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Fire CEOs at GM, Ford and Chrysler Now
I?m afraid that the bankruptcy of one or all three of Detroit?s auto giants will have a major negative impact on the global economy‚ and the U.S. government must bail them out.
The arguments presented by the executives .. 17181 read, 2756 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: The Challenge of Managing Generation Y Employees
While the financial tsunami currently sweeping the globe is grabbing all the headlines‚ another tidal wave of change is causing its own share of turmoil: the emergence of Generation Y employees. Impatient‚ demanding and outspoken&sbquo .. 13605 read, 1 comment .. [More]
Dire Straits: Fed Bails Citigroup
Desperate times call for desperate measures and the U.S. Fed?s bailout of Citigroup is no exception.  
By injecting $20 billion directly into the bank and backing $306 billion of Citigroup?s loans and securities&sb .. 15031 read, 1 comment .. [More]
GM Must Go Bankrupt to Survive
For years I warned that General Motors's inability to understand the U.S. car consumer would drag the corporation into bankruptcy.  For years I watched auto brands like BMW‚ Honda and Toyota produce cars that consumers liked and bought.&nb .. 15599 read, 3 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: Professional Services Firms Must Leverage Cross-Selling
As the global financial crisis takes its toll on economies around the world‚ professional services firms such as legal‚ management consulting and surviving financial institutions scramble to protect profitable growth. 

Part of .. 97446 read, 3 comment .. [More]
Greed Underpins Current Banking Crisis

"Morgan Stanley and Wachovia Corp. are in talks about a possible combination as the investment bank tries to come up with ways to survive the ongoing credit crisis‚ according to media reports..."

Greed an .. 19638 read, 2565 comment .. [More]
"Made in China" Takes Another Huge Hit
Frankly‚ the latest contaminated milk episode that has so far led to 1‚253 sick infants and two deaths in China has destroyed the ?China Brand? in my eyes.
As the Asian Wall Street Journ .. 14001 read, 2623 comment .. [More]
EXTRA: State of Emergency Declared in Thailand
For those following the political crisis in Thailand‚ it?s going to get worse before it gets better.
Before yesterday‚ it was all about anti-government protesters seeking the removal of Prime Minister Samak Sunda .. 5059 read, 1 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: Drawbacks of 'climate' surveys
Published on September 1‚ 2008...

I have always been sceptical about the value of organisational-climate surveys - annual surveys that ask employees how they feel about working for the company. The premise is that results from these surv .. 8822 read, 140 comment .. [More]
Lehman, Merrill Meldowns are Horrific

Earlier it was Bear Stearns‚ now it is Lehman Brothers‚ Merrill Lynch and AIG‚ all either directly or indirectly reeling from the deterioration of the credit markets.  All on the brink of failure.

This is as scary as .. 6596 read, 1 comment .. [More]

Why Personality Tests are a Waste of Time
For years retailers have used personality assessment tests to screen job candidates.  They believed such tests could help identify whether a job applicant would make a successful employee.  Over time‚ companies in other industries ? c .. 8514 read, 2372 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE (REDUX): Many Advantages of 360 Degree Feedback
One of the toughest challenges executives face is evaluating their own performance objectively.  Most people naturally have an overly optimistic view of themselves.  They believe they are ?above average‚? regardless of where they .. 11984 read, 1 comment .. [More]
Follow-up is Critical to Workshop Success

The most critical part of any meeting‚ workshop‚ or conference is follow up.  Without follow up‚ it does not matter what commitments are made.  Even the best intentions are usually left on the table once the meeting is .. 12330 read, 2569 comment .. [More]

Why Do Crest Brand Managers Hate Me?
I?ve been using Crest toothpaste since as far back as I can remember ? about 1964.  I?ve used it religiously‚ twice a day. 
Then‚ in the late 1990s and early 2000s‚ Crest started coming up with we .. 5776 read, 1 comment .. [More]
When Developing Strategy, Keep it Simple!
Last week‚ I facilitated a board strategy workshop in Vietnam with a Fortune 100 consumer products client.  
It was a follow up workshop from an earlier one I conducted six months ago. What was so eye-opening was the drama .. 17149 read, 2521 comment .. [More]

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