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The New Silk Road – The Vision of an interconnected Eurasia

Our time is a time of disillusion. Skepticism and short-term thinking are typical behaviors of business professionals. Thus people with big ideas …

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Is It Time to Quit Your Job?

Everyone has bad days at work or even long periods when they feel disheartened about their job. But how do you know the difference between ordinary, occasional dissatisfaction and a genuine mismatch? How do you know when you’re truly ready to move on? And how do you then get out gracefully?<p><b>What the</b> …

The Two Questions Every Manager Must Ask

When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. And management techniques, practices, and strategies are no different. When you read a business book or attend a presentation on a particular management practice, it is a good habit to explicitly ask, <b>“What might it not be good for?”</b> When …

Where Are All the Self-Employed Workers?

Along with a bunch of other, more headline-grabbing numbers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning that 14.4 million Americans were self-employed in January. Of those, 9.2 million were unincorporated self-employed workers and another 5.2 million were incorporated.<p>That’s interesting, …

Inequality in the United States and China

Income inequalities in the United States and China are not only high, and similarly high (which has been the case for a decade already), they are also becoming a serious political problem in both countries. President Obama in his 2012 State of the Union address called inequality a “defining issue …

The Four Secrets to Employee Engagement

How did you feel about coming to work this morning?<p>I’m sure many factors influenced whether you felt like digging right in, but one of the most significant was almost surely your boss.<p>It seems obvious: Direct supervisors who set their teams up for success, observe them in action, ask for feedback, …

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …

Start-ups: Before You Launch Your Product, Start With a Service

Raising funding for startups in Silicon Valley is a low probability game. Fewer than 1% who try actually succeed.<p>Outside the Valley, the startup eco-systems are mostly immature, and the probability gets even lower.<p>The bar to raise seed funding is getting higher and higher. Seed investors are mostly …

How to Write a Cover Letter

No one likes job hunting. Scouring through online jobs boards, spiffing up your résumé, prepping for grueling interviews — none of it’s fun. But perhaps the most challenging part of the process is writing an effective cover letter. There’s so much conflicting advice out there, it’s hard to know …