Career Advice, Leadership

Getting the Most out of Your College Investment: Advice to New MBAs and College Students

28 Aug , 2016  

Getting the Most out of Your College Investment: Advice to New MBAs and College Students

Fall is nearly here in Evanston, Illinois; the maples are turning orange and the summer is quickly cooling. In the coming weeks, we will welcome our new students to campus at Northwestern University. It is always an exciting time of the year. It is exciting to be part of the new journey that our students […]

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Career Advice, Leadership

Amazon’s Cloud, Future of CIOs, and Career Advice for All in IT

5 Apr , 2016  

Amazon’s Cloud, Future of CIOs, and Career Advice for All in IT

Amazon’s cloud services business (as part of Amazon Web Services – AWS) has been a great success and shows no sign of retreating. Amazon’s cloud computing business did exceptionally well in the fourth quarter of 2015, generating $687 million in profit on sales of $2.4 billion.[1] That is a business on track to generate $10 […]

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Leadership, Risk Management

Business Strategy Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

9 Mar , 2016  

Business Strategy Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 Presidential Election has offered surprises and intrigue. It has also offered excellent examples of strategy at work. These lessons are most applicable to business, too. These are 7 important business strategy lessons from the election: Lead with a Simple and Direct Message: Trump has a very simple and direct tagline, “Make America Great, […]

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Leadership, Risk Management

Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016

9 Jan , 2016  

Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016

Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016 With 2016 just about a week old, I would like to share some risk issues that are interesting to consider in 2016. Federal Reserve Interest Rate Increase Although delayed many times, the Federal Reserve did finally increase the benchmark interest rate.[1] However, inflation […]

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Global Insights, Leadership

Understanding China’s One-Child Policy Shift: Big Demographic and Economic Changes Ahead

29 Oct , 2015  

Understanding China’s One-Child Policy Shift: Big Demographic and Economic Changes Ahead

  Understanding China’s One-Child Policy Shift: Big Demographic and Economic Changes Ahead Today, China announced that it is abandoning its 35-year policy of limiting families to only one child. This policy has become a demographic experiment unmatched in the history of the world. Owing to this policy on reproduction, China is experiencing many challenges and […]

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Leadership, Risk Management

Risk Management Leadership Lesson: The Value of Trust in Operations

29 Oct , 2015  

Risk Management Leadership Lesson: The Value of Trust in Operations

Risk Management Leadership Lesson: The Value of Trust in Operations In business and life, we grow to expect certain things. Namely, our society expects companies to produce products that are safe and reliable. We go to Yelp and rail against restaurants that do not meet our expectation for service. However, large firms, when caught red-handed […]

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Leadership, Risk Management

Risk Management Leadership Lessons – The Importance of Focusing on Operational Risk

10 Oct , 2015  

Risk Management Leadership Lessons – The Importance of Focusing on Operational Risk

The Volkswagen case shows us a contemporary case of what can go dramatically wrong when an enterprise does not focus on its operational risk. Worse, it shows what happens when a lack of leadership and presence of cheating overtake the virtues and values of the firm. Operational risk is a major concern for many firms […]

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Leadership, Risk Management

Risk Management Leadership Lessons – Operations Are Improved when Leaders Welcome Bad News

2 Oct , 2015  

Risk Management Leadership Lessons – Operations Are Improved when Leaders Welcome Bad News

Risk Management Leadership Lessons – Operations Are Improved when Leaders Welcome Bad News As the Volkswagen case unravels before our eyes, it plays out a familiar and repeated lesson on dealing with risk. This lesson is that early warning signs were available, but ignored. It appears that Bosch warned VW of the illegal diesel emissions […]

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Leadership, Risk Management

The Value of Trust: Operating for Success

27 Sep , 2015  

The Value of Trust: Operating for Success

The Value of Trust: Operating for Success In business and life, we grow to expect certain things. Namely, our society expects companies to produce products that are safe and reliable. We go to Yelp and rail against restaurants that do not meet our expectation for service. However, large firms, when caught red-handed often have gotten […]

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Global Insights, Leadership

The World in 2050: Rapid Changes Ahead

11 Sep , 2015  

The World in 2050: Rapid Changes Ahead

The World in 2050: Rapid Changes Ahead Last week, I picked up a copy of the Wall Street Journal and was saddened and troubled to see the picture of a baby Syrian boy’s body being recovered from the sea. It was all the more ironic that I was preparing to give a talk on the […]

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