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How to Create Real Value
December 11th, 2008 by Steve Pavlina
howto  value_creation  blogs  inspiration 
june 2010
The PNM-Wikistrat connection
June 22, 2010 | Globlogization | Thomas P.M. Barnett. Four
20-something entrepreneurs have created a start-up (incorporated 6 mths.
ago) that seeks to adapt the Wiki platform to a
competition-of-the-fittest-style generator of strategic planning within
organizations (companies, government agencies, etc.)...Strategic
consulting in the private sector requires--more than ever--some
connectivity to solution-delivery, meaning almost nobody is paying the
old top-dollar for PPT slide decks and reorg charts--only. Instead,
companies want your interaction to come with some technology solution
that simultaneously empowers them to deal with the issue in question.
Advice just isn't enough anymore.

Govts. as a whole struggle with these problems, and are always looking
for new tools to empower individual workers while connecting them to the
wisdom of crowds, whether it be fellow bureaucrats (where a tremendous
amount of wisdom truly resides) or with the citizenry (their natural
counterparty).
wikis  Thomas_Barnett  management_consulting  start_ups  Israel  Israeli  solutions  advice  counterparties  empowerment  government  tools  bureaucrats  wisdom_of_crowds  citizenry 
june 2010
Heads should roll after the Fadden interview – CBC heads
June 24, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Norman Spector . Heads should roll after the Fadden interview – CBC heads
security_&_intelligence  CSIS  espionage  CBC  China  Norman_Spector  spymasters 
june 2010
Opening New Fronts in Smartphone Turf War - WSJ.com
JUNE 23, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By YUKARI IWATANI KANE And BEN WORTHEN. IPhone Advances Inside Companies BlackBerry Had.
smartphones  iPhone  BlackBerry  Ben_Worthen 
june 2010
Op-Ed Contributor - Lose a General, Win a War - NYTimes.com
June 23, 2010 | New York Times | By THOMAS E. RICKS. FOR
most of the U.S.'s history, the armed services have had a strong and
worthy tradition of firing generals who get out of line....If President
Obama is to be faulted, it is for leaving that group in position after
it became apparent last fall that the men could not work well together.

No policy can be successful if those sent to put it in place undermine
one another with snide comments to reporters and leaked memorandums like
the cable disparaging Mr. Karzai written by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry
last year. For this reason, the president should finish cleaning house
and fire Ambassador Eikenberry and the special envoy, Richard Holbrooke.
Obama  Stanley_McChrystal  U.S._military  U.S._Navy  WWII  leadership  firings  U.S._Army  civilian-military_relations  generalship  warfare  war 
june 2010
TriniGourmet.com » Trinidad Callaloo (vegetarian)
22 March 2007 | TriniGourmet. To the ingredients in this
recipe add: roasted corn (taken off the cob); diced potatoes; diced
celery; coconut milk, minced gloves of garlic; sweet Bell peppers; mushrooms;
coriander/cilantro; a few spinach leaves; 2 boxes of chicken broth. Add
about a quarter-inch of cooking oil. Fry all ingredients for 30
minutes. Add broth to cover fried ingredients. Simmer for 60 minutes.
Cool and blend in a mixer/food processor into a puree. Add salt beef
that has been boiled in 3 sessions. Serve
soups  recipes  Caribbean  callaloo 
june 2010
Innovation's Dirty Little Secret
June 21, 2010 | BusinessWeek | Jeneanne Rae explains that
innovation is about more than lip service. It requires genuine
commitment to corporate change.
innovation  large_companies  change  organizational_change 
june 2010
Tarnished Brands at Bargain Prices: Will the Tech Sector's Latest Growth Strategy Pay Off?
June 09, 2010 | Knowledge@Wharton | Anonymous. "...The big
difference between what's happening in the tech sector and a traditional
leveraged buyout is that there is little to no debt involved in the
recent tech deals." ..."The challenge for the acquirers is that they
have to integrate their targets and then create a new market or product
category. "
growth  strategy  mergers_&_acquisitions  M&A  technology  fallen_angels  post-deal_integration  tarnished_brands  turnarounds  new_products  new_categories 
june 2010
The Lost World of Wilson Harris
June 19, 2010 | Stabroek News | in Editorial
Guyana  Guyanese  writers  reading  editorials 
june 2010
Hedge Fund Boss Ray Dalio Gives Life Lessons - WSJ.com
JUNE 19, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By MICHAEL CORKERY.
