Amir Yousuf

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HSBC boss Stuart Gulliver admits his Swiss bank account 'looks strange'

HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint waded in several times in defend Gulliver against a panel of British politicians who were trying to wrap their heads around why Gulliver sheltered £5 million of his own money at a Panamanian company with Swiss HSBC account.<p>Both Gulliver and Flint were in Westminster to …

Why Your Analytics are Failing You

Many organizations investing millions in big data, analytics, and hiring quants appear frustrated. They undeniably have more and even better data. Their analysts and analytics are first-rate, too. But managers still seem to be having the same kinds of business arguments and debates — except with …

Are You a Holistic or a Specific Thinker?

It was Friday afternoon in Paris and I had spent the morning teaching a group of Chinese CEOs how to work effectively with Europeans. I asked the class: “What steps should the team leader in this case study take to manage different attitudes towards confrontation on the team?”<p>Lilly Li, a bird-like …

How to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills

We are faced with the need to make decisions every day. Should we bring product A or B to market? Which marketing strategy should we use? Of the choices that we have available, who is the best person to hire or who would make the best partner? In each case, we try to rely on as many facts as we can …

Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence

To get a more confident You in the new year — or a more confident company, community, family, or team — first know what gets in the way. The best resolutions will go nowhere without the confidence to stick with them.<p>Confidence is an expectation of a positive outcome. It is not a personality trait; …