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Henry Kissinger: ‘We are in a very, very grave period’ | Financial Times

It was not hard to entice Henry Kissinger to meet for lunch. Though he is 95, and moves very slowly, the grand <i>consigliere</i> of American diplomacy is …

Henry Kissinger

How U.S. Retail Giant Kroger Is Using AI And Robots To Prepare For The 4th Industrial Revolution

Kroger, one of America’s largest grocery chains, has decided to embrace technology to help it survive and thrive in the 4th industrial revolution. With 2,782 grocery stores under nearly two dozen names in 35 states, Kroger plans to leverage its data, shopper insights and scale to help it remain a …

Machine Learning

We should not let bad managers stick around | Financial Times

There are a lot of idiots around — just look at the front benches of the House of Commons. But why do the idiots reach such elevated positions?<p>Many …

Boris Johnson

How E.U. Is Getting Ready for Chaos in a Worst-Case Brexit

The Dutch government is hiring nearly 1,000 customs officials. Britain’s health agency is mulling how to ensure medicine supplies. Ireland is preparing border inspections for food shipments and even racehorses.<p>Call it contingency planning. Call it preparedness. Just try not to call it panic.<p>As …

European Union

What We've Learned from Creating an Advisory Board

Last year we decided to formalize an advisory board. Through the creation and implementation of this process, we’ve learned a lot. One of my friends in Entrepreneurs’ Organization had helped other companies put together advisory boards, so he was a great resource for learning how to find …

Entrepreneurship

Walmart CIO: We Picked Microsoft For Huge Cloud Deal To Accelerate Digital Transformation

<i>(Note: After an award-winning career in the media business covering the tech industry, Bob Evans was VP of Strategic Communications at SAP in 2011, and Chief Communications Officer at Oracle from 2012 to 2016. He now runs his own firm, Evans Strategic Communications LLC.)</i><p>CLOUD WARS — How does a …

Enterprise Tech

How to Build Trust When Working Across Borders

In countries like India, South Africa, Italy, and the United States, institutional trust is declining. People have less faith in businesses, governments, and the media. But this is not a global trend. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that China, the UAE, and Sweden are experiencing dramatic …

Leadership

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.<p>The European Union said Google's practices restrict …

Google Search

Why Is Walmart Abandoning the World’s Third Largest Economy?

The retailer plans to exit Japan after 16 tough years.<p><b>Walmart</b> (NYSE:WMT) could exit the Japanese market by selling its Seiyu stores according to a …

eCommerce

Canada's Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet Over Trade Concerns

OTTAWA—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday shook up his cabinet to prioritize trade diversification, signaling Canada’s growing unease about U.S. trade policy just as it faces further tariff threats from the U.S.<p>On Wednesday the U.S. Commerce Department launched a probe on whether …

Canada

Keep Politics Out of the Boardroom

Even in democratic governments constrained by constitutional limits, the interests of the governed and the governors don’t align well. Government is inefficient by its very nature, spending other people’s money and subject to the leeching effects of special interests. Corporate governance, in …

Finance

Europe's Google Decision Brings New Calls for U.S. Action

Europe’s latest move to rein in Google puts pressure on U.S. regulators and lawmakers to curb the power of the Silicon Valley giant—a step they have thus far been reluctant to take.<p>The European Union slapped Google parent Alphabet Inc. with a $5 billion fine for abusing the dominance of its Android …

Antitrust Laws

Canada's Trudeau, facing criticism, appoints border security minister

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday appointed a minister responsible for border-crossing asylum seekers, tens of thousands of whom have walked across the border since early 2017, as his government comes under fire for not taking the issue seriously.<p>As part of a …

Border Security

Trump says U.S. may pursue separate trade deal with Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States may hammer out a trade deal with Mexico, and then do a separate one with Canada later, sowing fresh doubts about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).<p>"We have had very good sessions with …

Donald Trump

Canada PM shuffles Cabinet, seeks to reduce reliance on U.S.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday ahead of a challenging 2019 election, stressing the need to diversify trade away from the United States while leaving key ministers in place.<p>Polls show the ruling Liberals are facing an increasing threat …

Canada

Android Antitrust Decision Threatens to Shake Mobile Industry, Google Business Model

