Scared Of Failing? Ask Yourself These 6 Fear-Killing Questions

Scared Of Failing? Ask Yourself These 6 Fear-Killing Questions



[Editor’s note: The following is the first in a three-part series of posts adapted from Warren Berger’s new book, A More Beautiful Question(Bloomsbury), for which he spoke with top designers, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading creative thinkers to explore the art (and innovative potential) of asking the right questions.
Here’s a question: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Read more of this post

When You Evaluate a Fund Manager, Look Beyond Results

When You Evaluate a Fund Manager, Look Beyond Results


THIS Sunday will be five years to the day since the low point for the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-index during the Great Recession. Since bottoming out on March 9, 2009, at 676.53, the index has risen some 170 percent. Read more of this post

The once and future currency: A new book examines the world’s love-hate relationship with the dollar

The once and future currency: A new book examines the world’s love-hate relationship with the dollar

Mar 8th 2014 | From the print edition


“LUMPY, unpredictable, potentially large”: that was how Tim Geithner, then head of the New York Federal Reserve, described the need for dollars in emerging economies in the dark days of October 2008, according to transcripts of a Fed meeting released last month. To help smooth out those lumps, the Fed offered to “swap” currencies with four favoured central banks, as far off as South Korea and Singapore. They could exchange their own money for dollars at the prevailing exchange rate (on condition that they later swap them back again at the same rate). Why did the Fed decide to reach so far beyond its shores? It worried that stress in a financially connected emerging economy could eventually hurt America. But Mr Geithner also hinted at another motive. “The privilege of being the reserve currency of the world comes with some burdens,” he said. Read more of this post

The brains of the party: As the task of governing China has become more complex, so too has the question of how ideas filter to the top

Chinese politics

The brains of the party

Mar 10th 2014, 2:34 by G.E. | BEIJING

FEW people have heard of the journalInternal Reference of Ideology and Theory. It is published in such secrecy by the Central Party School in Beijing that only several dozen people read it. They just happen to be the most powerful people in China. Nicknamed the “express train”, it is one of a few vehicles trusted to carry ideas directly to the desks of President Xi Jinping and his colleagues on the Politburo. Read more of this post

Has Listening Become a Lost Art?

Has Listening Become a Lost Art?

by James Heskett | Mar 10, 2014

Managers may have ears, but do they use them? Jim Heskett’s readers offer opinions on why listening might be a lost art.

When Is Listening Not a Good Strategy?
Like a good case debate, the discussion of the question of whether listening is a lost art was not one-sided. What was clear was how important people felt listening is to effective leadership.  Read more of this post

Barely Stearns in China

Barely Stearns in China

David Keohane | Mar 10 08:06 | 1 comment Share

Texas sharpshooter and a China analyst walk into a bar…

Last week’s default of little Chaori 11, China’s first onshore corporate default, brought with it some analyst hyperbole which has been rightly called out. Leaving aside for a moment this was BofAML’s second Bear Stearns call this year, their point was that Chaori 11 would be the moment that the market started to seriously re-assess financial risk in China. So far, not so much. Read more of this post

Google Has Destroyed Microsoft’s Business Model

Google Has Destroyed Microsoft’s Business Model

By Sam Mattera | More Articles
March 6, 2014 | Comments (22)

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) has long been dependent on selling software — its business centered around charging licensing fees for the Windows operating system and the Office software suite. But thanks to Google (NASDAQ: GOOG  ) , those days are coming to an end. Read more of this post

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