A formula for spotting tycoons is a holy grail; Business leaders share many characteristics but defy attempts to be categorised

January 21, 2014 3:10 pm

A formula for spotting tycoons is a holy grail

By Luke Johnson

Business leaders share many characteristics but defy attempts to be categorised

Whenever I am on a public panel, I am asked one question more than any other: what is the magic that creates an outstanding entrepreneur? This week Gallup unveiled some of the findings from new research into this question. It has spent a decade on the project, called the Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder, andinterviewed more than 5,000 people. While the full results will be published this year, it says it has identified 10 key innate traits that highly successful entrepreneurs possess and labelled them like this: business focus, confidence, creative thinker, delegator, determination, independent, knowledge-seeker, promoter, relationship-builder and risk-taker. Read more of this post

China’s Epic Offshore Wealth Revealed: How Chinese Oligarchs Quietly Parked Up To $4 Trillion In The Caribbean

China’s Epic Offshore Wealth Revealed: How Chinese Oligarchs Quietly Parked Up To $4 Trillion In The Caribbean

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/21/2014 20:02 -0500


The last time the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists made a splash in the financial media was in April of last year year when it disclosed a trove of secret documents revealing a massive treasury of offshore wealth parked away from taxation-happy host governments. The context was clear: in the aftermath of the Cyprus deposit confiscation, public opinion had to turn against those who were exploiting offshore tax loophole in order to avoid a panic that the same “bail in” could happen to the common man. Read more of this post

11 Extremely Successful People Share Their Best Productivity Hacks: Skillful delegation is the most powerful productivity hack. Figure out the reason you’re procrastinating. You get the most work done when everyone else is sleeping

11 Extremely Successful People Share Their Best Productivity Hacks


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Most of us have had those days when we’ve come in to work, been confronted by a massive to-do list, and had no idea how to get it all accomplished. For people running large organizations, that can be the case nearly every day. Many manage the chaos with a variety of techniques and hacks that increase their effectiveness and reduce their workloads. LinkedIn asked more than 60 of its influencers to share the best productivity hack they’ve developed. We’ve broken out a few of our favorites. Read more of this post

12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast


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A man walks his dog in the early morning hours in Poland.

“If it has to happen, then it has to happen first,” writes Laura Vanderkam, time management expert and author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.” Read more of this post

The Prisoner of Stress; What does anxiety mean?


What does anxiety mean?

by Louis MenandJANUARY 27, 2014

Scott Stossel has tried almost every treatment available for his anxiety, from drugs to yoga. Nothing has worked. Illustration by Miguel Gallardo.

People don’t ordinarily self-medicate by writing a book, but “My Age of Anxiety” (Knopf) is an attempt at recovery by a man whom modern psychiatry has failed. The man is Scott Stossel, a successful journalist (he is currently the editor of The Atlantic), now in his forties, who has suffered all his life from an acute anxiety disorder. When he was a child, he had terrible separation anxiety; as he grew up, he acquired phobias about public speaking, flying, fainting, heights, closed spaces, germs, vomiting, and cheese. Many people have an aversion to those things (cheese excepted), and, given the option, go out of their way to avoid them. But, faced with the prospect of a plane trip or a speaking engagement or sometimes even a squash match or a meeting at the office, Stossel experiences full-blown panic: insomnia, sweating, vertigo, stomach pains, and loss of control of his bowels. The sight of an unfamiliar pimple can send him down a bottomless chute of dread. He nearly passed out at his own wedding. Read more of this post

Buffett Leans on 29-Year-Old Tracy Cool to Oversee Problems; “Talented people can accomplish a whole lot. I’d rather have a relatively few that are really talented and that love what they’re doing and that are self-starters.”

Buffett Leans on 29-Year-Old Cool to Oversee Problems

When Warren Buffett bought half of a commercial mortgage finance company in 2009, he hired a 25-year-old fresh out of business school to keep tabs on the investment. Since then, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC has earned back most of the $217 million that his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) spent on the deal. The business also helped propel Tracy Britt Cool’s career. Read more of this post

Overseas business challenge: the quality of management

Overseas business challenge: the quality of management

Yanyong Thammatucharee January 22, 2014 1:00 am

For many companies, managing overseas businesses is a new challenge. But it is something that cannot be avoided if a business wants to grow outside the current marketplace. Besides quality products, good service, strong brands and capital, a company needs to acquire a good business-management system to be successful abroad. Read more of this post

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