Google is ordered to stop bundling its Search and Chrome apps on certain devices<p>When the first Android phone went on sale a decade ago, Google made a bet: Its free operating system would hook smartphone makers, allowing it to disseminate apps and bolster its online ad business in the emerging era …

Android Phones

Forget the sex, Google’s quest for AI is its main goal | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

An upcoming book is getting some media attention for including an unflattering characterisation of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. But there’s a lot …

Artificial Intelligence

Google Fined Record $5 Billion by EU, Given 90 Days to Stop ‘Illegal Practices’

Google was fined 4.3 billion euros ($5 billion) by the European Union and ordered to change the way it puts search and web browser apps on Android …

Google Search

Microsoft Just Scored a Huge Cloud Win Against Amazon

Walmart is partnering with the software giant to power its cloud computing operations.<p>Retail giant <b>Walmart</b> (NYSE:WMT) announced a major partnership …

Investing

What's Stopping Human Performance Technology From Reaching Perfection? Humans.

No matter how good the technology around human performance and health gets, it will never be able to shake that one annoying factor that’s holding it …

Mount Everest

CEO power and firm performance under pressure. - Free Online Library

Are powerful chief executive officers (CEOs) more effective in responding to pressure from the economic environment? Concentrating decision-making …

CEOs

Ann Hopkins, Who Struck an Early Blow to the Glass Ceiling, Dies at 74

By her own admission, Ann Hopkins could be abrasive, vulgar, relentless and impatient in the office.<p>She was also one of the best young consultants that Price Waterhouse had in 1982 in its Washington branch, according to managers who put her up for a partnership that year. She had billed more hours …

Civil Rights

McKinsey developed ten tests to help executives assess their strategies. A McKinsey Quarterly survey suggested that few pass more than three of them. To learn how your company stacks up, read “Have you tested your strategy lately?” (2011).

McKinsey Classics | June 2018<p>Strategy can be such a bear. Some companies go wrong by constantly searching for the “next new thing”—and, as one …

Management

Has Your Operations Team Made Itself Obsolete Yet?

We have a saying on my company’s operations team: Do things manually once, but never twice.<p>This ethos is part of an overall trend in operations teams across the technology sector. The traditional approach to operations — wherein the team’s goal is to manage processes, put out fires and own hiring — …

Amazon Web Services

Andreessen Horowitz Names Connie Chan A General Partner, Ending VC Firm's No-Promotion Policy

Andreessen Horowitz has prided itself on breaking some of venture capital’s longtime norms in its nine years of operation. Now with the promotion of Connie Chan to general partner, it’s breaking one of its own.<p>With Chan’s promotion announced on Tuesday, Andreessen Horowitz has a dozen general …

Venture Capital

How Giant Accenture Learned To Run At Digital's Fast Pace

<i>Chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme tells Forbes how his global consulting firm discovered that being a “fast follower” suddenly became fatally slow in the age of A.I. and cloud.</i><p><b>Q:</b> Describe your 35 years at Accenture, because I think talking about that will be an interesting way of describing what’s …

Innovation

GE Still Wrestles With a Big Problem: GE Capital

General Electric Co. has assured investors that its long-awaited reorganization sets the company on a path to recovery, but some on Wall Street still worry its biggest problem, GE Capital, will continue to get in the way.<p>GE Capital wasn’t central to the plans Chief Executive John Flannery unveiled …

Enterprise Tech

How the Financial Services Sector Differs From Banks | Investopedia

Banking is a subset of the financial services sector, although not all bank services are strictly defined as financial services. To fully understand …

U.S. Files Complaints With WTO Against Trading Partners

WASHINGTON—The U.S. fired back at lawsuits other countries have filed with the World Trade Organization over Trump steel and aluminum tariffs, escalating a trade dispute with some of America’s closest allies.<p>The U.S. on Monday filed separate claims against China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico …

Globalization

14 Ways To Protect Your Key Data (Without Buying More Software)

Data security is one of the top priorities — and biggest challenges — for modern businesses. High-profile breaches and data leaks are happening constantly, and companies need to remain on alert to ensure their sensitive information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.<p>For smaller businesses on a …

Information Systems