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Lehman Brothers collapse: five years on, we're still feeling the shockwaves

Threadneedle Street August 2013<p>Green shoots of recovery were bursting out all over as Mark Carney, the new governor of the Bank of England, presented his first health check on the UK economy. Napoleon hungered for "lucky generals" and George Osborne appeared to have followed the Bonapartist …

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How Modern Economics Is Built On 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

I reported earlier this month that the Financial Times published a pair of important articles asking why the goal of a firm is to maximize short-term shareholder value is still being taught in business schools.<p>“While there is growing consensus that focusing on short-term shareholder value is not …

Two cheers for reform

ADVOCATES of financial liberalisation in China will remember July 20th as a special day. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the country’s central …

July 2013

Opinion: Bright Nights, Big Problems

Why we should turn off the lights and appreciate the dark.<p><b>We live immersed in artificial light.</b><p>Astronomers rate the darkness of our skies on a scale (the Bortle Scale) of 9 (brightest) to 1 (darkest). Most of us spend our lives in the radiance of levels 5 through 8, only rarely venturing into areas …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

Eight Tips For A Successful App

Zit Picker, Yo Mama and iFart are all apps that are true to their names. There is an app for everything today, from senseless games to apps that monitor your heart rate, organize your to-do lists and even help you spy on your husband. Smartphones and tablets are outselling computers by over three …

Venture capital investments rose 12% in Q2, to $6.7 billion (report)

Venture capitalists invested $6.7 billion in 913 deals in the second quarter of 2013, marking a 12 percent increase in funding and 2 percent increase …

Good Companies Are Storytellers. Great Companies Are Storydoers

Discussions about story and storytelling are pretty fashionable in marketing circles. I have ambivalent feelings about this. On the one hand, as a lifelong advocate for the power of story in business, I find this very encouraging. For all companies, having a story and knowing that story are crucial …