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Toyota's Ravaged Brand (Feb 10th)
The U.S. government today confirmed that the sudden acceleration problems related to Toyota vehicles was not caused by electronic failure. The problem‚ according to NHTSA‚ was due to mechanical failures such as sticky accelerator pedal .. 18959 read, 1 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: Part I The Pitfalls of Procrastination
If you are like most people‚ there are times when procrastination prevents you from achieving your goal.  It might be surfing the Internet to avoid completing a work assignment or making excuses for why you can?t go to the gym.  .. 14072 read, 266 comment .. [More]
China Copyrights: Why People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones
In a bizarre twist of fate‚ Chinese telcom giant Huawei Technologies has filed a lawsuit to block the sale of its former partner Motorola wireless networking division to Nokia Siemens.
Huawei contends in .. 9467 read, 1 comment .. [More]
Steve Jobs Takes Leave of Absence
This is alarming. For the second time in two years‚ Steve Jobs is taking medical leave from Apple. I don't have to see Apple?s stock to know that it will take a hit. Tim Cook‚ Apple?s COO has been described as a very capable operato .. 5091 read, 1 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: How to Build Rapport and Influence Others
As hostilities heat up between North and South Korea‚ it?s a shame to see some leaders still using force and intimidation to influence others.  This is hardly the recipe to win support or build long term commitment‚ writes Larry .. 105300 read, 1 comment .. [More]
Facebook Valuation Hits $50 billion
Goldman has just invested $500 million with a Russian investor into Facebook. 
This has further buoyed confidence in this social website.  I'm sure an IPO is in the offing within the next year or so.15631 read, 240 comment .. [More]
Credit Cards Set to Rise, Again
It seems credit card offers are rising again‚ after slumping for the past few years.  

The target group are those same high risk borrowers who defaulted on home and credit card loans that catapulted us into the recession two ye .. 11686 read, 1 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: What We Can Learn from Other Parts of the World
Larry Chao writes: What can businesses in other  parts of the world teach us about mangement here in Thailand?

One lesson comes from Brazil‚ where GDP is growing a vigorous 7%.  In response‚ many businesses have ratc .. 106459 read, 3 comment .. [More]
Is GM's Rebirth Sustainable?
It?s great to see General Motors back on the New York Stock Exchange after an 18 month hiatus.
GM posted a profit through the first nine months of this year ? something it hadn?t done for years. 
.. 14286 read, 267 comment .. [More]
Is America Headed for a "Lost Decade?"
Many are worried the U.S. is headed for a similar economic recession that paralyzed Japan for over two decades.  

The circumstances are similar ? asset bubbles followed by a severe drop in demand.

Yet t .. 15670 read, 181 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: Downside of Being a Slave to Technology
Has technology turned us into desk-bound managers‚ writes Larry Chao?  

How much time do we really spend interacting with customers and coaching our people versus sitting glued to our computers and Blackberries?
108587 read, 2 comment .. [More]
CentralWorld in Bangkok Re-Opens!

Yesterday I strolled through the refurbished CentralWorld and it looks terrific‚ writes Larry Chao.  While the facade of the mall facing Rajadamri is still under reconstruction‚ it looks like at least 50% of CentralWorld has been .. 10914 read, 1 comment .. [More]

Blackberry's new Playbook Tablet
Slated for introduction in the U.S. market in 2011‚ Blackberry's Playbook is positioned to attract the business user interested in the tablet design. 

But why settle for the Playbook when you can get an iPad?

It's going to be .. 9240 read, 1 comment .. [More]
PUBLISHED ARTICLE: The Virtues of Hard Practice
If people are so important and practice makes perfect‚ then why do we spend so little time rigorously practicing management skills? writes Larry Chao
For most organizations‚ management training is a few .. 13584 read, 1 comment .. [More]
When will Japan Get its Act Together?

On Sept 14th‚ DPJ lawmakers will decide between keeping current PM Naoto Kan or tossing him out in favor of Ichiro Ozawa.  If this happens‚ it would be the third prime minister for Japan within a year.

People hate uncertain .. 10104 read, 5040 comment .. [More]


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