Posts Tagged ‘ leadership & governance ’

Allstate Corporation-Lessons Learned from Katrina

May 3, 2011
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The largest publicly-held personal lines insurance company in the US, Allstate faced criticism for its handling of claims from Hurricane Katrina. In this video clip, Allstate CEO Thomas Wilson emphasizes the importance of quick response, when facing a disaster as significant as the Katrina aftermath. Wilson believes that it is important to make mistakes and…

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Low-Cost Solutions in Nuclear Energy are not Solutions

April 27, 2011
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Low-Cost Solutions in Nuclear Energy are not Solutions

In a recent interview with Areva CEO Anne Lauvergeon, conducted by Diane Brady of Bloomberg Businessweek, the conversation shifted to the role of nuclear energy in reducing consumer dependence upon imported energy. Areva, the world’s most important integrated nuclear energy companies with activities in all aspects of the business including mining, fuel enrichment, reactor design,…

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Future Global Trends

March 24, 2011
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Looking at the world forty years after Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock statement that “change is the only constant,” Riz Khan of Al Jazeera interviews Deborah Westphal (Managing Partner of Toffler Associates) and Henry Mason (Head of Research & Analysis for Trendwatching.com). Westphal believes we are in a period of accelerated change that will oblige businesses…

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CEO Dubai Airports

March 24, 2011
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CEO Dubai Airports

In laying out the vision for the Dubai Airports, CEO Paul Griffiths, describes the situation in 2008 and the future plan for 2011. He observes that the company is in the unique position of having full alignment of national interests, commerce and government with the strategic plan. Originally started as a refueling stop for carriers…

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Kasarda on Airports

March 24, 2011
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Kasarda on Airports

Most Aerotropoleis are developing outside of the United States. The role of aviation is central to urban competitiveness and development. With an aging infrastructure that is over-committed and inappropriate for forward-looking business, the US is losing ground to new developing territories such as Dubai, Chongqing, Songdo and Hyderabad. This video clip is a trailer for…

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Davos World Economic Forum – “Shared Norms for the New Reality”

February 22, 2011
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Davos World Economic Forum – “Shared Norms for the New Reality”

One of the year’s important world forums for economic advisors, political leaders, social glitterati and business trendsetters, just completed its annual conference. While the Davos World Economic Forum does not have formal policy power, by virtue of the international attendee list, the informal gatherings that occur do lead to world changes, or at least trends…

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Choices for E-Training Services Diminish as Needs Increases

February 18, 2011
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Over the past year, the e-learning industry consolidated through a steady stream of merger/acquisition activity. End-user choices for infrastructure (learning management software), content developers (serious games and virtual content), and deployment services (conferencing and asynchronous communication) are now in the hands of companies such as Blackboard, SAIC, Kaplan IT Learning, Hybrid Learning, Taleo, SumTotal, and…

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Facebook on the Asia-Prowl

February 18, 2011
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Facebook on the Asia-Prowl

Facebook announced the opening of its advertising sales office in Hong Kong, following the September opening of its Singapore office. Mainland China may be closed to the social media giant, but Asian companies are realizing the significance of accessibility to Facebook’s vast network of users. Taiwan and Hong Kong users represent a huge audience that…

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Succession planning in the wireless world

January 19, 2011
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Succession planning in the wireless world

When a founding entrepreneur leaves the company, questions concerning the company’s future abound. This past December, Craig McCaw, co-chairman of the board and founder of Clearwire, turned in his resignation. At 61 years old, this might appear to be an early leave from a bad situation, but closer inspection of the management dynamics reveals that…

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Predictions for 2011 from the Heartland

January 19, 2011
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Oklahoma technology-based startup company mentor, i2E Inc., prognosticates that prosperity in the business arena will be influenced by three trends in 2011: Super-angel investors will work together with micro-venture capital funds to fill entrepreneur needs rapidly. Foreign national students, currently in US-based academic STEM programs, will be retained in US-based jobs. Large firms will invest…

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