has changed hands?

The former we might call native advertising, content marketing or perhaps even advertorial. The latter is traditional journalism.

Here's the follow-up question: which...

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How Personalised News Can Actually Help Us Live Longer

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2014 | (11:29)

For someone usually over-enthusiastic to make instinctive judgements, I'm peculiarly undecided about the internet and privacy.

One side of me says, 'Well I've got nothing to hide, what's wrong with people knowing who I am and what I like.' On the other, it's undeniably creepy that strangers - some with...

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The Problem With Yes-Men

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (08:29)

I have won and lost jobs on the back of my (occasional) inability to be an obsequious yes-man. I won a job in a powerful publishing empire because I dared to speak my mind in a room of conformity, at precisely the moment the boss was changing his. The next...

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Is Old the New Gold?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2014 | (10:11)

What will everyone be discussing at the World Economic Forum in Davos - apart from Bono's new superdark sunglasses and the luxurious hospitality accompanying debates about third world poverty? At a recent event I attended, the speakers concluded that ageing populations will dominate the agenda.

Which dovetailed neatly with two...

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Google's Contact Lens Is Just the First Step in Turning Us Into Empowered Robots

(0) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (16:44)

Forgive me for slightly boiling down the reasons for human existence into one pithy sentence but the three base instincts that truly fuel us are to get richer, have more sex and live longer. Or maybe that's just me.

Anyway, it's not a coincidence that the internet's most lucrative enterprises...

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2014 - The Year of the (New) Journalist

(0) Comments | Posted 5 January 2014 | (13:48)

Recently, I helped out a teacher friend of mine at her school careers fair. I was asked to be the friendly journalist - or Media Consultant as my more seductive name-tag suggested. My desk was pitched in between Mr KPMG and Ms Goldman Sachs, both of whom freely distributed company...

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