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George Soros – Remarks at the Festival of Economics, Trento Italy, June 02 2012

Summary BILLIONAIRE GEORGE SOROS delivered a speech in Trento, Italy yesterday on the Eurozone crisis and it’s an absolute dynamo. It starts off with an overview of his economic theories (which revolve around the idea that markets are deeply imperfect … Continue reading

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Innovation and the post-recession dawn

How is your business doing? Thriving or just hanging in? Have you made sufficient fundamental change? “Kicking the can” or “to core”? Are you thinking, “It’s not really broken so any need to fix it”? Do you have any of … Continue reading

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Interaction with your customers

Last time we challenged you on the performance of your business and your innovation. See copy at http://mcp3p.com /archives/776 This time the challenge relates to your interaction with your customers. Are you intimidated by your biggest customer? Is your customer … Continue reading

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Executives struggle most with big-money decisions

By: Neil Amato October 8th 2012 If a decision involves money, especially lots of it, then executives tend to struggle with that decision. Sounds simple, and perhaps it’s a reflection of somewhat leaner economic times, but a majority of North … Continue reading

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10 companies with insanely great marketing

Marketing is like sex — everyone thinks they’re good at it. In reality, of course, very few really get it. So few, indeed, that I had to struggle to come up with 10 companies that really know what they’re doing … Continue reading

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The Weaponisation of Economic Theory

Europe’s three needs: 1. a debt write-down, 2. a real central bank, 3. and a more efficient tax system What can Europe learn from the United States? First, the United States – like Canada, England and China – have central … Continue reading

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As role evolves, CFOs must brush up on communication skills and strategic thinking

CFOs are increasingly involved in setting strategy – a transition that is requiring them to become more effective communicators and to think more holistically, according to a new Ernst & Young report. CFOs from multinational companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola … Continue reading

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The Performance Appraisal: A Workplace Evil That Must Be Destroyed Like a Blood Sucking Vampire

For over two thousand years doctors would puncture their patients’ veins and let them bleed out in order to rid them of their diseases. Today we laugh at the practice of bloodletting. Two hundred years ago we would measure a … Continue reading

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Spotting Cash Cows

Cash cows are just what the name implies – companies that can be milked for further on-going profits with little expense. Producing plenty of cash, these companies can reinvest in new systems and plants, pay for acquisitions and support themselves … Continue reading

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Pay to play? Survey shows increased risks of bribery, corruption

By Ken Tysiac May 26 2012 An erosion of ethical standards amongst decision-makers leaves companies increasingly vulnerable to corruption, a new fraud report shows. The risks are greater in emerging markets, according to Ernst & Young’s 12th Global Fraud Survey. … Continue reading

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