Money Talks: A Hedge-Fund King Philosophizes on Truth and Weasels. Staff
Must Be Brutally Honest, or Else; Separating Hyenas from the Wildebeest
hedge_funds  organizational_culture  Bridgewater  Ray_Dalio  life_lessons 
june 2010
Patrick Lencioni: The Most Important Leadership Trait You Shun - WSJ.com
JUNE 22, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By PATRICK LENCIONI.
Writes about vulnerability, the ability to be genuinely honest about
one's weaknesses, mistakes and needs for help. Whether we're talking
about leadership, teamwork or client service, nothing inspires trust in
another human being as much as vulnerability . There is just something
immensely attractive and inspiring about humility and graciousness.
leadership  Patrick_Lencioni  personal_growth  life_skills  humility  weaknesses  authenticity  trustworthiness  grace  vulnerabilities 
june 2010
Online Privacy Protection Wins Investor Backing - WSJ.com
JUNE 20, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By PUI-WING TAM And BEN WORTHEN. Funds Invest in Privacy Start-Ups
Companies With Ideas on How to Protect Personal Information Are a New Favorite of Venture Capitalists
privacy  venture_capital  Ben_Worthen  Pui-Wing_Tam  start_ups  tools 
june 2010
The 15 Minutes that Could Save Five Years
June 16, 2010 | Harvard Business Review | by Michael Schrage.
We're facing the end of retirement as we know it — an emerging
unpleasant reality that will (re)shape the quality of life and standard
of living for billions. we all need to start dealing with it.
Now....Forget the "saving for retirement" shibboleths. Strategically
addressing those 60+ months after age 65 may be the most significant
long-range planning investment in your human capital portfolio....Who
are the 70+ year olds whose presence, energy, and effectiveness might
profitably serve as the benchmarks for your own?
invest_in_yourself  Michael_Schrage  retirement  HBR  personal_finance  aging  human_capital  role_models  Kauffman_Foundation  Zoomers  long-term  shibboleths  savings  planning  myths  strategic_thinking  JCK  endgame  Second_Acts  long-range 
june 2010
How to Translate Training into Results
June 15, 2010 | Harvard Business Review | by Ron Ashkenas.
"Many companies create leadership programs that are filled with good
content and delivered with great skill, but without any kind of
measurable business impact, they eventually die on the vine. Luckily the
"fix" for these kinds of programs is really quite simple: Require that
participants come to the program with a specific business challenge
(either individually or as a team); build time into the program to
create a plan for addressing that challenge based on the content that is
presented; and then insist that managers execute against these plans
after the program. Firms such as GE, Honeywell, Siemens, and many others
have used this approach for years with great success — and have
documented many millions of dollars of benefits. In essence they have
transformed their leadership development activities from a "cost center"
to a "profit center" — which makes them much more difficult to dismiss
when budgets get tight. "
leadership_development  training  HBR  leadership  GE  Freshbooks  cost_centers  profit_centers 
june 2010
Google's search for superiority
June 19, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Omar El Akkad. "For the
first time since Google began eviscerating the competition in the search
market a decade ago, a new crop of sites are threatening its position.
Millions of users are turning to sites ranging from Twitter to Facebook,
Amazon to eBay, to look for breaking news, restaurant recommendations
or shoes for sale. Apple is starting to leverage its massive mobile
applications ecosystem to run an advertising business aimed squarely at
taking revenue away from Google’s search advertising. Suddenly, Google’s
list of potential competitors has exploded."
Google  search  Apple  Twitter  Facebook  Amazon  eBay  competitive_landscape  Omar_El_Akkad 
june 2010
The man who’s tutoring Bill Gates
June 19, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Margaret Wente. Discusses
Vaclav Smil at the University of Manitoba. Prof. Smil’s 24th book,
Global Catastrophes and Trends: The Next 50 Years, has just been
published in Canada. It offers a numbers-heavy but compact guide to all
the main things we should be worrying about (or not), from natural
disasters to population trends.
billgates  books  Canada  catastrophes  catastrophic_risk  disasters  energy  environment  Margaret_Wente  natural_calamities  politics  worrying 
june 2010
No 'culture of poverty' here
June 18, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Doug Saunders
poverty  Brazil  Rio_de_Janeiro  Doug_Saunders 
june 2010
Avoid the shock of cellphone roaming charges - The Globe and Mail
Dakshana Bascaramurty

Globe and Mail Update Published on Sunday, Jun. 06, 2010 9:41PM EDT Last updated on Monday, Jun. 07, 2010
mobile_phones  fees_&_commissions  roaming 
june 2010
Getting Back to Sales - You're the Boss Blog - NYTimes.com
June 19, 2010 | New York Times | By JENNIFER WALZER. "Looking
back, I was focused on so many other areas of the company that I didn’t
spend enough time working with my former sales person. I realize now
that our training and support system for sales members needs to be
completely revamped.... Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
(1) I need to stay involved in selling.
