Big Data and Analytics, Global Insights, Leadership

10 Maps and Charts that Explain Our Country: Society, Economy, and Prosperity in Focus

29 Nov , 2016  

The 2016 Presidential election has revealed, in part the dramatically different plights and outlooks of Americans. I believe these differences are rooted in social-economic realities that are not obvious to many of us living in prosperous bubbles. I have assembled a set of maps and graphs that help us understand these drastic differences. In the […]

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Leadership

What Would Lincoln Do? Lessons in Leadership

19 Nov , 2016  

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it is valuable to reflect on the origin of Thanksgiving and its importance for our nation and families today. Abraham Lincoln made his Thanksgiving proclamation on October 3, 1863, during the midst of the great Civil War. He knew division and the importance of reconciliation like no leader before […]

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Big Data and Analytics, Leadership

Do You Live in a Bubble? 5 Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

9 Nov , 2016  

Do You Live in a Bubble? 5 Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election The 2016 Presidential election offers many valuable lessons. It shows that for many Americans, especially those in urban areas, there is a bubble. Living in a bubble is a challenge for sound decision-making and leadership. The lessons embedded in the surprising results […]

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Career Advice, Global Insights, Leadership, Risk Management

The Data on US Debt: Measurement and Management

19 Oct , 2016  

“If you can’t Measure it, you can’t Manage it. ”   – W. Edwards Deming Each year, as a service to our students here at Northwestern University, I hold a special session showing new graduates how to make a personal financial plan. If you are not measuring your personal finances, you are not managing your personal finances. […]

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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 risks […]

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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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