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Brazil’s latest export: farmers | beyondbrics | News and views on emerging markets from the Financial Times – FT.com
August 26, 2011 10:06 pm by Iona Teixeira Stevens

From Mozambique’s point of view, the reason for the exercise is pretty simple. The plan aims to “increase agriculture productivity” the country’s ambassador in Brazil, Murade Murargy, said recently on a Brazilian television program....
Brazil  agriculture  farming  farmland  Mozambique  value_creation  productivity 
january 2012
Republican Attacks Have Racist Undertones - NYTimes.com
January 3, 2012, 5:36 pm
Nobody Likes to Talk About It, but It’s There
By ANDREW ROSENTHAL
Obama  Birthers  Mitt_Romney  Newt_Gingrich  Campaign_2012  racism  dog_whistles  race-baiting  bigotry 
january 2012
Charlie Rose's Interview with Ray Dalio
October 20, 2011 | Charlie Rose Show | with Ray Dalio.

CHARLIE ROSE: And you always make a point that you know what you don`t know and that`s equally valuable.

RAY DALIO: More valuable. I want to say that -- so this is the whole philosophy. I -- I so, know that I can be wrong; and look, we all should recognize that we can be wrong. And if we recognize that we`re wrong and we worry about being wrong than what we should do is have a thoughtful dialogue....RAY DALIO: So the way I get to success. The way -- it`s not what I know. I`ve acquired some things that I know along the way and they`re helpful.

(CROSSTALK)

CHARLIE ROSE: It is -- it is -- it`s not what you know but it is --

(CROSSTALK)

RAY DALIO: It`s knowing what I don`t know or worrying that I won`t -- that I`ll be wrong that makes me find --

CHARLIE ROSE: Yes.

RAY DALIO: Well, I want people to criticize my point of view -- I want to hold down.

CHARLIE ROSE: Right.

RAY DALIO: Say I have a -- I think this but I may be wrong. And if you can attack what I`m saying -- in other words stress test what I`m saying -- I`ll learn....CHARLIE ROSE: And you have not been precise, and your assumptions are flawed.

RAY DALIO: Oh it`s so essential, right. There`s -- the -- the number one principle at our place is that if something doesn`t make sense to you, you have the right to explore it, to see if it makes sense.

I don`t want people around who do things that they don`t -- they don`t think makes sense because I`m going to have not-thinking people.

(CROSSTALK)

CHARLIE ROSE: Right.

RAY DALIO: So that they have not only the right, they have obligation. Don`t walk away thinking something`s wrong.

CHARLIE ROSE: Failure teaches you more than success?

RAY DALIO: Of course. One of my favorite books is "Einstein`s Mistakes."

CHARLIE ROSE: Right. And because it showed you that even Einstein, the most brilliant person of the century in common judgment made mistakes?

RAY DALIO: The great fallacy of all -- I think of all of mankind practically -- I mean that`s a big statement -- but the great fallacy is that people know more than what they do and there`s a discovery process and so when you look at -- that`s the process for learning.

The process for learning is to say "I don`t know." Like, I`m -- I`m totally comfortable being incompetent. If I -- if I -- I like being incompetent. I don`t mind being an incompetent. If I don`t -- how -- how much can you be competent about?

And so that whole notion of do you like learning? Do you like finding out what`s true and building on it without an ego? And that becomes the problem. How many statements do you listen to people that begin "I think this, I think that," where they should be asking "I wonder."
Ray_Dalio  interviews  truth-clarity  philanthropy  stress-tests  Charlie_Rose  truth-telling  Bridgewater  hedge_funds  deleveraging  organizational_culture  economics  unknowns  pretense_of_knowledge  Albert_Einstein  mistakes 
january 2012
EINSTEIN'S MISTAKES | Hans C. Ohanian
Although Einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his groundbreaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious errors in mathematics to bad misconceptions in physics and failures to grasp the subtleties of his own creations. This forensic biography dissects Einstein’s scientific mistakes and places them in the context of his turbulent life and times. In lively, accessible prose, Hans C. Ohanian paints a fresh, insightful portrait of the real Einstein at work, in contrast to the uncritical celebrity worship found in many biographies.