(2) I now know now that I need stay connected to my sales
team...reviewing logs on a weekly basis and doing ongoing training.
(3) We need to update the list of questions we ask prospective clients
to ensure they are in our target market. Our goal is to scale sales,
and unless a prospect is willing to spend at least $150 a month in
services, we know it won’t be a good fit.
(4) I now realize I should always be on the lookout for great
salespeople. I never should have gotten stuck with only one person in
this role.
CEOs  sales  sales_training  women  support_systems  salespeople 
june 2010
Unboxed - Yes, People Still Read, but Now It’s Social - NYTimes.com
June 18, 2010 | New York Times | By STEVEN JOHNSON, Nicholas
Carr's new book, “The Shallows,” argues that the compulsive skimming,
linking and multitasking of our screen reading is undermining the deep,
immersive focus that has defined book culture for centuries.
Distractions come with a heavy cost--studies show how multitasking harms
our concentration. But we must also measure what we gain from
multitasking....The problem with Mr. Carr’s model is its unquestioned
reverence for the slow contemplation of deep reading. For society to
advance as it has since Gutenberg, he argues, we need the quiet,
solitary space of the book. Yet many great ideas that have advanced
culture over the past centuries have emerged from a more connective
space, in the collision of different worldviews and sensibilities,
different metaphors and fields of expertise. (Gutenberg himself borrowed
his printing press from the screw presses of Rhineland vintners, as Mr.
Carr notes.)
cognitive_skills  collective_intelligence  collective_wisdom  Communicating_&_Connecting  connected_learning  contemplation  cross-disciplinary  deep_learning  discernment  distractions  focus  Johan_Gutenberg  Kindle  metaphors  multitasking  monotasking  Nicholas_Carr  reading  shallowness  skimming  solitude  Steven_Johnson  sustained_inquiry  thinking  thinking_deliberatively  worldviews 
june 2010
In New York, a Business Course Geared to Artists
June 18, 2010 | NYTimes.com | By KATE TAYLOR. 2
city-financed courses devised to help artists help themselves. The group
attending the 5-week program includes painters, sculptors,
photographers, filmmakers, creative writers, actors, directors, dancers,
singers, and musicians...Group sessions cover subjects like
intellectual property and Internet marketing. Plus, each artist gets a
20-minute meeting with a New York Foundation for the Arts staff member
or an outside adviser to review his or her business plan. At the end of
the course, the students can apply for subsidized studio or rehearsal
space at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, courtesy of Chashama, an
organization that transforms vacant properties into art spaces.
artists  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  business  creative_class  creative_types  New_York_City  professionalization  professional_education 
june 2010
Going To The Head Of The Class
JANUARY 8, 2007 | Business Week | Jane Porter
diversity  business_schools  ufsc 
june 2010
Nestlé’s ‘floating supermarket’ sets sail | |
June 18, 2010 | FT.com - Beyond Brics | By Dom Phillips in Belém
Nestlé  Brazil  consumers  food  supermarkets  boating 
june 2010
Building a Fire Under the Melting Pot
MARCH 16, 2005 | Business Week | By Francesca Di Meglio. Send to marlon, del and neil.
diversity  enrollment  business_schools  MBAs  ufsc  melting_pot 
june 2010
Judith Miller: The Weekend Interview with Ray Kelly - WSJ.com
JUNE 19, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By JUDITH MILLER.
Terror Target: Manhattan. New York's police commissioner says it's a big
mistake to write off failed attacks as the work of incompetents, and
he's developed his own intelligence apparatus to make sure they don't
succeed...."Apart from helping bring violent crime down to historic
lows, Mr. Kelly's fame is based on the counterterrorism plans he first
sketched in 2002 on a piece of paper for Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That
model has transformed the way that the NYPD and other large police
forces in many cities now combat terror. By creating a local
intelligence capability—complete with undercover agents, informants,
analysts, a community mapping effort, a terrorism cyber-unit, a small
army of linguists and even an overseas presence in 11 cities—Mr. Kelly's
counterterrorism force is widely regarded by experts as second only to
the FBI in homeland defense intelligence."
counterterrorism  covert_operations  informants  intelligence_analysts  New_York_City  NYPD  policing  Ray_Kelly  security_&_intelligence  terrorism  violent_crime 
june 2010
Think Smarter About Risk - WSJ.com
JUNE 14, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By MOSHE A. MILEVSKY.
