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The Greek Parliament has just passed two laws that will enact the stringent reforms that its creditors have demanded. This has now paved the way for them to request a three-year bailout package worth up to 86 billion Euros. While Greece previously wanted to avoid any further involvement by the IMF…..
When Abraham Lincoln accepted his nomination for state senator of Illinois back in 1858, he famously said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” While Lincoln was referring to the situation with slavery that was ripping the United States apart at the time, his words ring true for…..
Martin Feldstein is currently an economics professor at Harvard and was formerly the chief economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan. In addition to his long list of achievements, Feldstein has been arguing against the creation of the European Union long before it ever happened. In an article that…..
The Greek people have just voted convincingly to reject the austerity package proposed by the leaders of the European Union. Their logic is that they want to be the ones who decide what spending cuts to make and by how much. On the flip side, the E.U. has been shoveling money and restructuring deals…..
It was just announced that Greece failed to strike a deal with its international lenders to secure badly needed funding. As a result, capital controls will be put into place and Greek banks will be shut this week. While Greece continues to dominate the headlines, it is really just a symptom of a…..
I established the Leadership Litmus Test to identify the key attributes that great business leaders must have to be successful. For the past ten weeks, I have given out awards to CEOs that best exemplify each of these important qualities. A summary of these awards is the following: Honesty: Stephen…..
Abraham Lincoln was well known for his sense of humor. During the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates, when Douglas accused Lincoln of being two faced he replied, “Honestly, if I were two-faced, would I be showing you this one?” Lincoln was not the most attractive man and his ability to laugh about…..
Rather than hand out an award for delegation, I have chosen to create one for talent management instead. Companies of all sizes have always faced the tough challenge of attracting, developing, and retaining talent. Today, talent development has reached a whole new level, as successful business…..
It is not a secret to most people that Nike and Adidas dominate the global athletic footwear and apparel space. What is a secret for most people is that Under Armour is rapidly building its global brand through creativity and innovation and steadily taking market share away from both Nike and…..
Brazilian born Carlos Brito is the CEO of AB Inbev and has played a significant role in the transformation of the entire global beer industry. Some say Brito looks like he works in a hardware store, as he likes to wear jeans with his shirt tucked in. He is a no frills guy who does not believe in…..
When Nick Swinmurn went shoe shopping in 1998, he was simply looking for the right pair of shoes. After a frustrating experience of going store to store and not finding what he wanted, he created At the time, most people could not imagine buying shoes online and thought the idea was…..
In 1968, Richard Branson dropped out of school to start a magazine called “Student” to give students voice against the Vietnam War. Today, Sir Richard Branson heads the Virgin Group that includes more than 400 companies ranging from commercial spaceflights to healthcare. He is widely known as…..
Howard Schultz stepped down as the CEO of Starbucks in 2000 when business was booming. While he stayed on as the Chairman of the Board, he did not fully realise the depth of the crisis at Starbucks until 2008 as its shares plunged by more than 50%. Due to the financial crisis and competitive market…..
The CEOs of companies both big and small are constantly faced with uncertainty regarding the future of their businesses. It is no easy task to keep employees and shareholders happy at the same time. What makes a CEO extraordinary is their ability to not only lay out the company’s vision, but…..
Throughout history, there have been a few individuals that have disrupted entire industries and even created new ones. A key quality all of these individuals share is their unwavering belief in themselves. The “Confidence” Award goes to Jeff Bezos of Amazon, who was one of the founding fathers…..
Honesty is a critical attribute for all great CEOs. The ability to sell a company’s vision to employees, customers, and investors is directly related to the credibility of the one who is delivering the message. This credibility cannot exist if there are doubts about the honesty of a CEO. My search…..
As a news junkie, I regularly hear about CEOs of companies from around the world. From an outside perspective, these CEOs often appear to be quite different. Moving in a bit closer, however, reveals that successful business leaders from a wide range of industries have many key qualities in common.…..
When Michael Lewis’ best selling book, Flash Boys, went on sale last year, it sent a shockwave through the financial industry. Lewis’ premise is simple: the stock market is rigged. One year later, the topic of high speed trading (HFT) is still raging on as lawmakers and the public try to…..
I had a horrible dream that I woke up one day and my smartphone wasn’t there. After taking a deep breath, I furiously searched for my tablet. Unfortunately, I could not find it either. Finally, I sprinted to my laptop only to find that it was missing as well. A sense of panic shot up my spine as I…..
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network created from connected physical objects. To provide some perspective, it is forecasted that by 2020 there will be 40-80 billion connected objects or 10 connected objects for every one person on the planet. The term “IoT” was coined by Kevin Ashton back…..
Back in 2007, former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, received the Nobel Prize for his role in the making of the internationally acclaimed film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Due to the success of this documentary and the number of scientists supporting the global warming case, it seemed that the…..
The future of the automobile will be like a soap opera that is full of twists and turns. Many experts believe that in 20 years, electric cars will replace traditional, gas-powered cars and dominate the roads. Others say that the electric cars will not be able to compete with next generation…..
Urbanization is happening at a pace that has never been seen before in history. Experts predict that by 2050 the majority, approximately 75% of the world’s population will live in cities. In the future, we can also expect to see a dramatic rise in the number of megacities, which are formed when…..
The first time I was on an airplane was in 1982 and the experience of flying has not changed much since then. While long haul flights now offer in-flight entertainment systems, security is certainly slower and I do not seem to get my bags any quicker. In the future, however, we can expect to see…..
Economic progress has provided us with conveniences and luxuries that previous generations only dreamed about. At the same time, this progress has created some serious and harmful side effects that will be inherited by future generations. One of the dirtiest secrets of our planet is the “Great…..