Of the approximately 180 original scientific papers that Einstein published in his lifetime, about 40 are infested with mistakes. For instance, Einstein’s first mathematical proof of the famous formula E = mc2 was incomplete and only approximately valid; he struggled with this problem for many years, but he never found a complete proof (better mathematicians did). Einstein was often lured by irrational and mystical inspirations, but his extraordinary intuition about physics permitted him to discover profound truths despite—and sometimes because of—the mistakes he made along the way. He was a sleepwalker: his intuition told him where he needed to go, and he somehow managed to get there without quite knowing how.

As this book persuasively argues, the defining hallmark of Einstein’s genius was not any special mathematical ability but an uncanny talent to use his mistakes as stepping stones to formulate his revolutionary theories.
Albert_Einstein  books  book_reviews  Bridgewater  groundbreaking  hedge_funds  mistakes  Ray_Dalio 
january 2012
For PCs, Hope in a Slim Profile - WSJ.com
JANUARY 3, 2012 | WSJ | By IAN SHERR And SHARA TIBKEN.

For PCs, Hope in Slim Profile
Thin 'Ultrabook' Laptops Pose Stylish Challenge to MacBook Air at Lower Prices
laptops 
january 2012
How pizza delivers innovation - The Globe and Mail
Jan. 03, 2012 |Globe and Mail | by Todd Hirsch

Argues that as unemployment benefits expire, there aren’t too many jobs available, so very low-skill, unappealing jobs – pizza delivery, gas station attendant, etc. – will be reconsidered. Skilled Americans accustomed to much higher wages will find themselves accepting these low-paying jobs. On the surface, that’s bad news. What a waste of education and skill!

But within the husk of this sad state of underemployment lie the seeds of a whole new wave of innovation and creativity. Smart workers who find themselves in these menial jobs will say, “I could do better” or “I can do this differently” or “I have an idea that will revolutionize pizza delivery.” New businesses will be created, many of them improving on the old business models that dominated the pre-Internet age.

This is how economic innovation works. Clever people come up with ideas, which turn into business ventures, which then turn into the economic drivers of tomorrow.
innovation  unemployment  creativity  reinvention  low_skilled  business_models  smart_people  menial  new_businesses  Todd_Hirsch  underemployment  dissatisfaction  ideas  bad_news 
january 2012
Leaders: Poking goes public
Nov 17th 2011 | The Economist | Martin Giles
Facebook  IPOs 
january 2012
Bright Ideas: Biggest Innovations of 2011 - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 30, 2011 | WSJ | Assorted.

Bright Ideas: Innovation in 2011
ideas  innovation  best_of 
january 2012
Nicholas Carr on E-Books - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011 |WSJ | By NICHOLAS CARR

Books That Are Never Done Being Written
Digital text is ushering in an era of perpetual revision and updating, for better and for worse.

As electronic books push paper ones aside, movable type seems fated to be replaced by movable text.

That's an attractive development in many ways. It makes it easy for writers to correct errors and update facts. Guidebooks will no longer send travelers to restaurants that have closed or to once charming inns that have turned into fleabags. The instructions in manuals will always be accurate. Reference books need never go out of date.

Even literary authors will be tempted to keep their works fresh. Historians and biographers will be able to revise their narratives to account for recent events or newly discovered documents. Polemicists will be able to bolster their arguments with new evidence. Novelists will be able to scrub away the little anachronisms that can make even a recently published story feel dated.

But as is often the case with digitization, the boon carries a bane. The ability to alter the contents of a book will be easy to abuse. School boards may come to exert even greater influence over what students read. They'll be able to edit textbooks that don't fit with local biases. Authoritarian governments will be able to tweak books to suit their political interests. And the edits can ripple backward. Because e-readers connect to the Internet, the works they contain can be revised remotely, just as software programs are updated today. Movable text makes a lousy preservative.