Too many investors may be taking big chances with their money because
they aren't considering the most important asset of all: themselves.
"Eventually some clever teenager will develop an iPod app in which users
specify background demographic information about themselves, where they
live, educational achievements, job history, etc. They will then
receive daily updates on the value of their entire personal balance
sheet, including their human-capital value and personal beta. At first
this mark-to-market value of You Inc. will be crude, blunt and
controversial. But over time—and by tapping into the vast array of data
from the clouds—this valuation will be refined to the same level of
accuracy as any closing price on a mutual fund....One thing, though, is
certain: Knowing your personal beta will help you manage your total risk
more effectively. And that is always a safe strategy."
howto  risk-assessment  insurance  massive_data_sets  cloud_computing  personal_finance  derivatives  human_capital  hedging  risk-management  VaR  personal_data  personal_beta  quantified_self  risks  demographic_information 
june 2010
The Responsible Manager
January-February 2010 | Harvard Business Review | by C.K. Prahalad
C.K._Prahalad  HBR  leadership  managers  responsibility 
june 2010
Beyond Eureka
October 9, 2009| BusinessWeek | By Amy Barrett. Looking for a
great business idea? These five steps will take you from blank slate to
booming. Step 1: Set The Stage; Step 2: Let the Ideas Fly; Step 3:
Picking a Winner; Step 4: Feasibility; Step 5: The Prototype.
ideas  idea_generation  brainstorming  entrepreneur 
june 2010
Doing More Business in the World's Poorest Places
June 15, 2010 | BusinessWeek | By Karen E. Klein. As
technology upends tired notions of 3rd World entrepreneurship, says
Marty Anderson, Westerners will find competitors, partners, and workers.
Marty is a lecturer at Babson College, and devoted the 1st part of his
career to corporate turnarounds and supply chain mgmt. In the course of
his travels, he's begun documenting what he calls "innovation at the
edge of electricity." Implications in all this for the U.S. and the
West in general? " Our companies are a tiny slice at the top of the
world's economic chain. Probably 80 % to 90 % of global economic
activity is conducted by small family businesses using cash-flow
business models, not equity. P2P and villager-to-villager microlending
is the dominant form of financing in the world. If you drop modern
electronics into that environment, without regulatory restrictions, all
the family businesses in the world can start cracking genomes or doing
music distribution or publishing.
3rdWorld  entrepreneurship  Bottom_of_the_Pyramid 
june 2010
Apple's Startup Culture
June 14, 2010 | BusinessWeek | By Nilofer Merchant. Steve
Jobs' description of Apple's culture as that of a startup gives an
important insight into the company's ongoing success.
organizational_culture  leadership  innovation  Apple  Steve_Jobs 
june 2010
Bridging the Gap Between Fathers, Adult Daughters
JUNE 15, 2010 | WSJ.com | By ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN. Finding Dad's Softer Side.
fatherhood  relationships  masculinity  daughters 
june 2010
why most artist’s blogs fail
June 14, 2010 | gapingvoid | Hugh MacLeod.But the reality is,
most people are not reading your blog because they have an inherent love
for purple dogs and green sofas. They’re reading your blog because THE
PERSON YOU ARE inspires them. They’re not reading your blog because
they’re thinking of buying your paintings, they’re reading your blog
because the way you approach your work inspires them. It sets an example
for them. It stands for something that resonates with them. IT LEADS
THEM TO SOMEWHERE THAT THEY ALSO WANT TO GO.

And if your blog can do that, suddenly your readers are associating
purple dogs and green sofas with something that ACTUALLY matters to
them. And then, and only then, do they pull their credit cards out.
Ker-chiing.
failure  blogging  art  blog  humour  marketing  business  inspiration  social_media  authenticity 
june 2010
Canadians should dare to be networked
Jun. 12, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Editorial.

Canada needs to decide how it wants to act on the world stage. It could aspire to be "the most global and the networked country in the world." This idea is attractive, but foreign policy begins at home - not all Canadians are ready to be global, and they may well bristle at some of the policies such a course suggests.

