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The Great Deceleration: The most dramatic, and disruptive, period of emerging-market growth the world has ever seen is coming to its close

The Great Deceleration

The emerging-market slowdown is not the beginning of a bust. But it is a turning-point for the world economy

Jul 27th 2013 |From the print edition

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WHEN a champion sprinter falls short of his best speeds, it takes a while to determine whether he is temporarily on poor form or has permanently lost his edge. The same is true with emerging markets, the world economy’s 21st-century sprinters. After a decade of surging growth, in which they led a global boom and then helped pull the world economy forwards in the face of the financial crisis, the emerging giants have slowed sharply. Read more of this post

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9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

9 EASY-TO-STEAL HABITS OF THE SUPER SUCCESSFUL

WE WISH THERE WAS A HANDBOOK FOR SUCCESS, BUT THERE ISN’T. HERE’S THE NEXT BEST THING: A LIST OF WAYS YOU CAN REALIZE YOUR DREAMS–AND BE A MORE PRODUCTIVE PERSON IN THE PROCESS.

BY: MILES KOHRMAN

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Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple? But it isn’t. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, but we will do our best to steer you in the right direction. Here’s a list of helpful habits of some highly successful–and wildly productive–people to get your started. On your mark, get set, and… Read more of this post

Tile creates tiny, Bluetooth-connected devices you can affix to anything you don’t want to lose–like your keys, laptop, or luggage

DUDE, WHERE’S MY STUFF? HOW TILE APP COULD CREATE A NATIONAL LOST-AND-FOUND

TILE CREATES TINY, BLUETOOTH-CONNECTED DEVICES YOU CAN AFFIX TO ANYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO LOSE–LIKE YOUR KEYS, LAPTOP, OR LUGGAGE.

BY: CHRISTINA CHAEY

When Fast Company‘s assistant news editor Jessica Hullinger became the victim of a recent bike theft–shortly after she was gifted a brand-new bicycle–she had few options in terms of looking for it. Hullinger hadn’t registered the bike with the New York Police Department, so it had no identification number to track. She halfheartedly called some local bike shops and checked Craigslist for new “For Sale” listings in search of bicycles with descriptions that matched hers. But the bike had vanished. Read more of this post

Tower Crane Industry Awaits a Big Lift; Five Years After Commercial Construction Market’s Collapse, Utilization Rates and Sales Remain Soft

Updated July 25, 2013, 8:13 p.m. ET

Crane Industry Awaits a Big Lift

Five Years After Commercial Construction Market’s Collapse, Utilization Rates and Sales Remain Soft

BOB TITA

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For a glimpse of how the U.S. commercial construction market is faring, Morrow Equipment Co. is worth a good look. Five years after the construction market collapsed, about 250 cranes—or half of Morrow’s fleet—remain idle. The market “is improving this year, but is still at a very low rate compared with where it used to be in the boom time,” said Christian Chalupny, president of Morrow, which is the nation’s largest supplier of rented tower cranes based on fleet size. Read more of this post

10 Recipes for Better Thinking; How action-focused business leaders can sharpen their thinking skills

10 Recipes for Better Thinking

Jul 24, 2013

How action-focused business leaders can sharpen their thinking skills

The fact is, when you teach business, you have to know business. So it’s no surprise that some of the best professors are those with significant experience from the world of business. Yet, I’ve found some significant distinctions between academia and practitioners. For example, while a professor relies heavily on concepts and theories and prefers to maintain neutrality, a businessperson favors taking action, relying on “what worked before,” and is unafraid to take a stance. Additionally, a professor focuses on a single discipline and appreciates diversity of thought, but a businessperson is required to respond to a variety of stimuli and is pressured to make quick decisions. In other words, a professor is required to think more than he or she acts, while a businessperson is expected to act far more than he or she thinks. Though the expectations and methods of reasoning may differ between these two worlds, their styles of thinking are not contrary to one another. In fact, combining elements of both styles of thinking actually prove quite beneficial for a businessperson. As such, I’ve discovered through my experience in both academics and business, ten strategies that can sharpen the thinking of business leaders, equipping them to make smarter, more informed decisions in their fast-paced environment.  Read more of this post

Change is the giant spotlight that can illuminate a corporation’s blemishes and betray its secrets, but the friction of which is also kinetic, its heat ready to ignite a magnificent oeuvre and to liberate talent

Departures, and what they mean

BY FRITZ NELSON 
ON JULY 25, 2013

I don’t believe much in soul mates, at least where corporations and executive leadership are concerned. I believe in calculated choices and fortuitous timing, in harmonious teams, in achievable but auspicious goals, articulated with inspirational verve and backed by unmitigated, obstinate will. New leaders emerge. Old ones leave to pursue the next dream, or get kicked out, sometimes for no good reason at all. Read more of this post

Would a family business by any other name be as profitable?

WOULD A FAMILY BUSINESS BY ANY OTHER NAME BE AS PROFITABLE?

ARTICLE | 25 JULY, 2013 03:42 PM | BY RHYMER RIGBY

Earlier this year the French luxury group Pinault-Printemps-Redoute changed its name to Kering. In doing so, it took big step – it shed the family name. The decision to do so was taken by the chairman and CEO, Francois-Henri Pinault, who is the son of the business’s founder (the Printemps and Redoute are from various takeovers). Pinault cited perfectly sound business reasons for the rebranding – chief among them that only 5% of the group’s sales now come from France. Nonetheless, this is a Rubicon many family businesses would struggle to cross. Read more of this post

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