Such abuses can be prevented through laws and software protocols. What may be more insidious is the pressure to fiddle with books for commercial reasons. Because e-readers gather enormously detailed information on the way people read, publishers may soon be awash in market research. They'll know how quickly readers progress through different chapters, when they skip pages, and when they abandon a book.
Nicholas_Carr  e-books  digital_media  shortcomings  protocols  unintended_consequences  abuses  digitalization  market_research  publishing  dark_side 
january 2012
How to Build Your Financial Dream Team - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011

How to Build Your Financial Dream Team

By KAREN BLUMENTHAL
financial_advisors  howto  teams  financial_planning 
january 2012
Changed by Iraq, Military Asks What Will Stick - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011 | WSJ | By JULIAN E. BARNES.

Ten years ago, the U.S. military was firmly under the control of the generals. It was steeply hierarchical, slow to evolve and squarely focused on "big wars" between armies of opposing nations.

A decade of painstaking, often painful lessons resulted in a military that is in many way fleeter and more adaptable. It is also flatter: The generals are still in charge, but Iraq and Afghanistan showed that independent thinking by low-level captains and lieutenants is also critical to success. .......But the two wars have also helped push the military strategy from a playbook of offense and defense, to one that includes a third class of operations—strategies that include so-called counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, aimed at maintaining stability for populations in often-hostile zones and turning potential enemies into allies........some officers to fear some of the counterinsurgency skills honed in Iraq will be lost—including running detainee operations, conducting interrogations and collecting intelligence with aerial drones, areas of high expertise that support efforts to cripple insurgent networks and head off spectacular attacks.

Others worry that the skills learned through hard years of fighting—how to react quickly to ambushes and spot IEDs before they explode—will fade. The military remade its training centers to teach such skills, but instilling the knowledge into the next generation of soldiers will require retaining senior non-commissioned officers who spent the most time hunting insurgents in Iraq.
lessons_learned  U.S._military  Iraq  Afghanistan  counterterrorism  counterinsurgency  playbooks 
january 2012
The Weekend Interview with Jalen Rose: From the Fab Five to the Three Rs - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011 | WSJ | By STEPHEN MOORE.
From the Fab Five to the Three Rs
After 20 years of basketball fame and fortune, Jalen Rose returns home to Detroit to promote school reform and parental choice.
Detroit  charter_schools  basketball  NBA 
december 2011
The Quick-and-Easy Gourmet Bloody Mary - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011 | WSJ | by KEVIN SINTUMUANG.
There Will Be Bloodies
With pre-made mixes and booze upgrades, whipping up the fortifying morning cocktail takes just a pour and a stir
liquor  recipes  drinks 
december 2011
Apple to unveil two versions of next-generation iPad in January, sources claim
Yenting Chen and Ingrid Lee, Taipei; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES [Thursday 29 December 2011]
ipad  Apple  product_development 
december 2011
Driving Home Your Awards Program
February 2001| HR Magazine |By Martha Frase-Blunt
Brian_Makse  automobile  rewards 
december 2011
Corporate incentives
Corporate incentives
Quilter, James. Marketing (Mar 9, 2011): 31-32,35.
Brian_Makse  ProQuest 
december 2011
Infotrac Newsstand - Document
Time to stand up to the crisis junkies
Author(s): Philip Delves Broughton
Source: The Financial Times. (Sept. 6, 2011): News: p14
crisis  crisis_management  Philip_Delves_Broughton 
december 2011
8 Things You Can Do To Evolve Your Career - Business Insider
Shira Levine|December 03, 2011|
There's no such thing as a second career.