The advice comes from a new report, "Open Canada", by the Canadian International Council's GPS Project. It advocates "prosperity, peace and cohesion" as the three overarching Canadian national interests, and laments that Canadians too often "prefer the gauzy candescence of 'values discussions' to the hard reality of producing a more prosperous and secure future."
networks  Canada  Canadian  values  geopolitics  globalization  foreign_policy  Asian  China  think_threes  national_identity  world_stage 
june 2010
The new heavyweight champions
June 12, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Margaret Wente. 30 yrs.
ago, most of these men handily out-earned their wives. But the situation
has reversed. Could this be the future? Very likely. At every age and
income level, women are more likely than ever before to be the major or
sole breadwinner in the family...The modern, postindustrial economy
rewards people with a high degree of emotional intelligence who can
navigate complex social networks. It rewards people who are flexible,
adaptable and co-operative, who have good verbal skills, and who can
work diligently, sit still and focus long enough to get the credentials
they need to land a job. Women tend to be better at these things than
men. They’re also good at all the gender-neutral stuff, such as sales
and analytical skills. Meantime, as muscle jobs vanish, men are showing
little or no interest in becoming dental hygienists, kindergarten
teachers or anything else that requires a high degree of people skills
and nurturing.
women  workplaces  gender_gap  Margaret_Wente  life_skills  people_skills  EQ  emotional_intelligence 
june 2010
Force, fear keep Iran together
Jun. 12, 2010 | - The Globe and Mail | Doug Saunders.
Iran  Ahmadinejad  Doug_Saunders  Revolutionary_Guards 
june 2010
Toronto's worst intersection?
Jun. 14, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | John Lorinc.
Toronto  John_Lorinc  bicycles  traffic_congestion 
june 2010
The Regulation Crisis: A failure of economic and environmental regulation
June 14, 2010 | The New Yorker | by James Surowiecki.
As Carpenter argues in a recent essay, successful regulation, by filling
information gaps and managing risk, fosters confidence in the safety
and honesty of markets, which in turn makes them bigger and more robust.
The pharmaceutical industry, for instance, would be much smaller if
people were seriously worried that they might be poisoned every time
they took a new drug. And though executives chafe at financial
regulation, the protection it provides makes investors far more likely
to hand them money to play with. If we want our regulators to do better,
we have to embrace a simple idea: regulation isn’t an obstacle to
thriving free markets; it’s a vital part of them.
BP  confidence  consumer_protection  economics  environment  financial_regulation  free_markets  information_gaps  investors  James_Surowiecki  oil_spills  pharmaceutical_industry  politics  regulation  regulators  SEC 
june 2010
As Shopping Via Smartphone Catches On, Retailers Answer the Call - WSJ.com
JUNE 11, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By DANA MATTIOLI. As
More Consumers Shop via Mobile Devices, Stores Tailor Sites to Make
Viewing, Ordering Easier.
smartphones  retailers  mobile_e-commerce  mobile_applications 
june 2010
Lamar Alexander: An Energy Strategy for Grown-Ups - WSJ.com
JUNE 11, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By LAMAR ALEXANDER
energy  policy  strategy 
june 2010
Learning to Love Hedge Funds - WSJ.com
JUNE 12, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By SEBASTIAN MALLABY.
Mr. Jones's hedge fund, like most later hedge funds, embraced four
features. To begin with, there was a performance fee. Mr. Jones's
second distinguishing feature was a conscious avoidance of regulation.
Thirdly, Mr. Jones embraced short selling. By insulating his fund from
market swings, Mr. Jones cleared the way for his fourth distinctive
practice, which was later to become the most controversial one. Because
he had hedged out market risk, he felt free to embrace more
stock-specific risk, and so he magnified, or "leveraged," his bets with
borrowed money.
hedge_funds  financial_history  scuttlebutt  short_selling  Wall_Street  market_risk 
june 2010
Failure to tap into immigrants' skills costs billions
Jun. 11, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Anna Mehler Paperny
immigration  Canada  Toronto  immigrants 
june 2010
Minorities still under-represented in the workplace, study shows
Jun. 11, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Anna Mehler Paperny.
“What gets measured, gets noticed,” said Wendy Cukier, one of the
report’s authors and founder of Ryerson University’s Diversity
Institute.
visible_minorities  under-representation  workplaces  public_sector 
june 2010
Mainland China pours wealth into B.C. housing
Jun. 11, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | by Steve Ladurantaye in Toronto and Kerry Gold in Vancouver
China  Chinese  high_net_worth  real_estate  Vancouver  Steve_Ladurantaye 
june 2010
Muhammad gets a makeover
Jun. 11, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Simon Houpt Marketing Reporter.
islam  religion  branding  Simon_Houpt 
june 2010
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