We only have evolving careers, says marketing expert James Marshall Reilly. Reilly wrote Shake the World: It's Not About Finding a Job, It's About Creating a Life. The book tackles the job market, social entrepreneurship and philanthro-capitalism, and will be released in late December....Reilly's book talks to the "young game-changers" of this generation and seeks to discover how they found success. By game-changers, he means entrepreneurs, both business and social. There are no Young Turk investment bankers, politicians or cancer doctors in his book. These are people who design iPod covers, magazine publishers, serial technology entrepreneurs and the founders of innovative non-profits. There is not a Rotary Club membership between them.
book_reviews  books  start_ups  career_paths  career  Managing_Your_Career  reinvention  new_graduates  millennials  entrepreneurship  game_changers 
december 2011
15 T Shirt Business Pitfalls
15 T Shirt Business Pitfalls

November 14, 2008 | Written by Gino | Category: T Shirt Business
T-shirts 
december 2011
Beijing Launches GPS Rival - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 28, 2011

Beijing Launches Its Own GPS Rival

By JEREMY PAGE
China  China_rising  GPS  U.S._Navy  Taiwan 
december 2011
Bacteria 1, F.D.A.: 0 - NYTimes.com
December 27, 2011, 9:00 pm
Bacteria 1, F.D.A.: 0
By MARK BITTMAN
product_recalls  FDA  bacteria  antibiotics  Mark_Bittman 
december 2011
Videos: News & Business Videos -
Dec. 21, 2011 | Bloomberg Businessweek | by Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at Duke University's Center for Entrepreneurship, discusses the start-up technology industry. He talks with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." Emily Chang also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)
Second_Acts  baby_boomers  web_video  entrepreneurship  retirement  start_ups  innovation  stereotypes  Vivek_Wadhwa 
december 2011
The Military Mind’s Take on Civilian Flights - NYTimes.com
By DAVE ALBERGA
Published: December 26, 2011

My wife and I got into a habit several years ago of handing out gift cards for coffee shops or restaurants to homeless people.

Now I always carry some coffee shop gift cards and give them to people I think have provided great customer service. I’ve given some to people at the airline counter who have spent a lot of time and effort trying to reroute a flight, or even if they just spend an extra few minutes making sure there isn’t a flight that can get me to a place earlier. A $5 or $10 gift card for a cup of coffee and some snacks isn’t going to break me, and it makes someone else feel appreciated. Everyone is in such a hurry, we spend too little time trying to be nice to one another.
gratitude  gift_ideas 
december 2011
Bankrupt Restaurants Are Still Holding On - NYTimes.com
By WILLIAM NEUMAN
Published: December 27, 2011

Consumers, who have generally cut back on the number of meals out since the recession began, are benefiting from the proliferation of zombies. Healthy and failing restaurants alike have been forced to discount relentlessly to lure diners. But for the restaurants, particularly small independent operators, the competition from the undead is a nightmare that just won’t end.

The hard times for restaurants began in 2008, as the recession and staggering unemployment forced Americans to cut back on dining out. During the 12-month period ending in August, the average American ate or got takeout at restaurants 195 times, down from 208 times in 2008, according to Harry Balzer, the chief food industry analyst for the NPD Group.
restaurants  bankruptcies  franchising  under-performing  oversupply  hard_times 
december 2011
Colon Cancer Advances Show Black-White Divide - NYTimes.com
December 27, 2011, 11:48 am
Colon Cancer Advances Show Black-White Divide
By ANAHAD O'CONNOR
colons  colorectal  cancers  achievement_gaps  racial_disparities 
december 2011
Plus ça change in North Korea - The Globe and Mail
derek burney
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011
North_Korea  succession  Derek_Burney 
december 2011
At Time Inc., a Leader to Help It Fit the New Digital Order - NYTimes.com
By DAVID CARR
December 4, 2011

Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the United States, would be run by Laura Lang, who was the chief executive of the digital advertising agency Digitas....Time Inc., the home of Olympian brands like Time, People and Fortune, will be run by an executive who would not know a print run from a can of green beans....it would have been unthinkable that a large consumer magazine group would be run by someone with plenty of experience buying ads for clients, but with no experience selling them. But Ms. Lang knows other things that could come in handy, including how to use multimedia and social media to increase reader engagement in a way magazines rarely achieve....What magazines have not been able to do is to provide reliable measures of effectiveness....It isn’t a reach to bet that Ms. Lang will help magazine publishers be a part of a media age built on metrics.
David_Carr  CEOs  women  TIME_Inc.  Time_Warner  digital_media  magazines  advertising_agencies  Publicis 
december 2011
For Start-Ups, Sorting the Data Cloud Is the Next Big Thing - NYTimes.com
By MALIA WOLLAN
Published: December 25, 2011

Splunk, a San Francisco-based start-up whose software indexes vast quantities of machine-generated data into searchable links. Companies search those links, as one searches Google, to analyze customer behavior in real time....Splunk is among a crop of enterprise software start-up companies that analyze big data and are establishing themselves in territory long controlled by giant business-technology vendors like Oracle and I.B.M....“Big software is sold on the golf course, not sold to the people who actually use it,”
massive_data_sets  cloud_computing  start_ups  unstructured_data  sorting  Industrial_Internet  Splunk  data_driven  data_mining  cheap_revolution 
december 2011
Why Intelligence and Policymakers Clash
Summer 2010 | POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY
Volume 125 · Number 2 | by ROBERT JERVIS
security_&_intelligence  spymasters  policymakers  policymaking 
december 2011
Leadership Lessons From the Shackleton Expedition - NYTimes.com
By NANCY F. KOEHN
Published: December 24, 2011

Consider just a handful of recent events: the financial crisis of 2008; the gulf oil spill of 2010; and the Japanese nuclear disaster, the debt-ceiling debacle and euro crisis this year. Constant turbulence seems to be the new normal, and effective leadership is crucial in containing it.

Real leaders, wrote the novelist David Foster Wallace, are people who “help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.”

Shackleton exemplified this kind of leadership for almost two years on the ice. What can we learn from his actions?...Shackleton begun the voyage with a mission of exploration, but it quickly became a mission of survival.

This capacity is vital in our own time, when leaders must often change course midstream — jettisoning earlier standards of success and redefining their purposes and plans.
uncertainty  unpredictability  leadership  expeditions  explorers  historians  lessons_learned  pivots  turbulence  constant_change  leaders  human_frailties  course_correction  arduous  Antartica  South_Pole  Ernest_Shackleton  new_normal 
december 2011
Agriculture Focus
Agriculture Focus
December 16, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under Editorial.

The initiative identifies several critical elements that must be confronted if agriculture is to deliver its potential to our economy. “These key elements are: agriculture is a business; agriculture is holistic, spanning the entire agri-product chain and with organic links to other productive sectors; the increasing importance of value-added food products and non-food products must be recognised; emphasis on national activities with sub-regional and regional activities included when they add value to national initiatives”.
Most importantly, ten constraints to agricultural development were identified. These were: limited financing and inadequate levels of new investments; outdated and inefficient Agricultural Health and Food Safety (AHFS) systems; inadequate research and development; a fragmented and disorganised private sector; weak land and water distribution and management systems; deficient and uncoordinated risk management measures; inadequate transportation systems, particularly for perishables; weak and non-Integrated information and intelligence systems; inadequate marketing arrangement and lack of skilled and quality human resources.
agriculture  Guyana  editorials  development  perishables  fragmentation  disorganization  challenges  farming  constraints  agribusiness  fresh_produce 
december 2011
Rules for the New Ways of Watching - David Carr - NYTimes.com
By DAVID CARR
Published: December 24, 2011

competition is storming out of every device and connection, and consumers have choices and leverage they never dreamed of. But network television continues to waltz along, attracting advertisers in big numbers. Cable had a great year, and media octopuses like Time Warner and News Corporation continue to find plenty of profits. Big media companies still rely on huge well-entrenched assets that include brands, distribution and capital....So-called virtual operators — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Google and Apple — have none of the legacy or infrastructure costs. Google has unleashed $100 million to seed new programming on YouTube, and Netflix is financing a series by the director David Fincher. That gaming device your children are playing with? That too is a network in the making. Traditional networks and cable providers have the content, but if they hold on too tight, they will miss out on vast new avenues of distribution and revenue.
digital_media  David_Carr  mashups  trends 
december 2011
How Harvard Shaped Mitt Romney - NYTimes.com
By JODI KANTOR
Published: December 24, 2011

“You have the same question as General Electric,” said Mr. Romney, then a young father and a management consultant. “Your resources are your time and talent. How are you going to deploy them?”

He drew a chart called a growth-share matrix with little circles to represent various pursuits: work, family, church. Investing time in work delivered tangible returns like raises and profits.

“Your children don’t pay any evidence of achievement for 20 years,” Mr. Romney said. But if students failed to invest sufficient time and energy in their spouses and children, their families could become “dogs” — consultant-speak for drags on the rest of the company — sucking energy, time and happiness out of the students....early four decades ago at Harvard, Mr. Romney embraced an analytical, nonideological way of thinking, say former classmates and professors, one that both matched his own instincts and helped him succeed....Every day for an hour, the all-male group — there were relatively few women in the program back then — sat at a semicircular table outside the classroom and briefed one another on the reading material....The case study method “doesn’t start with the theory or even principles,” said Kim B. Clark, a friend of Mr. Romney’s who later became dean of the school. “It starts with ‘All right, what is going on? What does the data tell us?’ ”

The cases did not even lay out questions. Students had to analyze the material, sometimes just a paragraph long, figure out the company’s problems and pose solutions. “The case study method is like trying to train doctors by just showing them [sick] patients, rather than by showing them textbooks to depict what a healthy patient should look like,” said Mr. Brownstein, the former classmate.
business_schools  case_studies  finite_resources  Harvard  HBS  J.D.-M.B.A.  marriage  MBAs  Mitt_Romney  parenting  problem_framing  quantified_self  questions  resource_allocation  work_life_balance 
december 2011
Jack Klugman, After Half a Century, Returning to 'Twelve Angry Men' - NYTimes.com
December 21, 2011, 4:46 pm
Jack Klugman, After Half a Century, Returning to ‘Twelve Angry Men’
By PATRICK HEALY
actors 
december 2011
Loblaw seeks to revive claim as foodie temple - The Globe and Mail
MARINA STRAUSS — RETAILING REPORTER
Includes correction
Published Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011
Loblaws  Marina_Strauss  retailers 
december 2011
Prime Minister reshaping the way Canada is governed
Dec. 23, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | jane taber.

The Prime Minister is beginning to reshape the way Canada is governed.

Those who have worked with Mr. Harper and are close to him are not surprised by his approach to federalism.

Tom Flanagan, the Prime Minister’s former mentor who is now a political science professor at the University of Calgary, sees Mr. Harper moving away from “executive federalism” – constant negotiations with the provinces – to a “more classical view” of federalism, in which constitutional jurisdictions are respected.

The first hint of that came this week with the take-it-or-leave-it health-care accord with the provinces.
Stephen_Harper  federalism 
december 2011
Tourtière
Dec. 20, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | Lucy Waverman
recipes  Lucy_Waverman  Tourtière  pork  Christmas  Quebec 
december 2011
Debbie's Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe
macaroni
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
1-1.5 cans Carnation Evaporated Milk
2 teaspoons regular mustard
1/2 white onion finely cubed
garlic
rosemary
bacon
breadcrumbs
recipes  Mac_&_Cheese 
december 2011
Going Out on Top
Fall 2007 | Report on [Small] Business | Nick Rockel
succession  exits  small_business  entrepreneur  family-owned_businesses 
december 2011
Iowa: The Harvard of Coaching - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 21, 2011 | Wall Street Journal | By JARED DIAMOND

Iowa: The Harvard of Coaching
How Hawkeye Great Hayden Fry Raised a Bumper Crop of Coaches; The 'Bell Cow' Theory.
football  Colleges_&_Universities  athletes_&_athletics  coaching  leadership  leadership_development 
december 2011
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